Our history with Hult Prize Foundation goes back to the early years when HPF promoted social impact initiatives with a global footprint, starting with One Laptop per Child.
The following year we found ourselves jointly supporting the world’s leading NGO in the field for establishment of sustainable water supply solutions in post-earthquake Haiti. An impactful sustaining element of the work was the election of a Citizens Committee in each village to take ownership of their water resources and be responsible for maintenance and management.
We continued our association with Hult Prize through active participation in every subsequent Annual Awards event in New York. In 2017, Ashok was invited to be a Mentor and Judge at the Boston Accelerator for the year’s finalists. Later that year, Ashok worked on a charter for Hult Prize Council, to bring together the community of committed Coaches & Mentors who consistently give their best to support the Teams on their journey.
The pandemic was widely disruptive, but the 2020 Hult Prize went forward on schedule in virtual environments across the globe. In 2018, 2019 and 2021, startup teams selected through Regional competitions, gathered in person for the world’s largest Accelerator of its kind in the UK. The venue was the Hult Executive Management Training School at Ashridge House in the UK.
The startups learned how to transform their ideas into impact-centered, market-driven and profit-minded enterprises. With the guidance of Coaches and Experts, they refined their product & service concepts, business plans & projections and pitch presentations, to compete for six spots at the Hult Prize Finals later in the year.
Amrita and her sister, Kikky actively engaged in conducting Team Health sessions and offering Social and Emotional support, as needed. Ashok worked with them on their supply chains and business plans. As each Accelerator came to an end, Ashok guided an interactive session called “The Path Forward” to prepare teams to adapt to any outcome.
Hult Prize completed its first decade in 2019. Now, in partnership with Hult International Business Schools (hult.edu) and Education First (ef.edu), the program is on track to become the worldwide leader in impact education
In this broader mission, all of us at The EKTA Foundation will continue our work with them, guiding and helping young people from around the world to find the best within themselves and use it for lasting impact.