AUI Selected to Host Hult Prize On Campus
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane has been selected to host the local edition of the Hult Prize OnCampus program as students answer the United Nations Challenge, and go head-to-head for a prize of one million US dollars.
Ms. Yousra Bensouda, the student who is AUI's Hult Prize OnCampus program's Campus Director, recently announced that AUI was selected to host the local edition of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student movement for the creation of new social enterprises. The annual Hult Prize awards one million dollars in start-up funding to the team of students that develops the most radical and breakthrough idea to solve one of our world’s toughest social challenges.
In partnership with the United Nations, the Hult Prize is hosting college and university events around the world in search of the next game-changing start-up. Ms. Bensouda will be leading the Hult Prize OnCampus program at AUI, and she is confident that her peers have as good of a chance as anyone to go all the way with this year’s Hult Prize. Ms. Bensouda had the following to say about the event, "It's not everyday that you have an opportunity to change the world. This is your chance to shine, and show that you are dedicated to impact."
The winner of the intra-campus event will automatically advance to compete in one of fifteen regional finals happening around the world. One winning team from each host city will then move onto a summer business accelerator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business. A final round of competition will be hosted in September, where the winning team to be awarded the $1,000,000 prize.
Former US President Bill Clinton joined the Hult Prize family in 2010 and said, “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces."
About the Hult Prize Foundation:
Hult Prize is the world’s biggest engine for the launch of for-good, for-profit startups emerging from university with over 2500 staff and volunteers around the world. In nearly a decade, the movement has deployed more than $50M of capital into the sector and mobilized more than one million young people to re-think the future of business as it continues to breed disruptive innovation on college and university campuses across 100 plus countries. The Hult Prize Foundation been called the”Nobel Prize for Students” and has been featured in a TIME Magazine Cover Story highlighting the “Top 5 Ideas Changing the World.”
To learn more, visit www.hultprize.org.