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Social Entrepreneurs Clinch Hult Prize in OAU

Twenty three teams of social innovators from various departments of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile Ife, Osun State, showcased their entrepreneurial ideas during competition for Hult Prize – a social entrepreneurship award.

Team Dynamics, which presented an idea on how to proffer solutions to lack of clean water, emerged winner, Team Ignatious came second, while Team Ignite came third.

The winner team devised unique gadgets for purifying contaminated water in order to make it safe for drinking. The Dynamics Team will represent OAU at the regional contest next May.

The event was held at National Centre for Technology Management of the OAU.

At the event, undergraduates and postgraduate students brainstormed on how to achieve a sustainable solution to the nation’s energy challenge.

According to its organisers, the objective is to engage students in developing radical ideas that can provide solution to challenges facing humanity across the world. The contest seeks to breed social entrepreneurs and technology innovators.

About 40 teams submitted applications to participate in the contest, only 23 were selected to compete for the prize.

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The teams presented their ideas before a panel of judges selected from different parts of the country, including Adepeju Jayeoba, a Project Coordinator on mother health and childcare, and Abiodun Momodu, a PhD holder in Technology Management.

Through a transparent and balanced assessment of the teams’ ideas, the judges assessed them.

The teams’ ideas were adjudged based on how disruptive, scalable, sustainable, profit-driven and globally relevance.

Hult Prize was founded by Ahmad Ashkar in 2009 in partnership with the United Kingdom and Bill Clinton’s Foundation. The Hult prize foundation is a platform for budding social entrepreneurs across the world.