Two Syracuse University Teams Advance to Hult Prize Regional Finals

Thrive team Hult

On March 4, two teams of student entrepreneurs from Syracuse University will compete in the regional finals for the $1 million Hult Prize. The teams will be competing in Boston and San Francisco.

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition that focuses on social impact. This annual competition aims to challenge undergraduate and graduate students to find a business solution to a critical issue faced by millions of people. This year, the Hult Prize is focused on finding solutions that will decrease the human cost of involuntary migration and restore the rights and dignity of individuals forced into motion due to economic, environmental and political pressures.

“For the entire Thrive team and all of our fans and followers in the U.S. and Nepal, the Hult Prize has been kind of a surreal experience. In a lot of ways it has validated a project that we’ve worked on for more than a year and reminded the communities that we work with that they are not forgotten,” says Ryan Brinkerhoff, Team Captain of Thrive Projects

“We are unbelievably honored to have been selected out of so many applicants and look forward to hearing all of the ideas. It is important for SU to be represented at the Hult Prize as it encourages students to be active within their own communities as well as the larger, interconnected global community,” adds Anjali Alwis, Team Captain of on PARR

Team Thrive Projects provides alternative energy education and vocational training to communities in need, empowering them with the skills necessary to find innovative solutions to everyday problems and to build those solutions into sustainable enterprises. Thrive Projects will be competing in Boston.

The students from Thrive Projects, their hometowns and colleges are:

Team on PARR is building an app that centralizes the different resources that are available to refugees. It allows both non-profits/businesses with an interest in helping refugees as well as refugees to register. Non-profits/businesses can match with refugees by services needed and provided. On PARR will be competing in San Francisco.

The students from on PARR, their hometowns and colleges are:

Regional finals are taking place in six places around the world: Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Shanghai and London. Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will advance to an intensive 8-week summer business incubator, where they will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business. The final round of competition will take place at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in September, where a jury panel will select the annual Hult Prize winner.

The winning team of the local Hult Prize Competition at Syracuse University, Thrive Projects, includes Newhouse sophomore Amanda Chau and Arts and Sciences seniors Ryan Brinkerhoff, Joshua Moon and Khalid Khan. Photo: Emily Dang

The second runner-up team in the local Hult Prize Competition at Syracuse University, on PARR, includes Newhouse seniors Anjali Alwis and Rachel Gilbert and Arts and Sciences seniors Rose Cote and Patty Terhune. Photo: Emily Dang

About the Hult Prize Foundation

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship, which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The annual initiative is the world’s largest student competition and crowd-sourcing platform for social good, and has been funded by the Hult family since its inception in 2009.

To learn more about the Hult Prize, visit

By Emily Dang, Campus Director of Hult Prize at Syracuse University