Deemed “the Nobel Prize for students” the Hult Prize is the world’s largest engine for the launch of sustainable, impact-centered startups. Sponsored by Hult International Business School and run in partnership with the United Nations, the competition challenges university teams from around the world to solve the most pressing global issues with viable business ideas.
The HultPrize at the University of Port Harcourt On Campus Challenge is one of many events that take place across campuses in universities all over the globe where students compete by presenting a business idea aimed at solving the challenge put out by the Hult Foundation.
The challenge for this year was to “Build bold businesses that leave a positive impact on the planet with every dollar earned”.
The Hult Prize University of Port Harcourt On-Campus program was the maiden edition of the competition at the University of Port Harcourt and it garnered over 30 registered teams comprising of more than 90 persons in those teams competing for the chance to represent the university at the regional finals.
The event which was spearheaded by the Hult Foundation appointed Campus Director for the year – Ibeama Ogechukwu Tammy was held on the 12th of November, 2019 at the Offshore Technology Institute in the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
“It’s not every day that you have an opportunity to change the world. A team of you will be representing all of us at the upcoming Hult Prize Regional Finals happening on March 12, 2020. This is our chance to show the world that our institution is dedicated to Impact. See you in New York!” – Tammy Ibeama.
Some of the members of the organizing committee for the University of Port Harcourt on Campus program included Queensley Benson – Assistant Campus Director, Ossai Gladys – Partnership/External Relations Coordinator, Isaac Sixtus – Branding/Design Coordinator, Anthony J. Oyakhilome – Social Media/Publicity Coordinator, Ezirim Ucheoma – Teams Coordinator, Alonge Lisa – Marketing/Content Coordinator, Tochi Onyia as Event/Logistics Coordinator and over sixty volunteers.
The competing teams had access to their team appointed mentors to help them to refine their ideas and business models from the moment they registered for the On-Campus program.
Mentors which include the likes of Victoria Victor who is a content developer and digital skills trainer, Kingsley Ime who is a business developer and success coach, Dr. Charles Nwachukwu who is the founder of Health Leads Initiative, Tamunotonye Harry who is the community manager of DatHappy, Tordi Kpalap who is a financial adviser on the AIESEC global financial board, Archibong Deborah who is a fashion designer, Rhema Obuge who is an alumni and former president of Impact Leaders Club University of Port Harcourt chapter, Prince-Pleroma Nwoko who is a lead consultant for SoftPen Nigeria and Valentine Bassey who is a lead consultant with Valux Consult.
The teams which had ideas ranging from tech startups, Ed-tech startups to Agricultural startups were to pitch their business ideas to a team of judges with a wealth and vast range of experience and knowledge.
The On-Campus University of Port Harcourt had the privilege to have judges like Dr. Ogheneruona Diemuodeke – Assistant Director of the Offshore Technology Institute, a philanthropist and master of the UN SDGs, a registered mechanical engineer under COREN and a graduate member of Energy Institute. He works as a senior lecturer in the University of Port Harcourt in the department of mechanical engineering. He has over 11 years of work experience as an academic. He is a fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and obtained a Kauffman Teaching Certificate. He is the Lead Author for the Working Group III contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 report.
Ighodalo Oseyomon – He is the CEO of bamboo energy limited, a petroleum product distribution company which he founded while an undergraduate at the university. He is also the founder of Bamboo Real Estate and Construction Limited arguably one of the fastest-growing real estate and construction company in Rivers State, Nigeria. Also together with his friend, he co-founded Morgate Financial Services, an accounting, audit and marketing consultancy firm focused on developing accounting solutions for SMEs.
Emily Wale Koya – She is the founder of the School Of Personal Branding, her online academy where she sells e-products on business, marketing, personal development, and personal branding. Emily has been interviewed on various media platforms like; Channels television, TVC, Wazobia Max, Salvation TV, Guardian newspaper and a host of other media platforms. She is a crusader of a social net worth and she is currently building one of the strongest personal brands on Instagram. She’s happily married to Adewale Koya.
Maple Dappa – He works as a brand strategist with Mapemond Resources, a brand engineering company, helping businesses and organizations define and implement their brand strategy in line with their core business objectives. He writes on business, branding, life, leadership and other subject areas of interest and he is the author of ‘Seeds of Greatness’ an inspirational book aimed at empowering and equipping young Nigerians with the basic skills, principles, ethics, and guidelines they need to thrive. He lives with his wife and son in the Garden City of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
Honey Ojukwu – is an On-air personality (Radio Presenter) with CoolFM 95.9, an event host and a well-trained Public Relations Officer with Real Honey Media helping brands connect to their specific target audience. She started broadcasting in 2013, and so far Honey has worked for various Radio and Tv stations. She is one of the top female OAPs in Port Harcourt and Nigeria. In general, Honey also serves as an Event and Red Carpet Host.
Philip Asuquotes – is a strategy expert with over 10 years of experience in strategy management and consulting. As a strategy expert, Mr. Asuquotes runs a strategy consultancy practice and also runs his signature strategy management coaching program called Strategy Mastery with Coach Asuquotes, but best known as The Strategy Mastery Program. He is the founder of the Pan African Quintessential (PAQ) Network, a thought leadership platform with a vision to drive innovation in Africa. The PAQ Network has members in various African countries and runs an annual conference that has been hosted in different cities.
The winning team for the University of Port Harcourt Hult Prize On-Campus program – Topez Farms, links smallholder farmers directly to the urban markets (both individual and industrial consumers). “Till this time, millions of smallholder farmers in rural communities in Africa have just the village open market square to sell their products. So if the middlemen don’t come, there’s no one to buy from them, hence, wastage which gives rise to hunger and poverty. Also, observing the unfaithfulness of the middlemen to the urban consumers by adulterating food products and yet sell them at exorbitant prices all accumulated in driving us to build an agritech startup that focuses on market linkages.” The team consists of;
- Tochi Opara-Eze
- Preye Solomon
- Theophilus Uviekugbere
- Gibson Odoka
You can find more information and list of the other teams that took part in the competition here; https://www.instagram.com/hultprizeatuniport/
The Hult Prize at the University of Port Harcourt on Campus competition team had partnership and sponsorship deals with various brands in the city. Brands like Sammies Restaurant, Bamboo Group, Beat Fm, Studio Blaze, TechCulture, Positive Naija and Hibiscus Lite were amongst said partners and sponsors.
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