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World’s largest student competition comes to Aston 

Hult Prize

5 November 2014

The world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good will take place at Aston University for the first time. 

The regional quarter finals of the Hult Prize, founded in partnership with former USA President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, will be held at Aston Business School on 28 November. 

The Prize, recognised by TIME Magazine as one of the top five ideas changing the world for the better, is designed to act as a catalyst for social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. University and college students from around the globe must present compelling social business enterprise ideas that tackle issues facing billions of people, such as poverty or malnutrition. The winners of the competition receive $1,000,000 as well as mentorship and advice. 

The 2015 Hult Prize will focus on early childhood education in urban slums – a challenge personally selected by President Bill Clinton. 

Aston students still have time to take part in this year’s competition, with the deadline for entry registration on 23 November. They will compete against other Aston student teams to present a viable solution to urban slum education. 

The winning student team will be fast tracked to take part at one of the six Hult Prize regional finals across the world in cities such as San Francisco, Dubai and London. 

Esmer Chifiero, an MBA student and Campus Director of the Hult Prize at Aston University, said: “As students and future leaders, we all dream of success. Success is not defined by how much we know but what we do with our acquired knowledge. The chance to take part in the Hult Prize and potentially help change the world could be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.” 

Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business incubator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.  

A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team, which will be awarded the prize by Bill Clinton himself.  

If you are a student at Aston University, you can register for entry in the Hult Prize here: http://www.hultprizeat.com/astonuniversity 

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk.