Friday, November 18, 2022

2023 Hult Prize OnCampus Program: Everything You Need To Know

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by Denise Audrey T. Enriquez

A streak of good news for aspiring Filipino changemakers, as the world’s largest student movement organization for social entrepreneurship will be kicking off its annual challenge this coming November 2022 to be hosted online by De La Salle University in Taft, Manila.

The Hult Prize Foundation has launched its OnCampus Phase, happening in over 121 countries around the world and 3,000 universities and campuses. De La Salle University will be hosting its local edition for its students to tackle this year’s challenge entitled Redesigning Fashion in hopes of changing the world through social enterprise.

This year’s challenge probes on the adversities that arise from contributing to fast fashion, which often include social problems such as depletion of non-renewable resources, unethical manufacturing, excessive energy and water-use, and so much more. These contentious issues were addressed head-on by 13 contending groups through their innovative social startup ideas. These were further cultivated during the expert-led Training Session Series offered by the organization preceding its main event, the Competition Pitch Day, which will be held on November 26, 2022 on Zoom.

During the initial phase of the Global $1M USD Competition, the OnCampus Program takes place in around 2,000 college campuses around the world, on five different continents. Teams competing strive to create a social startup concept which is done through training and mentoring sessions. Contenders present their ideas to CEOs, founders, and managing directors of Philippine companies during the program's competition pitch day. The last team standing will power through to represent DLSU and the Philippines at the Impact Summits that will take place at the regional level all over the world.

For more than a decade, the Hult Prize Foundation has been transforming how young people envision their own possibilities as impact leaders of change in the world around them. Originally founded as a one-million-dollar prize startup program, the organization today is the worldwide leader in impact education and has trained and graduated more than two-million alumni across 121 countries. Indeed, it is no wonder why the organization has been considered the “Nobel Prize for Students” given its prestigious honor along with the sizable social impact that comes with the glory of facing the annual challenges.

The winners of this OnCampus event will automatically advance to compete in its Quarter Final Phase and continue on the run for its one-of-a-kind award in seed capital of 1M USD to change the world. “Sustainable social impact starts with just one idea and as the 6th iteration of the OnCampus Program in DLSU, we’ve strived to support and help cultivate these budding ideas the best we can. We have all the confidence that our Top 5 finalists will showcase the business acumen partnered with the community-centered values that Lasallians aim to embody. We hope you watch just how Lasallians can change the world!” Mariah Camille Oliveros, the current Campus Director of Hult Prize at DLSU, said.

Be in the know with the concluding competition day by staying tuned for updates on HPDLSU’s social media pages.


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