Hult Prize 2019 Challenge

10th Anniversary Challenge:
For Us, By Us
Youth Unemployment

How will you change the world with US $1 Million


Hult Prize Regionals are hosted in +25 different cities, representing all the geographic regions of the world. More than 100,000 students from over compete to attend. They provide students from around the world an opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas, learn from their peers and be inspired by a generation of young people who are committed to changing the world through business. The very best startups represented at each program win a spot in the world’s largest accelerator for impact at the Hult Castle in the U.K. Your future starts, here.

World's Greatest Peer-to-Peer Network For Social Good

World-Renowned Accelerator at the Hult Castle

Network with World Leaders at the UN

Since 2009, the Hult Prize has been
a benchmark program for social entrepreneurs.


Slum-Dwellers Targeted

2019 Hult Prize stretch target for individuals impacted by winning idea.


Total Hours

Estimated for 2018. Total applications multiplied by average hours spent per team per challenge via poll of past participants.


Startup Ideas

Sum of all regional finalists teams through 2018 competition.


Annual Applications

Total number of applications in all rounds of 2018 Hult Prize.



Participating in the regional finals in 2018.


Schools Represented

In total since the inaugural year (2009).

“One of the top 5 ideas changing the world”

– President Bill Clinton for Time Magazine, October 2012

"If you believe that servicing the worlds poorest can be profitable then you can imagine a world with no poverty."

Ahmad Ashkar

Event Details

26th-27th, April, 2019.
Club el Nogal Cra. 7 No. 78-96
Bogotá D.C.

Meet the team

Jose is an Account Manager for AWS Financial Services in NYC, a team focused on market and product innovation serving financial services customers. He has 12+ years of experience working on the development of technologies for multiple industries including banking, telecommunications, healthcare IT, and video. Before joining Amazon, he worked in the development of new solutions, identifying new technology M&A and ventures at the Verizon innovation Labs. He is one of the co-founders of the Hult Prize and has been a strong supporter over the last 10 years. He donates his expertise and spare time to the Hult Prize and manages the Colombia Regional on its 4th consecutive year.

Jose F. Escobar

Manager, Global Financial Services, AWS

Laura Cohen Escobar works in Executive Education at Harvard Business School where she is Director of Latin America and Iberia. Laura has been involved with the Hult Prize since 2010, and is Co-Founder of Hult Prize Colombia. Laura received her BA in Spanish and Portuguese from Trinity College, her MA in Spanish from Middlebury College, and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. There, she is an editor of the 2018 Harvard Latin American Policy Journal and Co-Chair of the Harvard-MIT Colombian Conference. Laura was born and raised outside of Boston.

Laura C. Escobar

Director of LATAM and Iberia Executive Education, Harvard Business School

""The Hult Prize has brought together some of the brightest young innovators to address the obstacles that prevent prosperity and opportunity from thriving worldwide."

Bill Clinton

Timeline & Key Events

Sep 15

Challenge Announced

2019 Hult Prize Challenge on youth unemployment is announced

Oct 4

Applications Open

Applications open and 2019 President’s Challenge on youth unemployment is released

Dec 17

Application Deadline

Final application deadline 11:59pm EST

Jan 19

Regional Teams Selected

25 Regional Finalist Announced

Mar 2

Regionals Begin

Regional semi-final rounds begin

Apr 1

Wildcard Round Opens

Wildcard round opens for chance to accepted in accelerator

May 7

Wildcard Finalist

Wild card winner accounced

Hult Prize Accelerator

Hult Castle – London


50 teams go through a rigorous curriculum that will transform their ideas into startups for a chance to win $1 million.


Hult Prize Final

United Nations – New York



Fundacion Science International
Thomas Greg & Sons de Colombia S.A.
Stockholm Environment Institute