about hult prize india

The Hult Prize India is the largest National Program of the Hult Prize, the UN partner and the world's largest student's social entrepreneurship award. The Hult Prize India is managed by Aravindam Foundation (Education), and Aster (Ideation Hub), committed to promote innovation by students in India, to solve the world's most pressing problems. Our Mantra, 'Innovate, Create, a New India and a New World'.

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how will you change the world with us$1 million?

Message from the Hult Prize India Directors

Abhimanyu Abrol

Ewelina Janus

Lokesh Abrol

The Hult Prize is now the world's largest student competition. As the most prestigious award on the planet for the creation of new social enterprises, we are expanding our footprint in our quest to tackle the world's most pressing issues.

Students in India will soon have the dual advantage of competing for The Hult Prize India Award and accelerate to The Hult Prize International award.

Each event organized on your campus will provide teams with unparalleled opportunities and resources to have impact, including support through an international community of change agents and $1,000,000 in start-up capital.

We will make 'Social' and 'Entrepreneurship' not just good business but the only way businesses should be.

How can I compete?

1Download the President's challenge

2Get ready for your first pitch - explore mentorship opportunities with HPI here

3Form a team of 3-4 students

4Find your Campus HERE and Register with your HP Campus Director.
Not having Campus Director? Apply online here

5Winning team will pitch their idea at one of the fifteen Hult Prize Regional Finals

Winning Team

The Main idea behind our model is the introduction of spherical surface, redesigning the flat based Solar water Heater to Spherical Based water heater in order to ensure that at any given point of time sun rays are incident directly at an angle of 90 degree on the heat collector thereby decreasing the area by 60%, but also increasing the efficiency from 18 to 40%. Our model is a design innovation in solar water heating that enhances heat conversion efficiency of solar heaters. This makes heating affordable and practical for the millions in the underdeveloped communities, that are presently deprived of this basic need.

Swami Vivekanand once said "Give me a group of 100 young people and I can revolutionize the society."

I am lucky that I got a group of 8 young and like minded people who are headed not only to impact the environment, but also the lives of millions of people. Hult prize acted as a catalyst to our mission and gave us the reason to move ahead with more passion and enthusiasm.

2018 India National Finals

Courtesy of unhide and Mayank Choudhary, IIT Kharagpur.


National Finals 2018 Day 1 at The Circle, Gurgaon

National Finals 2018 Day 2 at IIT Delhi, Part 1

National Finals 2018 Day 2 at IIT Delhi, Part 2

2018 Hult Prize India National Panelists

Sauvik Banerjee

Tata Cliq

Tania Friederichs

Head - Research & Innovation
European Union Delegation

Partha Roy Chowdhury

Principal Investment Specialist
Invest India

Raj Nehru

Vice Chancellor
Vishwakarma Skill University

Dr Unnat Pandit

Chief of Operations
Atal Innovation Mission

Venkat Garimella

VP Strategy and Alliances
Schneider Electric India

Gaurav Kapoor

Yes Institute at Yes Bank

Swati Paliwal

Rich Field Ventures

Manish Ranjan

Founder, CEO NanoHealth
HP Global Winner 2014

Jayanthi J

Head HR
Shardul Amarchand M

Amit Kumar

Senior Director, Social Transformation

Tushar Mittal

Managing Director
Studiokon Ventures Pvt Ltd

Sabih Kidwai

Director HR
Schneider Electric

Shobha Mishra Ghosh

Assistant Secretary General

Yukiko Koyama

Senior Protection Officer

Hitesh Oberoi

COO & Director

Bhanu Prasad Mellachervu Naga

Impact innovation Coach
TCS Foundation

2018 Hult Prize India National Judges

Raghava Rao

Vice President Finance
Amazon India

Sandipan Chattopadhyay

CEO and Founder
Xelpmoc Design and Tech Pvt Ltd

Suyogkumar Bhavare

Jagriti Yatra

Ritu Lal VP

Institutional Relations
Amplus Energy Solutions (Amplus Solar)

