about hult prize mexico

In 2015, Mexico was one of a handful of carefully-selected countries that in addition to having local events at universities, had the opportunity to host the first Hult Prize National Finals. This year, with ProTrash as the first Mexican finalist team in the Hult Prize 2016, the world believes that Mexico has the ability to produce some of the finest social entrepreneurs and global leaders who can change the world in the most radical way.

With the Hult Prize Mexico Initiative, we will see some of the best brains from the country emerging on the surface that will redefine the future for millions of unprivileged people across our country, and the world.

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President

The Hult Prize has brought together some of the brightest young innovators to address the obstacles that prevent prosperity and opportunity from thriving worldwide."

- President Bill Clinton

download the president's challenge

Message from the Hult Prize Mexico Director

Director

This year, teams coming from universities from all around Mexico have, once again, a chance to change the world. This is your opportunity to be part of the Mexican delegation representing all of us at the upcoming Hult Prize Regional Finals happening in 2018. Join us, and show the world that our region is dedicated to Impact!

Nelly P. Andrade

Hult Prize Mexico Director

How can I compete?

1Download the President's challenge.

2Form a team of 3-4 students.

3Register for Hult Prize Mexico through the above link

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

5Winners pitch their ideas for USD1 million at the 2018 Hult Prize Finals

Event Details 2018

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Our Judges

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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.

650

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

Organizing Committee

Team 1

Diego Casares

Director of Staff and Training
Team 2

Fer Cabrera

Director of Campus Ambassadors and Youth Engagement
Team 3

Luis Ángel Rojas

Director of Logistics
Team 4

Paola Aguilar

Director of Public Relations and Press
Team 1

Ruby Salazar

Director of Finance and Fundraising
Team 2

Michael Meneses

Director of Comunications and Design

National Event 2015

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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 as well as an online “wildcard round,” a summer accelerator program, and a final pitch-off at the 2018 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 Mexico event are now open, and teams will compete during the INCmty festival November 18, 2016. The top two teams will advance to 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 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.