This year, CCA will be participating in the international competition, the Hult Prize. This competition at CCA will be headed by the DMBA’s own Patchanok (Pow) Koychusakun (C8). Pow has put her energy this semester into organizing and designing an experience that draws in students from multiple disciplines within CCA to form teams and design for change. The Hult Prize @ CCA is a program started by the Hult Prize Foundation and is a quarterfinal round of the annual Hult Prize challenge. Having Pow as a Hult campus director has brought Hult Prize to CCA. The on-campus round, which will be held in the first week of December, will give the CCA’s winning team the chance to bypass the general application round and fast-track into one of five regional finals around the world.
The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from universities around the world. The annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to build and launch the most compelling social business ideas, start-up enterprises that tackle social issues faced by millions of people every day.The winning team will receive USD1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community. The aim of the Hult Prize is to breed the next generation of social entrepreneurs, and ultimately launch a start-up social enterprise that can radically change the world.
The challenge this year focuses around one of the world’s largest–the refugee crisis. The Hult Prize believes that the refugee opportunity lies in reawakening human potential. They have asked participating students around the world, “How might we build sustainable, scalable social enterprises that restore the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022.”
Thus far, Pow has arranged a phenomenal group of students to participate in this round of pitches. This Friday, December 9th at 4:00PM, 10 teams of students with groups of 3-4 people will pitch their ideas to a stellar group of judges. These student teams range in both disciplines as well as student status. Alumni of the DMBA will participate on some teams, and the majors represented range from DMBA, to industrial design, to interior design.
The judging panel for this pitch night also represents a large variety of industries. Puneh Alai, Founder and Executive Director of ‘For The Unseen’, Perla Ni, Founder and CEO of ‘GreatNonprofits’, Erin Michelson, Founder and CEO of ‘Adventure Philanthropist’, Tim Wagner, Startup Ecosystem Engagement & Global Expansion, and Sharlyn Vareed, Associate Attorney at Rose Carson LLP, will all represent in the pitch night as judges. This pitch night will have one team as a winner, and that winning team will go straight to one of the five regional finals.
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