The University of Ghana has once again registered its name in the ranks of the largest student competition in the world. Team StarAid Ambassadors will be representing the University of Ghana at the Regional Finals of Hult Prize Presidential Challenge 2017 to be held in London.

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The team comprises of four undergraduate students of which three are from the school of performing arts and the only female coming from the department of political science and philosophy, together with their coach Mr Abdul Karim Hakib, a lecturer at the Theatre Arts Department.

The Team is made up of Isaac Kwaku Essien, Okyere-Darko Sarpong, Ewura Adams Karim and the only female member Nana Akua Afriyie Busia.

The team has received tremendous support from the Dean of students Affairs Prof. F. K. E Nunoo and Dr Agyeman Ossei, the head of department for the Theatre Arts Department. They have expressed their happiness about the whole competition and also congratulated the team for how far they have gone. They also urged the students to do their best in the upcoming competition as they are ready to support them in whatever capacity they can.

“The Hult Prize Presidential Challenge is an annual competition that aims to create and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people globally. Winners receive USD1 Million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

The Hult Prize is offered in partnership with Former US President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. It is hosted and supported by Hult International Business School. And funded by Swedish entrepreneur Bertil Hult and his family.

It has grown to become the world’s largest student movement for social good. It is also the largest student competition on the planet with over 20,000 applicants per year representing 130 countries and over 600 institutions of higher education.

Each year, a critical social problem is selected by President Bill Clinton and a challenge issued. Students are challenged to develop a custom tailored innovative start-up enterprise to eradicate the problem. Access to education, clean water, affordable housing, clean energy, solar power, food insecurity, and healthcare are a few of the issues competitors have tackled since the competition’s inception.

This year’s challenge is “REFUGEES-REAWAKENING HUMAN POTENTIAL” and will focus on restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change, and war.

The challenge will also look at how to restore the rights and dignity of people living in informal settlements. The aim of the challenge this year is to touch 10 million lives by the year 2022.”

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