The HULT Prize at the University of Nairobi On Campus Program
The Hult Prize, in partnership with the United Nations is the largest global start-up accelerator for social and impact entrepreneurship that taps into the youth’s ideas and solutions to solve the world’s problems, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is a global leader in creating and launching disruptive companies in the impact sector among youth worldwide. It has created sectors, built momentum, and most importantly - unlocked infinite possibility for the world's next generation of entrepreneurs. The theme for this year’s challenge is: Building Startups That Have A Positive Impact On Our Planet With Every Dollar Earned. It challenges teams globally to build bold businesses that have a positive net impact on the environment with every sale completed, dollar earned and decision made to reach no fewer than a million consumers within a decade.
The University of Nairobi OnCampus Program is directed by Ms. Annett Bonuke, a final year student from the University Of Nairobi School Of Law. It officially began on 8th November 2019 with Dr. Richard Munang, the Africa’s Regional Climate Change Coordinator officially inaugurating the Program. Previous sessions leading to the culmination of the Hult Prize at the University of Nairobi OnCampus Program included: Team Dynamics and Leadership Skills by Ms. Shali Shambi-Senior Presales Engineer at SAP Africa; Designing Thinking and Idea Validation by Mr. Robert Yawe-Managing Director at Synaptech Solutions; Developing Business Models and Strategy by Mr. Francis Thairo-Industry Value Engineer at SAP Africa; Pitching Training and Simulation Exercise by Ms. Keko Naisula – Senior Education Account Executive at SAP Africa and Preliminaries.
On 6th December 2019, registered teams had a chance to pitch their startup ideas before a panel of distinguished judges that included: Mr. Robert Yawe-Managing Director at Synaptech Technologies; Ms. Viridiana Wasike-CEO & Founder of Accelevate Leads Limited; Mr. Eugene Anangwe-CEO of TV 47 Kenya and Ms. Sonia Kabra-Co Founder & Director at Buupass, for a chance to represent the University of Nairobi at the regionals happening in different cities across different regions all over the world.
The Winner of the first ever Hult Prize OnCampus Program at the University of Nairobi is Team Jijue from Chiromo Campus. The team comprises of Deepa Ranpara, Savannah Zawadi, Felix Mburu and Khulud Nurani. The Team’s winning idea is the creation of Jijue App, a self-diagnostic application. Jijue app is an affordable, confidential and reliable means of self-testing which diagnoses 5 deadly diseases-Malaria, HIV & AIDS, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B and Gonorrhea. The test kit is made by bagasse which is fully renewable.
The winning team will represent the University of Nairobi at one of the regionals happening in different cities all over the world.