Hult Future Leaders Challenge

Welcome to the Hult Future Leaders Challenge—where teams of high school students from all corners of the globe will participate in 13 weeks of ideation, teamwork, and challenge-based learning with a live client brief from multinational consumer goods company Unilever.

2023 Challenge with Unilever

Multinational consumer goods company Unilever has partnered with Hult International Business School and the Hult Future Leaders Challenge to deliver a live client challenge for junior and senior high school students globally. This challenge will put your teamwork skills to the test as you ideate, innovate, and create a proposal to solve business-critical challenges facing Unilever today.

Registration for the 2023 challenge is now closed. The contest then will be held from September to December 2023.

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The Client

Multinational consumer goods company Unilever has partnered with Hult International Business School and the Hult Future Leaders Challenge to deliver a live client challenge for junior and senior high school students globally. This challenge will put your teamwork skills to the test as you ideate, innovate, and create a proposal to solve business-critical challenges facing Unilever today.

Established over 100 years ago, Unilever is one of the world's largest consumer goods companies, with over 400+ brands used by 3.4 billion people daily across 190+ countries.

Even if you’ve never heard of Unilever, you’ve likely used or eaten one of their products. Tucked into a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, added a dollop of Hellman’s mayonnaise to your meal, or maybe you’ve washed your hair with Dove shampoo—then you’ve used a Unilever product.

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What you'll learn

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Business Fundamentals

Broaden your business knowledge through a series of masterclasses and Virtual Skills Lab sessions. Connect with world-class Hult professors on the latest topics and trends through live interactive workshops.

Client Consulting

Gain industry insight and professional experience as you work in teams to solve some of the biggest challenges facing global companies today and pitch your ideas to industry experts.

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Presentation Skills

Learn how to tell compelling stories that communicate your ideas and inspire others. Whether it's sharing your thoughts with your team, connecting with the client, or doing a presentation.

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Teamwork & Collaboration

Build a better understanding of yourself and your ability to work as a team through Hult's mentorship and team coaching. Gain in-demand skills that leverage your team’s unique experiences to get results.

The Journey

Working in teams of four to six students, the Hult Future Leaders Challenge will take your team on a 13-week journey of challenge-based learning.

All teams participate in weeks 1-4. Proposals are then assessed in week 5 and teams that progress go through to weeks 6-7. After the live regional presentations, teams are assessed in week 8 and the top 10 teams are selected to progress to weeks 9-12 and the live global finals.

Weeks One to Four: Challenge Kickoff

Week 1

Challenge Launch & Client Brief

Join Hult professors and the client live from Hult’s London campus as we launch the Hult Future Leaders Challenge and client brief.

September 20, 2023
Boston: 7:00 pm EDT
London: 4:00 pm GMT+1
Week 2

Hult Masterclass

Gain critical knowledge to tackle the client brief with an interactive one-hour session led by a Hult professor.

September 27, 2023
Boston: 7:00 pm EDT
London: 1:00pm or 4:00 pm GMT+1
Week 3

Hult's Virtual Skills Lab

Skill up and get ahead as you hear from Hult professors on the latest topics and trends in a live interactive workshop.

October 4, 2023
Boston: 7:00 pm EDT
London: 1:00pm or 4:00 pm GMT+1
Week 4 - First Deadline

Proposal Submission

Teams submit their proposal as a 10-slide PowerPoint file. Your proposal will be assessed to determine which teams will progress to the regionals.

October 13, 2023

Weeks Five to Eight: Road to Regionals

Week 5

Assessment Week

Hult's professors and Unilever assess team submissions to decide which teams will progress. Teams will be notified by email.

October 16-20, 2023
Week 6

Hult Masterclass

Gain critical knowledge to tackle the client brief with an interactive one-hour session led by a Hult professor.

October 25, 2023
Boston: 7:00 pm EDT
London: 1:00pm or 4:00 pm GMT+1
Week 7

Client Info Session

Catch up with the client, gain industry knowledge, and ask any burning questions about the brief.

November 1, 2023
Boston: 7:00 pm EDT
London: 1:00pm or 4:00 pm GMT+1
Week 8

Hult's Virtual Skills Lab

Skill up and get ahead as you hear from Hult professors on the latest topics and trends in a live interactive workshop.

November 8, 2023
Boston: 7:00 pm EDT
London: 1:00pm or 4:00 pm GMT+1

Weeks Nine to Twelve: Heading to the Finals

Week 9

Hult Masterclass

Gain critical knowledge to tackle the client brief with an interactive one-hour session led by a Hult professor.

November 15 , 2023
Boston: 7:00 pm EDT
London: 1:00pm or 4:00 pm GMT+1
Week 9

Semi Finals Presentations

Lights, camera, action! Get ready to present your team’s proposal to the Hult professors.

November 18 , 2023
TBC
Week 10

Assessment Week

Hult professors and Unilever assess team submissions to determine which teams will progress.

Teams will be notified by email.

November 21, 2023
Week 11

Hult Masterclass

Gain critical knowledge to tackle the client brief with an interactive one-hour session led by a Hult professor.

November 29, 2023
TBC

Week Twelve: Heading to the Finals

Week 12

Presentation Prep

Get ready to present by practising your team’s proposal to the Hult professors before the big day.

December 6, 2023
TBC
Week 13 - Final

Live Global Finals

Join the client and Hult professors live from Hult’s London campus as you bring it all together one last time and present your proposal for the chance to win a 15,000 USD scholarship for every student on the winning team.¹

December 16, 2023
TBC
¹ The scholarship may not be redeemed for a cash value or applied to another school. The amount will be determined by the campus the student attends.

The Mentors

Throughout your journey, you will be mentored by world-class Hult professors on the latest topics and trends through a series of Masterclasses and Virtual Skills Lab sessions.

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College Counselor at Colegio Interamericano

Mona Dhillon

“At its core, the Hult Future Leaders Challenge reflects our educational philosophy as a business school—putting doing at the center of learning.”

Mona Dhillon
Executive Vice President and Provost
Hult International Business School

Still have questions?

Visit our FAQ page for more details on the challenge and who can enter.