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Emory Team in Regional Finals for $1M Hult Prize

March 2015
Emory Team in Regional Finals for $1M Hult Prize

Team: Mehul Bhagat (Team Leader, Atlanta), Michelle Skelton (Tampa), Nick Parker (Washington D.C.), and Rostam Zafari (Atlanta). Raj Ramakrishnan (New Delhi, not pictured).

A team of Emory University first-year students from the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Goizueta Business School has advanced to the regional finals of the sixth annual Hult Prize Challenge, the world’s largest student competition and start-up crowdsourcing platform for social good. They are one of 253 teams that advanced from over 20,000 applications from over 500 colleges and universities in over 150 countries. They will compete on March 13-14 in San Francisco for a place among the top 6 teams in the world and for a chance to win 1 million USD in seed money to launch their enterprise. They were honored for their dynamic composition, its potential to disrupt industry, and its ability to solve President Clinton’s challenge: providing early childhood education in urban slums to 10 million people in 5 years.

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Teamwork: Rostam Zafari, Michelle Skelton, Nick Parker, and Mehul Bhagat. Raj Ramakrishnan (not pictured)




1. Remember that awesome time Sweet Bites Gum, a finalist of the 2014 Hult Prize, was featured in the The New York Times Nicholas Kristof's blog!? ‪#‎tbt‬‬‬ ‪#‎socent‬‬‬ ‪#‎hultprize‬‬‬
Tackling Cavities in India's Slums with Xylitol Gum
Can a gum reduce tooth decay in urban slums? Sweet Bites, formed by five friends from the University of Pennsylvania, is trying to do just that.

2. From the clean water crisis to the global food crisis, here are the awesome challenges past ‪#‎HultPrize‬‬‬ winners are tackling. Previous Hult Prize winners have gone on to create the largest alternative protein industry in micro-livestock, the world's largest distributor of solar lights and India's fastest growing loyalty and rewards program target at the world's poorest. ‪#‎HP15‬‬‬

3. BITS Goa Advances to Regional Finals of 6th Annual Hult Prize in response to President Bill...http://ow.ly/EukW3 ‪#‎innovate2educate‬ ‪#‎hp15‬‬‬‬‬
The Hult Prize has recently announced the winning team from BITS Pilani, Goa Campus has advanced to the 6th annual regional finals of the competition.

4. Last year’s winners:
Pres. Clinton Presents ‪#‎HultPrize‬ To Indian Social Entrepreneurs ‪#‎flashbackfriday‬ to ‪#‎HP14‬ winner ‪#‎NanoHealth‬ @Forbes http://ow.ly/EiyW4‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
The Hult Prize, arguably the most prestigious student business competition of any sort, awards student social entrepreneurs with a $1 million prize from the Hult Family presented by President Bill Clinton at the the Clinton Global Initiative. The 2014 winner is Manish Ranjan of NanoHealth, a low cost health care provider for slum dwellers.
NanoHealth from the Indian School of Business is the first team from India to reach the finals so one can imagine how exciting it must have been for the team to win, beating teams from some of the world’s finest universities.


This year:
20k entries in this year’s competition:

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