The future is for the youth, as it has always being said, but for youth who aside their respective careers commit themselves to solving the problems the world face—some of which are captured in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
There are different platforms that have given students/youths the opportunity to present their world-changing ideas, but the Hult Prize challenge stands out among all others.
The Hult Prize is a partnership between Hult International Business School and United Nations Foundation aimed at actively solving a pressing social issue around water, food, food security, energy and education in relation to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It is an annual year-long competition that pools ideas from MBA and college students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around water, food, food security, energy and education to support them to create a world class start up that has capacity to make the world better.
The theme of Hult Prize UI 2021 is “Food For Good.”
The Hult Prize takes place in all campuses across the world, giving students the opportunity “to change the world in their own way by creating innovative solutions around the identified problems facing the society and the world at large” in respect to the prize’s theme.
The University of Ibadan students are not left out in this enterprising challenge as Hult Prize UI has kicked started.
According to the campus director, Miss Gbadamosi Faithwin, “we will be opening an avenue for University of Ibadan students to pitch ideas around the chosen theme “Food for Good” in a bid to tackle major issues facing the world as regards the basic necessity of life in question; “food.”
Expounding on the theme, Miss Faithwin said participants are required “to transform food from just a necessity into a vehicle for change and prosperity for humanity on a global scale with the scope being one that the idea should create jobs, stimulate the economy and improve outcomes for 10,000,000 people by 2030.”
“Teams are expected to build viable food enterprises that swill be able to I pact the loves of over 210 million people in the next decade while strengthening their communities, feeding the hungry, create jobs and be equally earn income.”
University of Ibadan students at all levels are eligible to participate in the competition, provided they are ready to be rigorous in their thinking to present feasible solutions to the identified problem, be a team of three or four (having registered on the website) and have access to internet—since this year’s event is a virtual one.
Asides from the cash prizes to the eventual winners, participants will also gain from networking and have the avenue to start an entrepreneurship journey after being mentored by top entrepreneurs in the country, the director further said.
After registration, participants (teams) are required to “attend the mandatory boot camp exercise that will be organized and duly communicated to all participating teams will have dire consequences which may include disqualification, she added.
More details as regards the competition can be accessed here.