Four students will be representing the University of Ibadan at the Semi final of the 2017 Hult Prize challenge holding in Boston, United States of America, later this year. They will be competing with competitors from nearly 3oo schools in the world spread cross of the following cities: Boston, USA; San Francisco, USA: London, United Kingdom Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and Shanghai, China.
The four students, Onele Peter Cole, Amolegbe Abdul Mojeed, Sadik Oluwagbenga, and Adegoke Rafiat, emerged from 20 teams that competed at different stages of the Olfloohcs-level competition, which doubles as the Quarterfinals of the Hult Prize Challenge.
Their team, Facts Count, pitched on deploying the force of the digital media to telling the refugee story around the world, providing specialized data services and creating a social media platform to connect refugees’ offerings to the rest of the world.
The 2017 Hult Prize “President’s Challenge” is themed “Refugees – Reawakening Human Potential” and will focus on restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be, or are forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change and war.
Eight panelists including Alhaji Oladotun Bello, CEO AzemoAgribiz; Irabor Pacqueens, State Officer for Bank of Industry; Mr. Emeka Ossai, Entrepreneur, and Developer; and Temitope Samson, Executive Director, Bovas & Company Limited drilled the students.
Others are Oluwasola Obagbemi, Communication Expert; Babatunde Afonrinwo, Relationship Manager, First Bank; Dr ‘Demola Lewis, a lecturer; and Dr. Ayotola Aremu, Acting Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UI.
In his opening remarks, Campus Director of the programme, Samuel Babalola, said the Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities.
According to Babalola, Each year, former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, selects a critical social problem on which the challenge is based.
“Teams of 3-4 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 some of the issues tackled since the competition’s inception,”