The campus round of Hult Prize 2018 competition was held for the first time at Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) on 7 December 2018.
Hult is the world’s largest student movement for the creation of new social enterprises. In partnership with the United Nations, the Hult Prize hosts college and university events around the world in search of the next game-changing start-up and awards one million dollars in start-up funding to the winner.
Around 1,00,000 students from 40 countries will get the opportunity to attend the final round to be organized by United Nation Global Clinton Initiative and Hult International Business School with the vision of ‘youth employment: create 10,000 meaningful jobs for young people within 2028.’
Total 123 teams of BUTEX submitted their projects, of them only 21 teams were selected based on the ingenuity of their idea and their ability to put it in words. After an intense presentation round to showcase their innovative initiatives, only the best 6 teams were given access to advance in the grand finale to achieve the honorable title of ‘Campus Champion’.
After an even more intense round of presentation in the finals, the team that made its name in the history as the first ever Campus Champion in BUTEX is ‘Team De Jokers’ with their brilliant project ‘Aborton’ on tourism. Team De Jokers would directly go on to represent BUTEX in the regionals where La Gasolina and Team Debtpayers are remaining in the waiting list for achieving the grand prize of US$1M and turning their project into a reality and establish themselves as entrepreneurs.
The finalist teams were all awarded with a very prestigious certificate with the top 3 teams receiving special crests for their unparalleled presentations. The organizers were also awarded special certificates in honor of their dutiful works.
Shaikh Saif Al Rashid, Managing Director of Apon; Saiful Islam Khan, MD of Essential Clothing Ltd; Abdul Matin Emon, Founder & CEO of Doctorolla and Dr. Abbas Uddin Shiyak, Assistant Professor of BUTEX attended as judges.
The curtain closed on the first ever HULT prize on BUTEX that was sponsored by JOOMSHAPER, NESCAFE and the electronic and print media partners of the event were Textile Today, Samakal, Somoy TV, The Daily Star, FM 98.4 and Radio71.