Hult Prize winner announced

02, October, 2014

The 2014 Hult Prize and $US1 million of investment has been awarded to six students from the Indian School of Business for a revolutionary idea to improve health care in India’s slums.

The winners from Indian School of Business received the Hult Prize from former US President Bill Clinton

The winner beat over 11,000 entrants from over 300 universities worldwide with their proposal to address under-diagnoses, poor treatment and prescription compliance in India’s slums with a technology-driven start up called NanoHealth. The ‘Dox in a Box’ solution allows people to self-diagnose and self-monitor chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

The prize was awarded by former US President Bill Clinton in a special ceremony in New York, USA, last week, hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative, partners of the Hult Prize along with Hult International Business School.

The other finalists in the 2014 award, which had the theme of addressing issues of non-communicable disease in urban slums, were from: University of Pennsylvania, USA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; HEC Paris, France: Esade Business School, Spain; and York University, UK.

Now in its sixth year, the Hult Prize brings together university students from around the world to solve the world’s most pressing issues and is funded with a $US1 million donation from the Hult family. The 2014 prize was judged by a five-strong panel including Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Sanjay Gupta, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent and Neurosurgeon.

Germán Fernández-Rodríguez, Global Head of Business Development at Hult International Business School, explained, “Over the last five years, the Hult Prize has brought together 35,000 college and university students from 600 schools to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges. The annual initiative is the world's largest student competition for social good and was founded by Ahmad Ashkar, a Hult International Business School alumnus.

Fernández-Rodríguez praised the quality of the entrants. “I attended for the third time this year, and the level increases every year. The Hult Prize has reached such a global exposure that, as Muhammad Yunus claims, it has become the Nobel Prize of the university world.” 

Hult International Business School also invited seven of its top-performing agents to attend the awards ceremony and included a fam trip to Hult’s Boston campus.

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