This week is the last call for applications to the Syracuse University Hult Prize on December 4. The event is a social entrepreneurship idea competition and qualifier for a $1 million global competition sponsored by the Hult Foundation with the United Nations. It is hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars at SU Libraries. This year’s challenge is Food for Good, focusing on ventures that tackle a global food-related problem and use food as a vehicle for change. Teams can apply here.
Food for Good is an apt theme this year as the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has just been awarded to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace. Former WFP director and World Food Prize laureate Catherine Bertini is the opening welcome speaker and a judge for this year’s Syracuse competition. Other distinguished judges are experienced food entrepreneurs, innovative business professionals and food experts. They include:
- Anne C. Bellows, a Food Studies professor specializing in food justice and community health, and previously the Director of the Research Center for Gender and Nutrition and Universität Hohnheim.
- Joseph Dunaway, a veteran and Syracuse ’12 alumnus who started the company KnifeHand Nutrition, a meal prep service focused on creating healthy meals to fuel success.
- Dylan Gans, Syracuse alumnus and current Director of Growth and Marketing at Good Uncle, a quality college meal-delivery service.
- Samadhi Moreno, Syracuse alum and Boston public health professional focused on health and nutrition for vulnerable populations.
- Derek Wallace, Syracuse alum and CEO and founder of Kalamata’s Kitchen, a company opening kid’s minds to the diversity of the world through food.
If you have any questions, please email LaunchPad Global Fellow Claire Howard who is the Syracuse University Hult Prize campus ambassador: firstname.lastname@example.org.