Three teams at Tel Aviv University International Graduate School Advance to Regional Finals of 4th Annual Hult Prize in response to President Clinton’s Food Poverty Challenge
Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, February 17, 2013 — The Hult Prize recently announced that three teams of five students from Tel Aviv University International Graduate Programs have advanced to the regional finals of the 4th Annual Hult Prize. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good, recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, student teams compete in five cities around the world for a chance to secure USD 1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture. This year, the competition is themed around global food security and will focus on how to get safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in urban slums.
“Tel Aviv University is proud to have 15 of its international graduate students participating in this important competition”, said Prof. Raanan Rein, Vice President of Tel Aviv University. “We believe that these diverse groups will combine TAU’s strong academics and Israel’s entrepreneurial spirit to find creative solutions to the issue of food security.”
“The Hult Prize is thrilled that Tel Aviv University has joined the initiative with three teams selected for the finals,” said Dr. Stephen Hodges, President of the Hult International Business School. “This year’s competition has received a record number of entries, bringing together some of the most talented students to help solve global food security which can benefit nearly a billion people.” Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize thanks Tel Aviv University for supporting this initiative.
Each team selected was chosen from more than 10,000 applications received, totaling over 350 colleges and universities, representing over 150 countries. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 1 and 2, 2013 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. 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, where delegates will select a winning team, who will be awarded the USD 1,000,000 Prize by President Bill Clinton. “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces.” –President Bill Clinton.
Meet the teams:
The Sofaer International MBA will compete in Boston. Its team members include from left to right Benjamin Ratz (Sweden), Ariel Jassan (Argentina), Lauren Joseph (USA), [Rashmi Bansal], Boaz Gavish (Israel), and Kyle Giddens (Canada)
“We know how important it is to come up with a solution that is not only relevant, but also feasible. My team therefore plans to research urban hunger first hand during our MBA program visit to India”, team member Boaz Gavish.
The Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program will compete in London. The team includes from left to right Hun Jang Cho (South Korea), Alexis Karlin (USA), Ella Fuksbrauner (Colombia), Caroline Culliere (France), and Alexandra Stein (USA, not pictured).
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to create a social enterprise that will have a significant and lasting impact in urban slums,” said team leader Ella Fuksbrauner. “We are confident that our idea will be effective and highly implementable anywhere in the world and we are excited to present it at the regional finals.”
The Porter School Environmental Studies Program will compete in San Francisco. The team members include from left to right Ori Mayer, (USA), Alejandro Pomerantz, (Argentina), Sabrina Souss, (Argentina, Sofaer IMBA), Scalet Pesch, (Germany) and Joshua Victor, (India).
“The subject of the competition is highly challenging, but surely encouraging; we feel honored and excited about being able to work against poverty and hunger in urban slums across the world”, said team member Joshua Victor.
International Programs at Tel Aviv University
About Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv University is one of Israel’s foremost higher education institutions, attracting talented students and renowned faculty from around the globe to our campus in central Tel Aviv. More than 1,200 students take part in our international academic programs, from the bachelor’s level to doctoral and beyond. Tel Aviv University International offers 14 one-year Masters Programs taught entirely in English.
To learn more about the Hult prize visit www.hultprize.org