Starting out with 25 teams, mentored by experts, a group of young students from St Anthony’s College, Shillong, won the first ever On Campus Hult Prize NEHU challenge held yesterday.
The Hult Prize 2021 is an international university-level movement offered in partnership with the United Nations and is hosted and supported by Hult International Business School and funded by Swedish entrepreneur Bertil Hult and his family. It is a $1 million cash prize challenge meant for leading the youth of today to be part of a generation of global change. This year’s theme is “Food for Good: Transforming Food into a Vehicle for Change” where students are required to come up with a start-up idea based around this central theme.
The St Anthony’s team comprised three members, Jane Mebalari Wahlang, Vidyant Roy Patgiriand and Ernie First Lyngdoh, calling themselves Team Iuvenis Minds. The trio have won themselves a spot in the regional summit of the Hult Prize event to be held in March, a step closer to claiming the $1 million cash prize and achieving their start-up dream.
The first runners-up was a team called Team Aces comprising four students, namely Aushinar Dastidar, Ananya Bhattacharjee, Akangsha Chakravorty and Muskan Singhania and the second runners-up was a team called Team Phoenix comprising of Prerna Rana, Tanvi Dey, Ashmita Saha, Madhu Shah Bareh.
After hours spent by the teams pitching their start-up ideas, a panel of distinguished experts consisting of BK Sohliya, Pius Ranee and Gino A Sangma picked the winners. The team Iuvenis Minds will now embark in representing North-Eastern Hill University in the regional round.