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Graduate Opus College of Business students deliver an X-links presentation May 15, 2009 in a Schulze Hall classroom.

As a UST student, you have a wide array of choices when it comes to applying your education to tackling business problems locally, nationally and globally. These competitions not only have the potential to leave a lasting impact on your educational experiences, but on your lives, your future careers and your world.

The Fowler Challenge

This year’s competition kicks off on Oct. 16 with an information session. The Fowler is an annual event organized by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of St. Thomas students from across campus. The business plan competition encourages students to explore their potential, search out new opportunities and use the skills and knowledge they have acquired to make a difference in the world…and win $10,000 scholarships.

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The Hult Prize

The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs. It encourages the world's brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises.

Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas — startup enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive $1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

Be creative. Gain global leadership experience. Compete in the Hult Prize at St. Thomas Challenge. The Hult Prize is dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs.  All you need to do is review the challenge, form a team (3-4 students), and pitch an idea (8-minute presentation, plus 4-minute Q&A). St. Thomas' top winning team will advance to the regional competition in San Francisco where UST covers all expenses. The top three teams are eligible for $18,000 in scholarship prizes. CHALLENGE RELEASED 9/28. The Hult Prize is open to every student (undergraduate and graduate) regardless of major/minor or area of focus.

The 2017 Hult Prize "President's Challenge" is "Refugees - Reawakening Human Potential" and will focus on restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be, or are forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change and war.  We will also work to restore the rights and dignity of those currently living in informal / illegal settlements. Our aim is to reach 10M by 2022 and believe young people and their collective wisdom is the only way forward.  This challenge was selected by President Bill Clinton and announced at the 2016 Hult Prize Finals and Awards program New York.

Key highlights associated with this year's challenge:

  • Hult Prize Foundation is estimating the total number of global refugees to be at 1 billion, not the UN and generally accepted number of 60M. 
  • The refugee cycle has been re-defined into 4 stages; pre-movement, in-motion, temp relocation, permanent status
  • The 2017 Challenge outlines very clear areas for disruptive innovation in each stage of the cycle
  • Refugees present one of the world's largest untapped economic opportunities
  • Reawakening human potential in refugees in motion unlocks the need for social innovation across a range of social service categories. 

Learn more about the competition and deadlines.

For more information, contact Colleen Sauter.

2016 Hult Prize at St. Thomas Events and Deadlines

  • Information Session: Tuesday, September 27, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., John P. Monahan Plaza outside ASC. Decorate cookies- YUM!
  • Team Applications are due November 2, 2016
  • Hult Prize Help Sessions: (Lead by MBA students and community leaders)
    • November 2 – Hearth Room, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • November 9 – Hearth Room, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • November 16 – LIB 108 (Leather room), 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • November 30 – Hearth Room, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Competition:  December 7, 3 p.m.  McNeely Hall

The Economist International Case Competition

The Economist is sponsoring its first global business case competition and has invited teams from 25 colleges and universities to participate. St. Thomas among them.

A team of three students representing the college will be presented with a real world challenge from the sponsor, a company in the investment research sector. The team will have two weeks from the time it receives the challenge to draft a proposal to solve the business problem. The team has three weeks after the proposal is due to present their findings in a 15-minute webinar, which will be posted on The Economist’s Which MBA? Website. Judges select the first, second and third place winners. On The Economist’s site, fans will vote for their favorite team. The team that receives the most votes will win a special prize.

For more information, contact Colleen Sauter at colleen.sauter@stthomas.edu.

The Clinton Global Initiative

The Clinton Global Initiative University Network is an existing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor and provide seed funding to student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses.

St. Thomas has become a member and agreed to provide CGI U students with a minimum of $10,000 per year (total) in funding for their Commitments to Action. These commitments, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific and measurable student projects that address some of the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. Commitments may be made in the areas of education, the environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

The early application deadline is Oct. 17. The final application deadline is Dec. 1 Interested students may apply online

CEBC Ethics Case Competition

The CEBC Ethics Case Competition, organized by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), is an interactive way to deepen your understanding of the importance of creating ethical and profitable business cultures. The competition will be held March 6, 2015.

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