23 Feb, 2017
Four University of Ghana undergraduate students has been selected from thousands of students from over 150 countries to participate in the 8th Annual Hult Prize Regional Final Competition in London. The team, mentored by Mr. Abdul Karim Hakib, a lecturer in the Theatre Arts Department, comprises Mr. Isaac Kwaku Essien, Mr. Okyere-Darko Sarpong, Ms. Ewura Adams Karim, and Nana Akua Afriyie Busia.
This year’s Hult Prize challenges participants to design innovative businesses as a way of awakening global awareness of the creative potential of refugees around the world. It is being held simultaneously in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai from 3rd to 4th March 2017.
The University of Ghana students, from the School of Performing Arts, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Philosophy and Classics, have a good chance to advance to move to the global finals and win USD1 million in funding.
In March 2016, four female students of the University of Ghana, Louisa Ofosuah Obimpeh (MPhil Food Science), Bernadine Holdbrook Ghanson (MA African Studies), Anna Agyirwa Aggrey (BSc Food Processing Engineering) and Paulina Nyamekye (MPhil Economics) won the Dubai regionals of the Hult Prize competition, built around the challenge by President Bill Clinton on “Crowded Urban Spaces”. They advanced to the finals of $1million Hult Prize competition hosted at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in September 2016.
The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship, which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The annual initiative is the world’s largest student competition and crowd-sourcing platform for social good and has been funded by the Hult family since its inception in 2009.
The University community wishes this team all the best. Go make us proud!