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Global Hult Prize: AAU Team Advances to Regional Finals

ADDIS ABABA – The 2022 edition of the Hult Prize Addis Ababa University (AAU) on campus concludes today with a team of fourth-year students from Science and Technology University advancing to the regional finals.

Team Agelgil won the first place from their pitch on an app that facilitates on-campus food delivery services while creating job opportunities for students with financial limitations.

The Hult Prize competition is a startup accelerator for social entrepreneurship created by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, which brings together university students from around the globe to solve some of the world’s most critical issues.

This year’s Hult Prize on-campus competition is being held with the theme “Getting the World Back to Work”, with the goal of creating jobs, stimulating economies, reimagining supply chains, and improving outcomes for 2000 people by 2024.

Sponsored by local firms Kazana Group and 251 Communications & Marketing PLC, the Hult Prize on Campus challenge in Ethiopia was held at the AAU.

The app presented by the finalist team, Agelgil, at the national level was awarded first place by a panel of 4 judges that oversaw 12 teams of finalists that presented their ideas.

Up and running for the past eight months, the app won over the judges for its practicality and the employment opportunity it provided for the students, especially those from low-income families.

The students are able to earn an income by linking restaurants around campus areas with the students and faculty looking to order different dishes.

Speaking on the concept of the winning app, Agelgil team rep Abel Sintayehu said, “we usually have trouble going out and dining in campus cafeterias because there are only a few of them and they are usually packed, which takes away from our study time.”

“Hence, we came up with the idea of creating an app for food delivery to our dorm rooms,” Abel said, “While doing that, we also planned on helping students with low or no income”.

“They will be working on delivery during their free time and be able to earn cash,” he said, stressing on the team’s goal to make the “app adapted in every university in Ethiopia”.

Securing second place in the competition, Team Mighty, proposed a business idea that aims to empower women in refugee camps and in incarceration by adding value to the traditional pottery business.

The third place was secured by Team TICVO, who proposed a plastic recycling business through incentive offering.

Kirubel Engidawork, the Hult Prize Director at the AAU, has congratulated the finalists.

“Hult prize is not the end, It is a ladder to your entrepreneurial journey, Of course a million dollars will be good but the guidance we all got from the judges, the mentors, and the trainers in this proves a billion-dollar worth of experience and benefit,” he said.

The global finalist will be rewarded a $1 million prize, known as the Nobel Prize for students, for implementing their idea.

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