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ISBAT University Students Compete For US$1M Hult Prize

Hult Prize at ISBAT University finals took place on 28th November 2018 at the Lugogo Bypass based campus.  Recognized by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine as one of the top five ideas changing the world for the better, ISBAT University hosted its first ever local Hult Prize event.

The 2018 Hult Prize challenge focused on Developing an idea that creates 10,000 meaningful jobs for youths by 2025 and saw 18 teams competing.  These teams are coming from ISBAT University’s MBA, PhD and undergraduate programs with ideas in IT support, farming, agriculture, waste management, HR placement and others to test their grit in building a viable solution to this global social issue.  Judges for the Hult Prize at ISBAT comprised of Collins Mugume (Kwese Inc), Karuhanga Justus (KTA Advocates), A Pass (GameOver Music), Elizabeth Mushabe (Sms One and MixaKids), Bjorn Macauter (Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs) and Dr. Henry Clarke Kisembo (DALI International).

In attendance was the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Col. K.M Matthew, Bonny Tamale, the Marketing Manager of Innovation Village and the entire student community. It was a very intense competition and out of all the competing teams, KLA Roots emerged 2nd Runner Up, Bridge emerged 1st Runner Up and with Community Uplifting Project, a waste management idea taking it all as the overall winner.

The Hult Prize at ISBAT Judge Panel

First Runners Up, Team Bridge pitching their idea.

The winner of the competition won a fully funded trip to the Hult Prize Regional Finals taking place in 25 cities across the world. They will represent the university as the torch bearers of exceptional innovation and social entrepreneurship while competing for the grand prize of US$ 1 Million seed funding for their project.

Mutabazi Geofrey the campus director of Hult Prize at ISBAT University closed the event with the statement; “By 2035, more than half of the world’s working population will be in Africa and based on what we do between now and then, this will either become and opportunity or a threat on the continent.

About the Hult Prize Foundation

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. To learn more, visit www.hultprizeat.com/isbtukampala.

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