about hult prize india

Hult Prize is the world's largest student social entrepreneusrhip competition and award.

The 2016-17 challenge saw over 1000 Universities from 130 countries competing for the prestigious Prize of $ 1 million.

In 2016-17 over 50 top Indian campuses participated. 5000 students were involved, with over 2000 competing for the top 10 slots to represent India at the Global regional finals at London, San Francisco, Boston, Dubai and Shanghai.

Hult Prize India is a National Program executed by Aster (Aravindam Sustainable Training and Enterprise), authorised to represent Hult Prize in India.
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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

2Form a team of 3-4 students

3Register with your HP Campus Director or apply online by clicking here

4Winning team will pitch their idea at one of the five Hult Prize Regional Finals

5Winners pitch their ideas for USD1 million at the 2017 Hult Prize Finals

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Meet the Judges

Arjun Malhotra

Co Founder
HCL Group

Sanjay Kadaveru

Founder and President
Action For India

Amit Boni

Country Head
Motorola India

Gaurav Kapur

VP
Yes Institute at Yes Bank

Meetul Patel

GM
Microsoft

Rajan Kalani

VP
Barclays Capital

Latika Thukral

Founder iamgurgaon
Former Sr.VP Citibank

Jayaroopa Jeyabarathi

Principal
Unitus Impact Fund

Azim Lalani

Business Head
Firstpost at Network18

YL Madan

Ex. Director
Corporate Finance
IOB. Board of Directors
V Club

Navneet Ahuja

Founder
unhide

Amjad Ali Khan

Founder and Executive Director
International Summer School, New Delhi

Raj Nehru

Vice Chancellor
Vishwakarma Skills University

Vikas Gupta

Managing Director, Talent
Deloitte

Amita Sarwal

Senior Journalist
Freelance Editor

Santhosh Ramdoss

Dell Foundation

Manish Ranjan

CEO, CoFounder
Nanohealth
Hult Prize Winner 2014

Raj Bordia

Founder
Sociocross
Advisor, ex-National Director
Hult Prize India

Ravi Chandran

Founder, COO
Ellora Health Technologies

Fahad Azad

New Product Development Head
Hitech Robotic Systemz

Vinay Shukla

Director
Whitespan Management Consulting

Alisha Johnson

Group Advisor
Templeton Group

Dr. Suyog Kumar Bhavare

COO
Jagriti Yatra

Trainers

Bawa Grover

Founder
Hexagon Consulting.

Prof.Vijay Ghei

Design Thinking
Hult International Business School

Renu Ramakrishnan

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

Kamil Torczewski

Managing Director, White Raven Academy
Wroclaw, Poland

Sonia Kabra

Buu Pass, Founder
HP Global Winner 2016

Manish Ranjan

Founder, CEO NanoHealth
HP Global Winner 2014

The Hult Prize is the benchmark competition for social entrepreneurship.

10,000,000

Slum Dwellers Targeted

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

2,400,000

Million Man-Hours

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

1,500

Social Business Ideas Generated

Sum of all regional finalists teams through 2015 competition.

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22,000

Annual Applications

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

1,500

Entrepreneurs

Participating in the regional finals in 2015.

600

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

Vishaka Beriwala

Vishaka Beriwala

Director
V Club
Nita Kapoor

Nita Kapoor

Consultant, Product Strategy & Marketing
Rajeev Gupta

Rajeev Gupta

Mentor, Business Development
Vidula Khera

Izabela Rachwal

Graphic Designer
Renu Ramakrishnan

Renu Ramakrishnan

MBA(Marketing), Lehigh University, USA
Ravi Chandran

Ravi Chandran

IIT Bombay, IIM Calcutta

Justyna Janus

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

Kasia Szalapska

Jagiellonian University, Poland
Gaurav Jain

Gaurav Jain

B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur
Krishna Pethaperumal

Krishna Pethaperumal

PGPM(Analytics), School of Inspired Leadership
Syed Mohd Sohail

Syed Mohd Sohail

Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Siddharth Agarwal

Siddharth Agarwal

Veditum, IIT Kharagpur
Lohit Garg

Lohit Garg

National Head RIZOBACTER
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Bindesh Bharti

Aravindam Foundation
team7

Manisha Salal

Aravindam Foundation
team7

Jyoti Gupta

Aravindam Foundation
team7

Sana Subzawari

Aravindam Foundation

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I want fly high, up in the sky'

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Photographer: Utkarsh Goyal
IMT Ghaziabad

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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.