AUI Participates in Hult Prize Regional Semi-Finals in Tunis

05.16.2019


Three Engineering and Management Science students, Leila Karroumi, Kenza Soufiane, and Ikhlas Aoukli represented Al Akhawayn University, and have been selected to participate in the 10th Annual Hult Prize Regional Summit in Tunis from April 19th to April 22st, 2019. Their application was selected from a pool of over 200,000 candidates from 120 countries. Only 5% of applicants were selected for this stage of the Hult Prize Challenge: the Semi-finals in Tunis. Benefitting from an AUI travel grant, two students represented the whole team in the competition.

The pitched idea aims at empowering Moroccan rural women by giving them the opportunity to be financially independent. Through their company called ‘Atlas Dynasty’, the students were successful in bringing the job market closer to women in villages and giving them the opportunity to take control over their lives.

The Hult Prize is the world’s biggest engine for the launch of for-good, for-profit startups emerging from university with over 2,500 staff and volunteers around the world”. It is a competition, in which the best ideas are selected so they can be developed into real start-up companies. Each year, teams of 3 to 4 students representing a university, participate in this challenge by showcasing their innovative ideas on how to tackle a global issue. This international competition welcomes students from over 100 countries every year. Regional competitions are hosted world-wide and winning start-ups from each region move on to the Hult Prize Accelerator, which is an 8-week summer program where teams work on developing their ideas through mentorship and workshops. The final teams selected present their ideas at the UN headquarters in an event hosted by Bill Clinton. This year’s challenge is about creating a start-up company that would provide meaningful work for 10,000 people within the next decade.