Three Teams to Represent Covenant University at Hult Prize Regional Competition
Three of the four Hult Teams representing Covenant University at the 8th Annual Hult Prize have qualified for the Regional Finals of the game-changing initiative, taking place simultaneously in five major cities of the world on March 3, 2017.
The cheering news was contained in a mail to the University’s management, dated Tuesday, January 10, 2017 and signed by Hult representative, Ahmad. The mail read in part, “Congratulations! Your team has been selected to participate in the 8th Annual Hult Prize Regional Final. Your team was selected from a record breaking pool of over 50, 000 applications received from over 1,000 countries to participate in this game changing initiative.”
The Covenant University’s teams that qualified for the regional finals include Project Team RMS (Refugee Management Systems), led by Olalekan Olowo, which is an online management system for proper identification, registration, management and classification of refugees. The essence is to gather data of refugees with respect to their skills and capacities in order to create employment opportunities for them. The team will be competing with others in London, UK for the regional finals.
The other teams are Project Team Feed-Well, led by Deborah Elabor, which focus on eliminating malnutrition among the children of refugees by producing affordable cereal from wheat. It will be competing with other teams at the Shanghai, China centre while Project Beauty Cycle, led by Timothy Mutfwang, which aims at empowering refugee women in the area of fashion and lifestyle and creating market opportunities for them, is deployed to Dubai, UAE, where it will compete with other regional finalists.
Organisers say there would be one winning team from each region that would qualify for the Global Finals where each team would pitch for 1million US Dollars on a date to be announced. At the event, each team would present their new social enterprise to luminaries, start-up pioneers and global leaders including former American President Bill Clinton.