UR students are poised to compete for Hult Prize- A call for support

Students at the University of Rwanda are on the verge of participating in the largest global competition known as Hult Prize. The challenge brings together world varsity students to showcase their talent, and innovative ideas towards solving the most pressing global problems, together with their peers.  The winning team will receive USD 1 million.        

The students  was selected through a stiff competition at the University level which saw three (3) teams secured eligibility to participate in the competition.

The top team  dubbed “ African Young innovators” introduced electronic device that would help in the operation of public transportation to assist in queue management systems.

The second run up team “Fine Energy Group” is a leading objective to Sustainable Development Goals for Energy

A team member during the selection

The third run up team “ Caje Edu-Room” Educational room as a solution for the lack of electricity in sub-Saharan Schools and students in refugee camps and scam areas.

The top  team has secured a place in the Regional finals slated March 2018. The regional finals take place in 15 host cities (Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, Toronto, Mexico city, Quito, Bogota, Melbourne, Lagos, Nairobi, Cairo, Tunisia, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore next March). The remained two teams will be representing the University of Rwanda in Regional Semi-Final, one in Nigeria-Lagos and the other in Kenya-Nairobi

For them to represent the University of Rwanda and the Country at large, the students need to cater for their flight tickets and stay during the 3 days stay in regionals. This is the only way they will be able to have maximum chances at the 1 Million Dollar grand prize. The team therefore call on well-wishers and potential stakeholders to partner and support them for the worthy cause and help them raising the flag of Rwanda.

The Hult Prize, in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, is the world’s largest student competition for budding social entrepreneurs.   The winning team receives USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

Panel and the audience

From the tens of thousands of applications received every year, one winning team receives USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community and one team in each Country (which has National program) receives 30,000 US Dollars as start up seed and a chance to compete for the final competition at the United Nations Headquarter after the accelerator in the biggest United Kingdom (UK) business university.

One of the winning teams

Click here read preparatory report and selection stages

Published by UR Communication Department