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Students to Compete for $1 Million in Hult Prize Competition

By: Brady W Moore   Published 2:57 pm / November 3, 2016

Organizers of the Hult Prize, an international start-up accelerator, recently announced that Boise State University will host a local edition of the world’s largest student competition aimed at creating new social businesses. The annual Hult Prize awards $1 million in start-up funding to a team of students that develops the most radical, breakthrough idea to solve one of our world’s toughest social challenges.

Partnering with former President Bill Clinton, the Hult Prize is hosting college and university events around the world in search of the next game-changing start-up.

Hult Prize at Boise State is supported by the Blue Sky Institute. Connor Sheldon, campus director, is leading Hult Prize at Boise State and is confident that her peers on campus have as good as chance as any to go all the way and win this year’s prize.

“The access to support and feedback from the Boise community is what makes me most excited to lead Hult Prize at Boise State. Students, faculty, staff and community members are leveraging the power of business to make change and produce profit. The lessons learned from a Hult Prize competition are applicable to students in any discipline advancing to any career,” she said.

The winner of the intra-campus event automatically will advance to compete in one of five regional finals in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai in March 2017. One winning team from each host city then will move onto a summer business incubator, where participants receive mentorship, advising and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set up to launch their new social business. A final round of competition in September 2017 will determine the winning team, which will be awarded the $1 million prize by former President Bill Clinton.

The Boise State campus and the Treasure Valley community are invited to attend the student pitch event at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Trailhead. For more information, please visit www.hultprizeat.com/boise or RSVP for the event at hultprizeatboisestate17.eventbrite.com.