AUS Students Finalists in Competition to Solve Food Security Problems

Antioch University Seattle (AUS) and The Hult Prize recently announced that AUS’ student team has advanced to the regional finals of the 4th Annual Hult Prize Challenge.  The 2013 Hult Prize Challenge has been personally selected by President Bill Clinton and will be themed around the Global Food Crisis.

“I’m thrilled we’ve advanced to the regional finals,” said AUS President Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet. “Solving problems that affect people locally or on a global scale is where our Antioch University students excel.”

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good, recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planets most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in five cities around the world (San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai and Shanghai) for a chance to secure $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

AUS team members competing in San Francisco include team captain Wendy Maguire, Seattle, WA; Ron Paul Baum, Woodinville, WA; Valerie Segrest, Seattle, WA; Todd Shwayder, Seattle, WA; and Romajean Thomas, Tacoma, WA.

“The Hult Prize is thrilled that Antioch University Seattle has joined the initiative,” said Dr. Stephen Hodges, President of the Hult International Business School. “This year’s competition has received a record number of entries, bringing together some of the most talented students to help solve global food security which can benefit nearly a billion people.”

Each team selected was chosen from more than 10,000 applications received, totaling over 350 colleges and universities, representing over 150 countries. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 1 and 2, 2013 on Hult International Business School’s five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Antioch University Seattle will compete in San Francisco.

Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business incubator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.  A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team, who will be awarded the $1,000,000 Prize by President Bill Clinton.

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About the Hult Prize
Founded in 2009 by Hult International Business School Alumnus Ahmad Ashkar, and responding to a challenge made by President Bill Clinton in 2010, the Hult Prize is committed to launching a new wave of social entrepreneurs through identifying and launching disruptive social ventures that are poised to change the world.  Its annual challenge is the world’s largest student competition and one of the world’s leading crowdsourcing platforms for social good. The Hult Prize was recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. The Hult Prize Global Finals is held inside of the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter @hultprize or on Facebook at

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion. For more information, visit

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