MEM Student Sharma and Team Vie for Hult Prize

The HaBaby team waits to make their pitch: Shantanu Sharma, Andrew Huang, Adia Coley and Priyanka Vennkanagari. Photo by Katherine Black.

An MEM student is headed to San Francisco to take part in a regional competition for the Hult Prize, one of the world's top social entrepreneurship prizes. Shantanu Sharma and three undergraduates bested four other teams in the second round of judging at Duke to advance directly to the San Francisco regional competition, which will be held the first weekend of March. There they will face approximately 60 other teams competing for one of 10 global finalist spots and one wildcard position.  

The Hult Prize is an annual competition that invites teams from universities to answer a social challenge chosen by former president Bill Clinton. The contest carries a grand prize of $1 million to implement the idea. This year's challenge asked, "Can we build sustainable, scalable social enterprises that restore the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022?"

Read more at the Duke Chronicle and Duke Today.