(BOSTON – January 19, 2012) – The Hult Global Case Challenge (Hult GCC) recently announced the regional finalists of its annual 1 million USD student competition. Worldwide, over 3,500 students applied to compete this year, almost three times as many as last year. Selected participants hail from over 130 different countries and represent 300 different higher education institutions, including the best global business schools. Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, MIT, London Business School, INSEAD, Hong Kong UST, CEIBS and the Indian School of Business are all represented.

In its third year, the Hult GCC has become one of the world’s top platforms for social change. College and university students globally recognize it as the largest case competition and non-profit organizations consider it to be a major crowdsourcing platform for social good.

The 2012 Hult GCC challenges student teams to come up with new, sustainable business models that aim to tackle poverty. In particular, students will focus on devising solutions for the education, energy and housing sectors.

The Hult GCC counts on its partner, the Clinton Global Initiative and its non-profits – One Laptop per Child, SolarAid and Habitat for Humanity to provide the subject matter expertise in framing the challenge.

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo; Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever; and Mohammad Yunus, Nobel Prize Winner and founder of Grameen Bank will participate in the selection of the winning teams. President Bill Clinton will serve as this year’s keynote speaker and personally present the awards to the winning teams.

The Hult GCC founder said, “We must combat poverty and all other social issues through new and innovative approaches. The Hult GCC gives attendees the opportunity to come up with an idea and then actually put a framework around the concepts so that they can materialize into market pilots.”

For more information visit the Hult GCC website: HultGlobalCaseChallenge.com.

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