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Hult Prize

The Hult Prize is a global competition that partners with the Clinton Global Initiative to challenge students to tackle the world’s greatest social problems by developing an idea for a social enterprise. This year’s topic is “Refugees – Reawakening Human Potential” and focused on restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be or are forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change and war. This competition is a student-organized event (per competition rules), and the leads this year were Sydney Joseph ’18 and Jessie Capper ’17.

The winner of CMC’s competition will be automatically sent to the regional finals in San Francisco in March 2017. KLI hosted weekly workshops to support teams in their pursuit of the prize. Our workshop leads are Professor Heather Ferguson, Department of History, Neela Rajendra, and Professor Jay Conger.  These workshops provided teams with critical context and deeper understanding of the topic, presentation skills for memorable pitches, and important knowledge of business models and how to turn an idea into a sustainable, profit generating solution.

Winners of the Hult Prize@CMC were Vanessa Liu ’17, Sarah Sanbar ’17, Umar Farooq ’17, and Khadija Hassanali ’17 for their idea, IllumiNation, to have the potential to be the most disruptive, feasible, scalable, and impactful social venture of the ten teams that presented on Saturday, November 12th, 2016.