Libraries hosting Hult Prize Regional Impact Competition April 9, 2021

April 6, 2021, 8 p.m.

Students posing with winning check at Blackstone LaunchPad business competition

On Friday, April 9, Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars will virtually host approximately three dozen teams from 19 countries and all five continents for the prestigious Hult Prize Regional Impact Summit competition. This year’s Hult Prize 2021 Challenge is centered around the theme “Food for Good.” Hult Prize Impact Summits are hosted in 100 locations around the world, and this year Syracuse is one of only three regional hosts in North America. Winners of the regional campus entrepreneurial competitions go on to compete in the global competition hosted by the United Nations, with that winner receiving a $1 million seed capital grant.

The Syracuse University campus director of the Summit is Claire Howard ’23 (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy), a Global Fellow at the Syracuse University LaunchPad. The day-long event will kick-off with keynote speaker Catherine Bertini, Professor Emeritus from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, at 9:30 AM EST.  Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate and long-time director of the World Food Programme which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The distinguished panel of competition judges will include:

In between competition pitch rounds, presenters will share “Advice of a Lifetime” featuring Derrell Smith, a Syracuse alumnus, former NFL player, food show host for Mad Good Food, and founder and CEO of the culinary brand 99EATS, a virtual brand working to connect people through food, and William Wright, Senior Vice President of Global Product Innovation and EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Tupperware Brands.

The program also includes a musical interlude with performances by Syracuse University student band NONEWFRIENDS and a networking panel moderated by two Syracuse University alumni and former LaunchPad Global Fellows and Hult Prize winners, Audrey Miller, and Amanda Chou.

A final round of pitches by the top six teams will begin at 4:15 PM EST and is open for public viewing with advance registration.

Two of the teams competing in the Syracuse Hult Prize Regional Impact Summit competition include Syracuse University teams:

Another Syracuse University team will be competing in the April 19 Regional Impact Summit hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst:

The Hult Prize Foundation transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as impact leaders of change in the world with a goal to create jobs, stimulate economies, reimagine supply chains, and improve outcomes for 10 million people by 2030.

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