In a few short years, the Hult Prize has become 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. 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
Hult Prize @ gives you an opportunity to host a local Hult Prize event on campus, allowing the winning team to bypass the traditional application process and fast track their idea through one of fifteen regional final rounds of competition. The program allows more students to compete around the world, leading to more ideas and ultimately more start-ups, each poised for radical impact. For the past three years, we have seen the number of global finalists coming out of Hult @ events growing rapidly. In fact, in 2015, 2016 and 2017, five out of six global finalists came from the Hult @ Initiative, and both the 2014 and 2016 Hult Prize Global Champions heralded from Hult @ campuses.
September 1st – December 17th
July - August 2018
Not interested in hosting Hult Prize event on campus, you can still compete in Hult Prize by completing the General Application
The general application window closes on December 2017. Hult Prize @ events are completed by December 17, 2017. Regional Finals take place on March 2017. The Hult Prize Accelerator takes in July and August, and the 2018 Finals will take place in September 2018.
The aim of the Hult Prize is to launch a start-up enterprise that can radically change the world and breed the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
Students from any college or university in the world are invited to form teams of 3-4. You are considered a student if at the time of application submission, you have not yet graduated. Alumni and faculty are not allowed to be official team members.
A broad range of resources are made available to students who decide to enter the Hult Prize, including one-million dollars in start-up capital to the winner along with an ecosystem that includes mentors, judges, enablers and others via the Hult Prize Accelerator.
No. An idea is NOT required to participate in the Hult Prize, as the objective is to build the next big start-up, not necessarily to identify it.
Hult Prize provides a tool-kit to get started on building your social enterprise through the form of a case study, narrated by President Bill Clinton. All you have to do is download the case study and get started.
The target social impact area of focus / theme for the Hult Prize changes every year. The 2017-18 theme will be announced in 2017 Hult Prize Global Finals.
Regional Finals for the Hult Prize are held in cities around the world in March and are not restricted to geographic location, so any team can participate anywhere. The Hult Prize Accelerator is hosted in Boston and the Global Finals are hosted by the United Nations in New York.
Teams can apply online for entry into the Regional Finals through hultprize.org or compete in a locally organized Hult Prize @ event, where the winner will bypass the application round and be guaranteed a place into one of five Regional Finals.
The general application window closes on December 23, 2016. Hult Prize@ events are completed by December 16, 2016. Regional Finals take place on March 3 and 4, 2017. The Hult Prize Accelerator takes place late June through mid August, and the 2017 Finals will take place in September 2017.
Each Regional Final winning teams advances to our Hult Prize Global Accelerator and our Global Final in New York in September, which is hosted, by the United Nations.
Hult Prize @ is a quarterfinal program for the Hult Prize, where local university competition winners automatically advance into one of the six regional final events.
Students. The program allows student leaders on campus to organize their own, localized version of the Hult Prize, using a turn-key tool kit. Students interested in becoming their campus director should sign up to receive more information.
Local events provide the university student body an opportunity to bypass the general application round and advance directly into the Hult Prize Regional Finals while better preparing students for the next round of competition. Last year, five out of the six global finalists came from the Hult Prize@ rounds. In 2014, the overall champion was a Hult Prize@ winner.
Hult Prize @ is an international program run by the Hult Prize Foundation with full time, dedicated staff in place to support campus directors and their events.
Hult Prize @ events are open to all students from the organizing university only; this includes undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs. Alumni and faculty are not allowed to be official team members.
All Hult Prize @ events for the 2017-2018 cycle must be completed by December 17, 2017
Teams that compete in their local Hult Prize @ competition and do not win can still apply to participate in one of five Regional Finals through the general Hult Prize application window, which is open through December 2017.
Team sizes, rules and regulations of Hult Prize @ will in general conform to the overall Hult Prize competition, while specific modifications per circumstance will be allowed.
A minimum of 10* competing teams must register and compete, for the Hult Prize @ event at your university to be considered official. Exceptions may be made but must be pre-approved. A full listing of participating Hult Prize @ host universities will be published on October 1, 2016.
An event consists of three main criteria:
1. Teams pitch their start-up solution to the challenges outlined in the case document
2. Judges watch and score each of the pitches and engage in Q and A
3. Selection of a winner based on the criteria provided.
Tool-kits will be provided to campus directors and include a turn-key website, digital marketing materials, suggested operating manuals, judge and student recruiting aides along with the case study and scoring matrix.
All campus directors will qualify for over 25 incentives, amongst which include meeting Hult Prize Global Final judges and Prof. Mohammad Yunus along with a trip to New York to attend the United Nations Headquarters.
Hult Prize @ events will be ranked on three criteria including: number of teams that participate, types and number of judges recruited and general buzz your event creates #hultprize