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13
Mar

The students, from five different countries, are competing for the prestigious Hult Prize, based this year on a challenge set by Bill Clinton. The winning team will receive a million dollars with which to fund a sustainable startup.

hultwebIE University students will be taking part for the second year running in the prestigious Hult Prize, the world’s biggest competition in which students with social entrepreneurial projects compete for a prize of a million dollars.   

In last year’s edition of the competition, the IE University team, comprised of business administration students Stefan Wolf Staertzel (Germany), Victor Berthon (France), Pablo Otero (Spain) and Carlos Beltrán (Venezuela/Spain), was among the top 4 teams in the regional final held in Dubai. This year, the IE team has gained two more students,  Mauri Lahti from Finland and Elvira Luna from Spain, and are confident they will also classify in Shanghai, having successfully competed against experts with doctorates, MBAs and Masters to get this far.

The Hult Prize, which has received entries from over 20,000 students from 500 universities around the world, was launched by Hult and the Clinton Global Initiative to foster the development of social entrepreneurship projects in the field of healthcare. The prize affords young entrepreneurs worldwide the opportunity to innovate and change the way society views social initiatives. The teams of students will compete in five cities, working towards the same objective, that of winning a million dollars with which to fund a sustainable startup. The regional finals will take place on March 13 and 14 in the cities of Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai, the latter being the venue for the IE University team.

The 2015 Hult Prize will be focused on creating startups based on sustainability and finding ways to enable access to child education for ten million children under six years of age who live in the suburbs. In the words of the author of the challenge, former US President Bill Clinton: “The Hult Prize is about more than the solution to the problem, it’s about how the world has to work in the 21st century.”

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Alumnos de IE University participan en Shanghái en la mayor competición de jóvenes emprendedores con proyectos sociales

Los alumnos, de cinco nacionalidades diferentes, optan al prestigioso Premio Hult, impulsado por el presidente Clinton y dotado con un millón de dólares para la financiación de una start up de carácter sostenible

Alumnos de IE University participan por segundo año consecutivo en el prestigioso Premio Hult, la mayor competición para estudiantes con proyectos emprendedores con un fin benéfico, y dotado con un premio de un millón de dólares.

El equipo formado por los alumnos de Administración de Empresas de IE University Stefan Wolf Staertzel (Alemania), Victor Berthon (Francia), Pablo Otero (España) y Carlos Beltrán (Venezuela/España) se clasificó el año pasado dentro del TOP 4 de la final regional de Dubai. Este año, el equipo de estudiantes de IE – al que se han sumado dos alumnos más, Mauri Lahti, de Finlandia y Elvira Luna, de España-  confían en superar en Shanghái esta clasificación que fue todo un éxito dado que competían con expertos con doctorados, MBAs o Másters. Read more…

10
Mar

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Undergraduate students from IE University among the top 4 of the Hult Prize, Dubai

  • Four bachelor students of IE University were the only undergraduate students competing against experts with MBAs, Phds and Master’s degrees.

An IE University Team comprising students Stefan Wolf Staertzel, Victor Berthon, Pablo Otero and Carlos Beltrán, won a spot among the top 4 in the regional finals of the prestigious Hult Prize, the planet’s largest student competition in the field of social entrepreneurship, with a million dollar prize. IE students were the only graduates competing against more experienced candidates with PhDs, MBAs and a range of master’s degrees. They were also the only students under 22 in a final round in which the average age was 30 years old.

The Hult Prize, which received a record number of more than 10,000 first-round applicants, was created by Hult and Clinton Global Initiative to boost the development of social start-ups in the healthcare industry. This year entrants were required to focus on “Non-communicable Disease in the Urban Slum”, and more than 250 teams competed against each other in six regional finals in the cities of Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo.

The members of the IE University Team were from France, Germany, Venezuela and Spain, and aged 20 and under. They were also the only team in which all the members were from a business course. The four students met in the Bachelor in Business Administration program at the Spanish university and presented their project for the Dubai Final.

They won the first two rounds with “Cuidado Verde”, a project aimed at helping the 92% of slum-dwellers in Peru who do not receive a timely diagnosis for chronic diseases. In order to do this the team came up with a simple but innovative idea: a business that recycles the uncollected trash generated by the area to fund a free full annual check-up for its inhabitants.

“I think the Hult Prize was one of my greatest achievements so far in my life!” says Victor Berthon, team captain. “Being the youngest and the only team comprised of undergraduate students it was already a huge achievement to get to the finals, but ending up in the top 4 exceeded our expectations and showed that no matter how small we are, we can create an impact.”

Photography Credit: Marko Zirdum / Hult Prize

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Alumnos de grado de IE University, en el Top 4 del Hult Prize en Dubai

Los cuatro alumnos de Grado de IE University fueron los únicos participantes universitarios que compitieron junto a expertos con doctorados, MBAs o Másters

IEUniversityTeam_HultPrizeEl equipo formado por los alumnos de IE University Stefan Wolf Staertzel, Victor Berthon, Pablo Otero y Carlos Beltrán se clasificó dentro del TOP 4 de la final regional de Dubai del prestigioso Premio Hult, la mayor competición para estudiantes con proyectos emprendedores con un fin benéfico, y dotado con un premio de un millón de dólares. Los alumnos de IE fueron los únicos universitarios en esta competición en la que participaron junto a expertos con doctorados, MBAs o Másters. De esta manera, los estudiantes de IE University fueron los únicos menores de 22 años en una final cuya edad media se acercaba a los 30 años.

El Premio Hult, al que se presentan más de diez mil alumnos de todo el mundo, es una iniciativa de Hult y Clinton Global Initiative para fomentar el desarrollo de proyectos emprendedores sociales en el ámbito de la salud. Este año, bajo el tema “Prevención de enfermedades no transmisibles en suburbios urbanos”, más de doscientos cincuenta equipos se enfrentaron en seis finales que se desarrollaron en Boston, San Francisco, Londres, Dubai, Shanghai y Sao Paulo.

El grupo de IE University, compuesto por un francés, un alemán, un venezolano y un español, con apenas 19 y 20 años de edad, era el único además en el que todos los integrantes eran de económicas. Estos cuatro jóvenes se conocieron estudiando el grado de Administración de Empresas en la universidad española, y postularon su candidatura para la final de Dubai.

El equipo de IE University ganó las dos rondas previas con su proyecto “Cuidado Verde”, con el que se pretende buscar una solución a la falta de diagnóstico de enfermedades crónicas en Perú, país donde un 92% de su población padece enfermedades sin diagnosticar, un problema que se intensifica en los barrios más pobres.

Se trata de una idea sencilla pero ingeniosa: a través del dinero recaudado con la recogida y reciclaje de desperdicios se ofrece un chequeo completo anual gratuito a los habitantes del suburbio.

“Creo que haber sido finalistas en el Premio Hult ha sido uno de los mayores logros de mi vida”, asegura Victor Berthon, el capitán del equipo. “Llegar a la final con el equipo más joven, y el único en el que no hay nadie graduado todavía ya es todo un éxito; quedar entre los cuatro mejores superó todas nuestras expectativas. Demostró que puedes cambiar las cosas y que para ello no importa lo joven que seas”, añade.

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