At Hult, we believe that business has the power and the responsibility to change lives for the better. The Hult Prize is a worldwide student competition that challenges university teams to solve the most pressing global issues with viable business ideas.
Getting the world back to work
EcoBana, 2022 Hult Prize Winner from St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya, is a social enterprise that is getting people back to work, with an aim to stop plastic manufacturing in sanitary towels and to manufacture biodegradable sanitary pads to end period poverty.
Rethinking food systems
In 2021, the Hult Prize challenged students to rethink our broken food systems by transforming food into a vehicle for change. Seven teams below were selected as 2021 Hult Prize Winners.
The Hult Prize challenged students to build businesses that improve the environment with every sale completed, dollar earned, and decision made. Eleven teams were selected as 2020 Hult Prize Winners.
Global youth unemployment
Team Rutopia, from Tec de Monterrey, won the challenge with their plans to support youth in indigenous communities to become eco-tourism guides and connect tourists with local communities.
Harnessing the power of energy
SunRice from University College London won with their idea of a rice drying service that aims to reduce rice wastage and empower rice farmers in Southeast Asia.
Refugees: Reawakening human potential
Roshni Rides from Rutgers University won with their idea of a solar-powered rickshaw service for refugee camps and informal settlements.
Crowded urban spaces
BuuPass from Earlham College won with their company that aims to help people at least double their income through improved commuting.
Early childhood education
IMPCT from National Chengchi University won with a business idea to build children's education franchises in urban slums, run by local caregivers.
Healthcare: Non-communicable disease in the urban slum
NanoHealth from Indian School of Business won with their "Doc-in-a-Box" diagnostic tool that measures basic indicators including blood sugar and pressure levels.
Global food crisis
Aspire Food Group from McGill University won with their revolutionary model of producing, treating, and promoting the human consumption of insects.
Sunny Monkey from New York University Abu Dhabi won the competition by replacing kerosene and paraffin with affordable, portable solar lights.
Global water crisis
m.Paani from the University of Cambridge collaborated with water.org to devise a winning loyalty scheme that allowed users to pool points from telecom partners to fund clean water projects.
The Hult Prize partnered with One Laptop Per Child to connect 20 million children around the world and provide them with educational opportunities.