As the world seems to get smaller, and resources both natural and man-made are continuously dwindling, new ideas and measures to try to improve our way of life are again called for, especially from the new breed of effective ‘thinkers’ and ‘doers.’
The Hult Prize Foundation is a global organization which empowers and equips youth in over 100 countries with the knowledge, skills and action-training they need to succeed and make a difference for their respective communities in the 21st century.
Through a series of programs, the Hult Prize sets a yearly challenge in partnership with the United Nations Office of Partnership and the support of former US (United States) President Bill Clinton that aligns with Sustainable Development Goals, where students from various universities actively participate and take on the challenge by presenting their own business ideas and concepts in an attempt to ultimately win the US $1 million in start-up funding to launch their life changing sustainable social venture.
Last April 6, students with some of the brightest and innovative business concepts presented their ideas and laid down their plans for the distinguished panel of judges to validate and choose from for the world finals that’s set to unfold in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
This year’s 2019 Hult Prize Challenge asks entrepreneurs to build the foundations of a venture that will provide meaningful work for 10,000 youth within the next decade.
‘We are happy to announce that of the 30 regional summits we are hosting globally, this year will be the inaugural regional summit in Manila.’ Hult Prize’s Vice President of Global Operations Mr. Charlemagne Quinitio earlier stated.
The final 6 for the Manila Regional Summit were the Ehwa Woman’s University, Team Re:Bridge, the Shanghai Jiaotong University, Team Jots, University of Putra Malaysia, Team Stitcheroo, the University of Putra Malaysia, team Makerhub, NYU – Abu Dhabi, Team Loveina, which eventually walked away with the title for the Philippine swing of the event and Ming Chuan University, Team Sociando.
Quinitio added that “As an American with Filipino heritage, I’m excited at the opportunity to have hosted a regional summit in the Philippines. With 40 million citizens under the age of 25. It’s my hope that this first regional summit will be the spark that shows we provide opportunities as well for the Filipino youth to actively participate in the reinvention of world problems into workable global solutions.”
Among the distinguished judges for the 2019 Hult Prize Manila Regional Summit were CEO & Co-founder of QFPay International Limited Patrick Wing-Ho Ngan, On-Off Group CEO Philip Smithson, Co-founder and CEO Aide Paolo Bugayong, Aisa Mijeno, the Co-founder & CEO of Sustainable Alternative Lightning Corporation, Shomy Hasan Chowdhury, the Founding Chair of Awareness 360, Merly Christina Barlaan, the President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace, Philippines, Clairma Mangarey, of the Climate Change & Sustainability Services Lead Partner SGV & Co., Lincoln Lee, the CEO of Sunrise and CEO & Founder of Edukasyon Henry Motte-Munoz.
The 2019 Hult Prize Regional Summit was held in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the Hult International Business School and Unikorn.Org. (prxdvo)