Mahesh Kanumury

Managing Director

Ajay Mutreja

Strategy Advisor, Mentor & Board Member (Startups)
National Startup Committee FICCI

Sugato Das

Founder and Director
The Metropolitan School of Music

Latika Thukral

Co Founder

Navneet S. Ahuja


Jayaroopa Jeyabarathi

Patamar Capital

Prashant Khatana

Legal Consultant
High Court of Delhi

Ruchika Sud

Sr Marketing Manager

Dhruv Mehra

Start-up India

Sanjay Kadaveru

Founder and President
Action For India

Ipshita Sengupta

Policy Associate

Ashish Gupta

Samarth Life Management

Nakul Gupta

Assistant Professor and Coordinator
Centre for Entrepreneurship - MDI Gurgaon

2017-18 Hult Prize India Mentors

Sharat Chandra

TelEnergy Technologies Pvt Limited

Vikas Kuthiala

Chief Mentor

Sandeep Chopra

Managing Partner Purple Patch Ventures LLP

Ashit Maru


Rupendra Bhatnagar

Dustara Technologies

Dr Vibha Dhawan

VC TERI University

Kamil Torczewski

Managing Director, White Raven Academy
Wroclaw, Poland

Shalini Sarin

Senior Vice President HR for Professional Business
Philips Lighting

Vijay Ghei

Professor and Independent Consultant
Aster Consulting

Sonia Kabra

Buu Pass, Founder
HP Global Winner 2016

Ravi Chandran

Founder, COO
Ellora Health Technologies

Renu Ramakrishnan

Training Facilitator, Hult Prize India Core Team, MBA, Lehigh University, USA

The Hult Prize is the benchmark competition for social entrepreneurship.


Slum Dwellers Targeted

2015 Hult Prize stretch target for individuals impacted by winning idea.


Million Man-Hours

Estimated for 2015. Total applications multiplied by average hours spent per team per challenge via poll of past participants.


Social Business Ideas Generated

Sum of all regional finalists teams through 2015 competition.


Annual Applications

Total number of applications in all rounds of 2015 Hult Prize.



Participating in the regional finals in 2015.


Schools Represented

In total since the inaugural year (2009).

Time Magazine, October 2012

"One of the top 5 ideas changing the world."

- President Bill Clinton

Hult Prize India Team

Nita Kapoor

Nita Kapoor

Consultant, Product Strategy & Marketing
Syed Mohd Sohail

Syed Mohd Sohail

Lead - On Campus Program
Geetika Khera

Geetika Khera

Consultant, Corporate Relations
Shubham Goel

Shubham Goel

IIT Delhi
Shivani Parey

Shivani Parey

Social Media Manager
Atreyee Chakraborty

Atreyee Chakraborty

Socia Media Manager
Roshan Mishra

Roshan Mishra

Jadavpur University
Ayush Gupta

Ayush Gupta

IIT Kharagpur
Klaudia Kasprzak

Klaudia Kasprzak

Design Management
Izabela Rachwal

Izabela Rachwal

Graphic Designer
Dominika Orlik

Dominika Orlik

Graphic Designer
Heeral Nagpal

Heeral Nagpal

Fundraising Executive

Justyna Janus

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

Kasia Szalapska

Jagiellonian University, Poland
Gaurav Jain

Gaurav Jain

B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur
Siddharth Agarwal

Siddharth Agarwal

Veditum, IIT Kharagpur


Counselling Partners

  • Eco-system Partner

  • Venue Partner

  • Outreach Partners

  • F&B Partner


Media Mentions



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hult Prize?

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues.

The annual initiative is the world’s largest crowdsourcing platform for social good and one of the planet’s leading forces for good.

Participants compete in local events organized on campuses around the world or apply online to partake in the regional finals which are held in five international cities around the world, including: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and on-line.

