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Kenan-Flagler Students Shine at Hult Global Case Challenge

March 19, 2012 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews

KFBS Hult Global Case Challenge TeamThis post is contributed by Genny King, MBA Class of 2013

This past February, I traveled with my teammates to Boston, MA to participate in the Hult Global Case Challenge.  Here we are, left to right, in the accompanying photo: Emily Dorfman, Sid Padgaonkar, Elissavet Abdelnour, our ambassador from Hult, Genny King, and Peter Brinkerhoff.  

The mission of the Hult Global Case Challenge is to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social challenges and encourage breakthrough ideas from college and university students around the world. Our team was selected from a pool of more than 4,000 applications to participate in the competition. We were able to participate in the competition through support from the MBA Program Office and Center for Sustainable Enterprise.

The competition explores sustainable solutions in affordable housing, energy, and education for customers at the base of the pyramid. Each year, the Hult Global Case Challenge makes $1 million in seed capital available to pilot the winning teams’ ideas. This year’s Challenge looked at ways Habitat for Humanity, SolarAid, and One Laptop per Child, could scale their operations.

Our team participated in the education track and developed a recommendation for how One Laptop per Child could deliver 10 million of their XOXO laptops to children in developing countries in the next five years. We focused on India as an area of immense opportunity and the use of strategic partnerships with corporations, foundations, and local organizations to fund the production of the laptops, distribute the laptops to target markets, and develop teacher-training programs.

The Hult Global Case Challenge is in only in its third year and tripled in size from last year. Our team enjoyed the opportunity to represent UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in a competition that featured thousands of students from over 100 countries.