Hult San Francisco Campus To Host Regional Hult Prize Competition On March 14, 2015


SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  The San Francisco Campus of the Hult International Business School is pleased to host the Hult Prize Regional Finals on behalf of the Hult Prize Foundation and its partnership with President Bill Clinton and the  Clinton Global Initiative. On March 14th, 50 schools will compete in San Francisco in the world's largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. The competition will be held on the Hult campus at 1355 Sansome Street, and is by invitation only.  Media is invited to attend by RSVP.

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Two hundred fifty students from the world's top universities will travel to San Francisco to present their business solutions to the unmet need of the century: early childhood education in urban slums. Their social enterprises will be judged on their potential to provide access to quality early childhood education to 10 million children under the age of 6 living in urban slums worldwide by the year 2020.

The top team selected from San Francisco will join the other regional finalists from the Hult campuses in Shanghai, Dubai, London, and Boston, as well as a wildcard entry from an online round. The six teams will then participate in an intensive six-week Hult Prize Accelerator in Cambridge, MA, where they will receive mentorship from the international business community and guidance on strategic planning as they prepare to launch and scale their new ventures. The final round of the competition will be held in New York in September at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, where President Bill Clinton will present the winning team with $1 million in startup capital.

The San Francisco panel is composed of Bay Area business and educational experts.  The judges include:

  • Kim Belshe, Executive Director, First 5 LA
  • Naomi Baer, COO, Net Impact
  • Sheryle Bolton, Former CEO, Sally Ride Foundation
  • Sheryl Chamberlain, Vice President Global Partner Executive, Capgemini
  • Carole Chase, Former Head, Primary School, San Domenico School
  • Lynn Foden, Chief International Operations Officer, Room to Read
  • Mary Huss, President and Publisher, San Francisco Business Times
  • Rob Lake, Director/Head of School, Head Royce School
  • Bill O'Connor, Innovation Strategist, Autodesk
  • Kelly McGinnis, Senior VP and Chief Communications Officer, Levi Strauss
  • Dev Patnaik, CEO, Jump Associates
  • Dr. Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Economic Forum
  • Glenn Snyder, Principal, Life Sciences, Deloitte

"The Hult Prize connects young entrepreneurs to real opportunities to have impact and create sustainable and systematic change. The seed capital we provide to up-and-coming impact-based startups is the differentiator. While we invest millions of dollars in seed capital in our winners, the journey of competing for the Hult Prize catalyzes an entire generation to do good through the creation of income-producing companies that service the world's poorest," said Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize and a Hult alumni. "The San Francisco regional final will be very competitive and one to watch closely."

Marty Manley, Executive Director of the San Francisco campus said, "We are proud to host the Hult Prize on our campus.  It is a prestigious competition and our ability to attract teams from around the world who excel in social entrepreneurship greatly benefits our student body.  We have developed a reputation for becoming a hub for social entrepreneurship and the Hult Prize competition is a highlight for us."

Hashtags for the event include:  #hultprize  #hp15  #innovate2educate  #socent  Twitter @hultSF @hultprize  For more information please call 415-869-2900 or email Email Contact   

A leader in global business education, Hult is the world's most international business school. The U.S. accredited MBA, Master, and Bachelor programs offer innovative, business-focused programs with an experience-led curriculum and unmatched international opportunities. Hult's global campus network includes locations in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, and New York.

The San Francisco Campus of Hult International Business School attracts students from over 100 countries in five unique graduate programs and a rapidly growing undergraduate program. Companies from startups to corporations recruit Hult students to help their startups, social enterprises, or large businesses grow in new markets. For more information please see our website at ­

The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world's universities. Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive  $1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community. For more information, please see our website at:

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