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Two Boise State COBE Teams Advance to Regional Finals of Hult Prize in London and Dubai

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The Hult Prize Foundation recently announced that two Boise State University teams have advanced to the regional finals of the fifth annual Hult Prize. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good aimed at solving the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in six cities around the world for a chance to secure $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

Selected teams were chosen from more than 10,000 applications received from over 350 colleges and universities in over 150 countries. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 7 and 8, 2014 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo. Boise State University will compete in London and Dubai.

Students going to regional finals in London, are Scott Blades, Boise, Idaho; Hannah Derrick, West Jordan, Utah; Chandler Koch, Flour Mound, Texas; Kyle Mulder, Canton, South Dakota; and Remington Turner, Boise, Idaho. Regionals in Dubai will be attended by Ken Mazur, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chris Armstrong, Boise, Idaho; Craig Dunbar, Cincinnati, Ohio; Lindsey Hearst, Meridian, Idaho; and Kelsey Toy, McCall, Idaho. All team members are full-time students in Boise State’s Career Start MBA program.

“It is an honor to be a part of a great Boise State COBE team  and have the unique opportunity to solve a world problem,” says Kyle Mulder.

The Hult Prize challenge this year is to find a way to help the 250 million people living in global urban slums who suffer from non-transmissible chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Scott Blades, a seasoned Hult Prize competitor, invites community participation. “It would be great to hear from anyone with ideas or experience with medical solutions to chronic disease. Our team believes in harnessing the power of our knowledgeable community and industry members. Crowd sourcing ideas is a highly valuable tool and we would love the help. Contact me directly – scottblades@u.boisestate.edu.”

Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business incubator and the final round of competition will be in September.

To learn more, visit www.hultprize.org.

COBE MBA Student Scott Blades The New Foodbank Board Fellow

Scott BladesThe Foodbank Board Fellow is a new partnership with Boise State’s College of Business and Economics MBA program to provide an opportunity for a student to have a board experience with a nonprofit, while it also brings the student’s energy and thinking to the board’s important discussions and decisions.

Scott Blades, a CareerStart MBA student, has been chosen as the first Foodbank Board Fellow. Blades has a wide-ranging background that includes a bachelor of science in molecular biology and biochemistry, a master of science in plant science and completed the International Trade Certificate Program at Boise State.

 

Career Start MBA Students Advance to Regional Finals of Hult Prize Competition

Career Start MBA students groupA team from Boise State University has advanced to the regional finals of the fourth annual Hult Prize and will compete in San Francisco March 1-2 for a chance to secure $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition aimed at solving the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in five cities around the world. The 2013 Hult Prize addresses global food security and will focus on how to get safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in urban slums – a challenge personally selected by former President Bill Clinton.

Team Spherical Life includes members Scott Blades, Kelly Suter, Neha Sharma and Concepcion Yeng Chi Morel, full-time students in Boise State’s Career Start MBA program, and Don Sturtevant, an executive at J.R. Simplot Corporation who is enrolled in the part-time MBA program. They have diverse backgrounds — hailing from India, Mexico and the United States and working in biotech, energy markets, food production and social causes.

“This is a rare and very real opportunity to make a tangible difference on the global scale,” said Blades. “As human beings sharing this planet, how can we not try everything within our power to solve this problem?”

Boise State’s team was chosen from more than 10,000 applications, comprising more than 350 colleges and universities from more than 150 countries. The five regional competitions will take place March 1-2 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Boise State will compete against 42 other teams in San Francisco.

Following the regional event, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business incubator and will receive mentorship, advice and strategic planning as they create prototypes for their new business. The final round of competition will be hosted at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in September. CGI delegates will select a winning team to be awarded the $1 million prize by President Clinton.

“The Hult Prize is thrilled that Boise State University has joined the initiative,” said Stephen Hodges, president of the Hult International Business School. “This year’s competition has received a record number of entries, bringing together some of the most talented students to help solve global food security, which can benefit nearly a billion people.”