Winning start-ups from each city move onto the Hult Prize Accelerator for the summer before attending the global finals, which are hosted by former President Bill Clinton. Collectively, more than ten thousand students, representing more than 150 countries around the world participate in the Hult Prize and spend over 2 million man-hours on solving the world's most pressing issues.

Through crowdsourcing, training, mentorship and funding, the Hult Prize seeks to build and launch the next wave of social entrepreneurs.

Are participants supposed to solve a specific problem?

Yes. Each year, a pressing social challenge is selected by President Clinton and becomes the theme for the respective cycle. The "President's Challenge" provides a specific and measurable objective that each participating team is intended to solve through the creation of a sustainable social enterprise.

In March, selected participants are invited to pitch their start-ups that specifically address the challenges identified in the case.  A clearly defined framework is also provided to ensure your idea contains the necessary qualities and mandates to be an innovation breakthrough.

How can college and university students help with a social challenge?

Traditional non-profit organizations struggle to make a telling contribution despite having a potentially powerful solution to a problem. Not because they lack commitment or funding, but because they face execution hurdles that can only be solved by leveraging a wide range of skill-sets and an on-the-ground understanding of the situation.

Overcoming execution hurdles is what colleges and universities teach their students, specifically business schools, since the ability to execute is critical in business. Furthermore, business schools are home to a wide variety of students from different industries and countries that collectively have a very broad knowledge base. Harnessing this resource through crowd-sourcing innovative ideas and solutions is a technique that is poised to create radical breakthroughs in the social space.

How does the Hult Prize work?

The Hult Prize runs regional competitions in five cities around the world and on-line, a summer accelerator and a final pitch-off at the 2017 Hult Prize Global Finals. Your journey begins with a call to action by President Clinton in late September. Applications for participation in the Hult Prize India event are now open, and teams will compete for the top spots at the India National Level. The winning teams will attend one of the five regional finals worldwide, in either Dubai, London, Shanghai, San Francisco, or Boston. Regional winners then move on-to a boot-camp style accelerator, where you will further work on the development of your social enterprise. At the conclusion of the accelerator your idea will be "investment ready" in the form of a company. Once complete, you will pitch your final start-up at the 2017 Hult Prize Global Finals, where the winner will receive USD1 million in seed capital to scale their enterprise. Interested participants can apply via the "Apply Now" link on this site.

Who is Hult?

Hult is the family name of Swedish born entrepreneur and billionaire, Bertil Hult, one of Europe’s leading entrepreneurs who founded EF Education First, the largest private education company in the world. Hult International Business School (formerly the Arthur D. Little School of Management) is a global business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. It is named after Bertil Hult. Hult is ranked in the top 20 business schools in the United States and in the top 100 in the world, including number one for international business. Today it has over 3000 students enrolled across its campuses, from over 130 different countries. The Hult family provides the annual USD1 million in seed capital awarded to the winner of the annual Hult Prize.

Why is Hult doing this?

The recent financial crisis has taught us the importance of practicing sound business ethics. The Hult Prize is dedicated to teaching college and university students from around the world that the skills they learn can be applied for-good as well as for-profit. Hult International Business School is a natural host for such an initiative. Not simply because it has a global campus network that can very effectively bring together students from all over the world, but also because many of the 130 countries that Hult students hail from face global challenges in the areas of energy, finance, hunger, disease and education; challenges that require solutions which are broad in scope, yet detailed in implementation.

Who gets the million dollars?

The winning student team and their new start-up. Each year the Hult Prize provides one million dollars in seed capital to the very best start-up for social good. The prize money is seeded into the newly created company, which will be run by the student team who came up with the idea.

How was the Hult Prize created?

The Hult Prize is the brainchild of Ahmad Ashkar, a Hult International Business School alumnus who developed the concept whilst still a student. Ahmad had the idea after seeing Charles Kane, the CEO of One Laptop Per Child, describe some of the challenges his organization faced during a speech in class. Ahmad is currently the CEO of the Hult Prize and continues to bring innovation and thought leadership to the social impact sector.