Hult Prize Foundation Announces Class of 2021 Finalists

240+ Entrepreneurs From 40+ Nations To Attend Global Social Impact Accelerator For A Run At The 1MUSD Prize

London, United Kingdom, May 2021. 

The Hult Prize Foundation announced today its Class of 2021 Hult Prize Finalists. 240+ entrepreneurs representing 40+ countries across 5 continents have qualified for the semi-final stage of the flagship one-million-dollar Hult Prize Challenge. The 12th cohort was down-selected from a pool of more than 300,000 college and university student participants from over 121 countries who participated in this year’s Hult program in partnership with the United Nations. 

Each of the finalists began their journey to impact this past Fall after responding to the 2021 Hult Prize Challenge, creating startups that will transform food into a vehicle of change and impact the lives of 10,000,000 people by 2030. After nearly a year of ideating, prototyping, testing, and pitching, these startup entrepreneurs will now advance to the largest startup accelerator program in the world where the top company will take home one million dollars in seed capital. 

The Hult Prize Global Accelerator encompasses four distinct phases throughout a 4-month period, starting off with its cutting-edge Digital Accelerator and Pilot Phase that will present on-demand courses, live sessions and experts coaching as well as social activities for networking and community building. Finalizing at an in-person immersive phase hosted in a castle on a 500-acre estate on the outskirts of London, UK – former residence of Queen Victoria. The Global Accelerator will serve as the ultimate platform to all of the entrepreneurs who will be joined by 60 full-time Hult staff, 80+ experts, mentors, and coaches who will support and guide the entrepreneurs through a bespoke live, play, work commercialized innovation program – custom designed for accelerated and profitable social impact. 

Hult Prize CEO and Founder, Ahmad Ashkar, went on to say, “this time we are returning to the root of human experience. ‘Food for Good’, represents and encompasses all living-things, culture, environment and human connection. We are eager to launch all of these disruptive startups into the market as we work together with the greater community to have a long-lasting impact on the industry.” 

Operating in its 12th year, the Hult Prize Foundation has launched some of today’s most disruptive companies in the impact sector including Aspire Food Group – the global leader in edible insects, and mentored the greatest number of Forbes 30 Under 30 Honorees than any other. The organization has inspired, trained and mobilized millions of college and university students worldwide, offering free best-in-class education, soft-skills development, and learning programs directly to students through it’s OnCampus network of more than 3,000 college campuses around the world. 

To learn more about these entrepreneurs and their startup ideas, follow them on their journey by visiting hultprize.org or contacting nabilah.tarin@hultprize.org.

About the Hult Prize Foundation

The Hult Prize transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as leaders of change in the world around them. The Hult Prize has brought impact-focused programs and events to over a million students globally, creating a pathway for youth everywhere to take action to build a better world.

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