Students from Aston Business School have been busy preparing their pitch to change the world with US $1,000,000 as part of the Hult Prize 2017. A start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship amongst university students, the annual initiative aims to help solve the most pressing issues in the world. The 2017 President’s Challenge (as set by President Bill Clinton) is “Refugees – Reawakening Human Potential”, with a focus on restoring the rights and dignity of the world’s refugees.
Aston’s team has been shortlisted to compete in the 8th Regional Final in London after being selected from 50,000 team applications from over 100 countries to take part in the world’s largest student competition for social good. The team, through to the final 150, have developed an idea to connect skilled refugees to the UK with employment opportunities to help their integration into their new society.
The team made up of Executive MBA students Onaseye Onabolu, Michael McKay, Tamara Waltho and Dr Raja P Pappu will represent Aston University challenging candidates from some of the world’s top institutions. The entrepreneurs were recently selected as the winners of a 48 hour Hackathon on campus. The challenge, set over a weekend, was to look for new ways to use the Internet of Things (IOT), both in its application and in using the data it collects. The team developed an app based on their Hult Prize idea which will form part of their pitch to change the world.
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