The Hult Prize, also known as the Nobel Prize for Students, is an annual international competition that encourages young people to develop creative and social enterprises that address some of the world's most pressing problems. Every year, the Hult Prize at IOE, Pulchowk Campus organizes high caliber activities and mentorship sessions for all its participants. Such programs offer guidance and mentoring in a variety of ways to help participants reach their goal of winning the Hult Prize.
Hult Prize at IOE organized orientations in almost all its constituent colleges. At each orientation, participants were given a short introduction to the Hult Prize and stories from previous participants and details of their journey. Queries from the audience were addressed, and interested candidates were called for team registration.After these orientation sessions were completed, the next step for the competitors was to attend workshops in the Hult Prize's Entrepreneurship Series.
The first mentorship session “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” took place on December 24. The guest speakers for the discussion session were Rajni Gurung, Co-Founder and Operations Manager of Deego Nepal and Sunny Rajopadhyay, Co-Founder and CEO of Ecorb Ventures, Co-Founder of Mushroom Biotechnology, Natasha Khemka, Founder and CEO of Wildwives.
The second mentorship session "Forming a Dream Team" was held on January 07. The guest speakers for the talk session were Ms. Shreya Giri, Founder and Managing Director of Mental Health and Wellness organization Happy Minds, CTO of Urban Girl. And the co-founder was Kiran Timsina.
The 3rd Mentorship Session “Business Ideas and Design Thinking” was held on January 14. The guests of the talk session were Veed App Founder Director Dwa, Mastakala Co-Founder Nikhil Aggarwal, Ved App Co-Founder and Managing Director Sujit Pathak, Mastakala Co-Founder Arun Aggarwal.
The 4th mentorship session “Subtle Art of Pitching” was held on January 21. The guest speakers for the discussion session were Mr. Abhivind Khania, Nepal representative for School of Young Politicians Asia (KASYP - Asia), Ms. Ichcha Malla, a trailblazer in the world of corporate training and education.
A total of 4 sessions, each of which was attended by professionals from different fields. Each helped make the contestants more polished and better candidates to win the Hult Prize.
These workshops were very beneficial as they provided advice and guidance to the participants in preparing for the Hult Award. These sessions were very engaging as participants could express their ideas, engage in discussions, and overall enjoy their way towards the Hult Prize.
They provided a huge advantage to those planning to come out on top this year. Although led by professionals, these seminars were not intimidating. Since they were free, there was no reason to pass up this opportunity.
After that, the next challenge for the participants was semi-finals. Semifinale was held at Himalaya College of Engineering on Jan-26. The esteemed panel of judges were Mr. Manish Jung Thapa, founder and CEO of Antidote, Ms. Prarthana Saakha Co-founder of both BIC Technology - Tigg App and HIVER Initiative,Ms. Kripa Paudel , Program and portfolio manager at Next Venture Corp Pvt Ltd,Ms. Swastika Khanal the Director at Ultra Group Nepal, Founder at the questionmark investment and Dolma Impact Fund,Mr.Santosh Pandey co-founder of Offering Happiness, Nepal's largest gifting platform that pioneered experiential gifting, surprise planning, and corporate gifting, Ms.Shreya Giri Co-founder at Marsyangde, Director at Marsyangde,Hulas Finserve and Prithvi Printing press and swad food.
The judges were awestruck by the incredible efforts of all the teams and were glad to witness the participants' ingenious ideas. Judges wished all the semi-finalists the best of luck as they prepared for the final round.
From the semifinals, the ten remarkable teams who have made it to the ultimate stage of the Hult Prize at IOE competition! After this, the next stage for the participants is the Finals. So competitors get ready with your pitches and mark your calendars. The ride is getting more fun.
These programs will soon lead to the finals of the Hult Prize at the I.O.E. Our Campus Director Mr.Bishal Bashyal had led all the events and the Hult Prize team at IOE smoothly. They have no plans to stop anytime soon. Things are going smoothly and the entire chain of events is expected to proceed in the same fashion.
From a pool of 70 extraordinary teams, the competition has been fierce and after a rigorous selection process, the top 30 teams emerged, and after much deliberation, 10 of these teams have been handpicked to be the finalists. Let's see which team will be crowned the winner of the Hult Prize and make a real, lasting impact on the world!