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GWSB Students Compete in Hult Competition Regionals

Members of GW's Hult Prize competition team include Alissa Medley of Louisville, Ky., Mary Cox of Seattle, Wash., LauraSchonfeld of Potomac, Md., Nicole Lynn of Chicago, Ill., and Amanda Cassiday of Fairfax, Va.

Members of GW’s Hult Prize competition team include Alissa Medley of Louisville, Ky., Mary Cox of Seattle, Wash., Laura Schonfeld of Potomac, Md., Nicole Lynn of Chicago, Ill., and Amanda Cassiday of Fairfax, Va.

How to feed millions of slum dwellers worldwide? That’s the question GWSB students will try to solve when they compete in the regional finals of the 4th annual Hult Prize competition in Boston on March 1-3.

Funded by Bertil Hult, the Swedish entrepreneur who founded the educational and language school company EF Education First, the competition is the world’s largest student competition aimed at finding solutions to global social challenges.

The competition is run in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative – established in 2005 by former President Bill Clinton to bring world leaders together to create and implement solutions to the world’s pressing challenges – and sponsored by the Hult International Business School based in Cambridge, Mass.

“The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility and shared prosperity,” said Clinton.

The theme of the 2013 competition is global food security – or how to get safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in urban slums.

Student teams will compete in five regional rounds of competition around the world:  in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. GWSB students are among those who have advanced to the regional finals in Boston. Ultimately, one global winner will be chosen to receive $1 million in start-up capital to launch his or her new social enterprise.

“We look forward to bringing the strength of GW’s focus on socially responsible business to the Hult Prize competition,” said Mary Cox, a member of the GW team.

To follow the Hult Prize on Twitter, go here.

 

Posted by gwsb on February 26, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.


1 Comment »

  1. All these students are examples of why the United States is the leader of the free world. Our country is well represented by them and we should all applaud their efforts.

    Comment by Frederick C. Cassiday — February 27, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

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