Newcastle University ‘starts up’ new bootcamp project

The Hult Prize comes to Newcastle through START UP

Kadri Rebane
20th November 2017
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World’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good comes to Newcastle University! START UP have teamed up with the Hult Prize to organise a START UP Bootcamp: Hult Prize on 9th and 10th of December. Established in 2009 and backed by President Bill Clinton, the Hult Prize is an annual competition that challenges students around the world to develop innovative social enterprises that can transform lives.

Global winners receive 1 million USD in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from international business leaders to help launch their ideas.

“Solving the world’s most pressing challenges is not just the right thing to do, it is also good business” says Ahmad Ashkar, the CEO of Hult Prize. With that idea in mind Newcastle University organises its own university-wide challenge that serves as quarter-finals for this competition. During this START UP Bootcamp: Hult Prize students will work in teams to find ways of harnessing the power of energy to develop an innovative social enterprise to transform the lives of 10 million people.

"START UP Bootcamp brings together talented students and a panel of entrepreneurs, academics and those who work with social enterprises. As Muzammil Nahaboo Solim, the winner of last year on-campus event, said: “The Hult Prize is a great opportunity for students around the world to learn more about entrepreneurship.” The weekend includes workshops on idea development and design, pitching techniques and speeches from experts in the area of energy and sustainability. The Bootcamp allows students to enhance their team working-, public speaking- and idea generating skills. Moreover, to hear from experts in the area of energy and sustainability and most importantly - just have fun.

The on campus event takes place on 9th and 10th of December at King’s Gate level 1. The winning team will represent Newcastle University at the Hult Prize Regional Finals on March 12, 2018 in London.

Hult Prize students will work in teams to find ways of harnessing the power of energy to develop an innovative social enterprise to transform the lives of 10 million people

The winners of the grand final of the competition will receive 1 million USD in start-up capital to make their idea a reality. All current Newcastle University students can sign up to take part of the event. More information about the event and registration can be found through Careers Service website events or through START UP Facebook page events @NCLStartUp.

Before the START UP Bootcamp: Hult Prize students are encouraged to join an event START UP Presents #MakeAnImpact to learn more about social start-ups and how they function. Previous Newcastle University students who have started and scaled a social enterprise will be sharing their experiences and their top tips for social start-up success. It is a good opportunity to get the mind ready for the Hult Prize Competition.

The event takes place on Friday 1st December, more information about the event and registration can be found on the Careers Service webpage. START UP welcomes all the students to develop their opportunities, explore ideas, help them to start their own business and hopes to see many people taking part of START UP Bootcamp: Hult Prize to change the world for better.

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