Hult Prize competition at EARTH

Emmanuel Gonfatee CooperEmmanuel Gonfatee Cooper

Emmanuel Gonfatee Cooper (‘15, Liberia)

This year I had the opportunity to be selected as a campus director for the Hult Prize competition at EARTH. The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s top universities. Named as “one of the top five ideas changing the world” by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas: start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive USD $1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community. The aim of the Hult Prize is to breed the next generation of social entrepreneurs, and launch start-up social enterprises that can radically change the world. Each of the finalists receives pilot funding along with membership to the Clinton Global Initiative. It is called the “Nobel Prize for students” by media outlets world-wide, the Hult Prize is offered in partnership with former US President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. It is hosted and supported by Hult International Business School, and generously funded by Swedish entrepreneur Bertil Hult and his family.

For the first time the world´s largest student competition comes to EARTH University as students tackle President Clinton´s global 2016 Hult Prize challenge. Would you like to be the next USD 1 Million winner? Winning a Hult Prize at EARTH event automatically advances you to a regional competition where teams get to pitch their start-up in front of world-class judges, mentors and advisers. Each of the regional winning teams will get the chance to pitch their game changing idea to President Clinton, receive win one million dollars, and receive a one year membership to the Clinton Global Initiative! The competition is open to all EARTH students and also graduates who would like to make a change in the world. And for this 2016 the challenge is to create sustainable, scalable, fast-growing social enterprises that double the income of 10 million people living in crowded urban spaces by 2022, through better connecting people, goods, services and capital.

I applied last year to participate in one of the regional finals and unfortunately was not selected among more than 20,000 applications so this is my advice to all students that want to participate: take advantage of the on campus event and bypass being part of more than 20,000 applicants and get to regional finals in San Francisco, USA.


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