Team of Vlerick students one step closer to winning $ 1 million to solve development challenge

Top-tier schools compete for $1 million in start-up funding to solve President Clinton’s Early Childhood Challenge

Vlerick Business School has advanced to the regional finals of the sixth Hult Prize Challenge. The annual HP Challenge is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. The 2015 HP Challenge will focus on building start-ups that provide sustainable, high quality early education solutions to ten million children under the age of six in urban slums and beyond by the year 2020.

The Vlerick team consists of Akinbiyi Omole (Nigeria), Manu Minne (Belgium), Erick Escorcia (Colombia), Montse Lopez (Mexico), and Hope Flaviano (Philippines). They are currently pursuing a full-time MBA. "We are a very culturally and academically diverse team with utmost passion for this year's cause. Hence, we can effectively take on this challenge and deliver an innovative idea."

Each team selected was chosen from more than 20,000 applications received from over 500 colleges and universities in over 150 countries. The regional final competitions will take place on March 13 and 14, 2015 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. The Vlerick Team will compete in London.

Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business incubator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch and scale their new ventures. A final round of competition will be hosted by President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team, which will be awarded the USD1 million Prize by President Bill Clinton himself.

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