Hult Impact Challenge

Practical Education

Our LEAP method is based on three components, “Learn, Experience, Action Project”.
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Hands-on Experience: How the LEAP Method works

Employers want graduates who are job-ready. We’ve designed our curriculum so that you don’t just study abstract theory, you also get hands-on experience. Our innovative curriculum is based on three components, “Learn, Experience, Action Project”: LEAP. As part of your curriculum during the Master of Finance, you will learn how to crunch numbers, explain them, and persuade partners and managers to make the right decisions. During the Action Project, you will put your skills to the test as you propose strategies to optimize the value of a given firm, through a pitch book, before presenting with your team to senior executives. This reinforces our mission to prepare job-ready graduates who can deliver results from day one.

Learn

Hult’s LEAP method is an integrated approach to learning that enables you to put classroom theory into practice. Hult faculty employ the case study method to illustrate how business principles are applied in practice but enriches the method by fostering interactive learning through thought-provoking discussions with students from around the world and iPad instant polling to facilitate timely and data-driven exchanges of ideas. Hult provides you with the theory, tools, terminology, and trends to give you a broad perspective on business.

Experience

Experience is a crucial component of our LEAP method. Translate theory into practice with insights from faculty with real-world experience, panel discussions with industry experts, exclusive networking opportunities, and company visits. Hear firsthand advice from executive speakers like Steve Forbes on the choices they’ve made, the mistakes they’ve made, and tips on securing your dream job. Hult’s global campus rotation gives you the opportunity to experience the international value chain and examine international business practices close-up.

Action Projects

At Hult you learn by doing. Every student participates in Action Projects and compete with one another to solve an innovation or growth issue for a range of leading global companies, non-profits, or start-up enterprises. Over a period of six weeks, in small teams, you put these skills to the test as you propose strategies to optimize the value of a given firm, through a pitch book, before presenting with your team to senior executives. Hult is the only school that offers you the opportunity to work on real client problems in a low-risk setting, equipping you with practical, employment-enhancing skills.

Hult Action Project

Action Projects are a cornerstone of our innovative curriculum which help you get job-ready from day one. Every year, each Hult campus offers distinct projects for a range of leading global companies, non-profits, and fast growth enterprises.

Teams

We place you in small teams and assign each team to a leading business or company to help solve a real business problem.


Challenge

Each team is presented with a challenge and works intimately with a senior executive, in charge of the company's growth and development.


Action Project Mentors

Mentor

Over six weeks, teams work with an executive mentor and Hult's world-class consultants to devise a comprehensive pitch book.


Recommend

At the end, the teams present their findings to an executive group within the company who then chose the winning team offering the best solution.


Action Project Examples

  • Strengthening the online route to market

    The online retail spend worldwide is growing rapidly. A major consumer goods company asked Hult students to develop business models to drive their customers to buy more products more frequently from their website or through web-based markets such as eBay or Amazon. Selling directly to customers will allow the company to gain better insights about end-users of their products and better understand their buying behavior. The business models will need to achieve these goals without alienating the client’s core route to market, which relies heavily on channel partners who sell through both retail outlets and their own online stores. Hult students reported their findings to the senior executive team.

  • A big opportunity in big data

    Each new generation of intelligent and connected consumer electronics devices—from toasters to toothbrushes—promises more convenient, more interesting, and more effective experiences. Hult students were asked for insights on how a global electronics company could go beyond these new experiences to completely new business models. Examining trends in cloud computing, “big data” analytics, and mobile payments produced new concepts for partnering with insurance companies, entertainment brands, and auto manufacturers to create and capture new value. The teams presented to the company’s R&D Director.

  • Future of food and fuel production

    Food and fuel are necessities. So when a client wants to find new ways to grow their business by USD150 million in three to five years, Hult students were challenged to find new areas for growth. Teams toured the company’s food production plants and spoke with staff for key insights into the organization and its assets in order to bring their innovative business concepts into an implementable business plan. Teams presented 25 new and exciting growth opportunities that combine the basic human needs and multiple trends in technology and food markets to the Head of Strategic Planning.

  • Product bundling and customer acquisition

    A leading insurance company in China was looking to develop and adopt a new strategy to accelerate growth. The key growth drivers include broader consumer penetration, expansion into new segments, and improved share of wallet through cross-selling and bundling. Hult student teams generated business concepts by integrating ideas around new business models, new value propositions, new capability development, new distribution channels, and new customer experiences. Their findings were presented to the senior executive team of the company.

  • Testing the limits of the cloud

    Over the past five years, global organizations have realized that executing on opportunities in the cloud is no longer a choice. The General Manager of Global Strategy of a major technology company came to Hult for help in identifying and developing new innovative business concepts with an annual revenue potential greater than USD1 billion by year three. The aim of any new concepts or platforms would have to leverage mobile and multiple application layers and have a clear road map for global expansion. The ideas generated were presented to the company’s leadership team.