Jones Graduate School of Business joins world’s most elite to find solutions to Global Poverty at the Hult Global Case Challenge

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Dickerson, Jeff
Jeff Dickerson
Megan Manning
Nasser, Faria
Faria Nasser
Jennifer Neeley
Rahila Odhwani

Global top-tier schools will go head-to-head in $1M poverty challenge

The Hult Global Case Challenge announced today that Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has been accepted and will compete in the 3rd Annual Hult Global Case Challenge (Hult GCC) – an initiative that brings together top students from all over the globe to generate solutions to the world's most pressing social challenges. The Hult GCC, in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and its newly selected partners Habitat for Humanity, SolarAid and One Laptop per Child, will focus on developing catalytic solutions to the global poverty crisis.

The 2012 Hult Global Case Challenge will focus on breaking the cycle of global poverty through developing sustainable solutions that will provide affordable housing, affordable energy, and affordable education to the bottom of the pyramid. USD 1 million in seed capital is made available annually to provide funding to pilot the very best ideas.

“The Hult Global Case Challenge is thrilled that the Jones School has joined the initiative,” said Stephen Hodges, President of the Hult International Business School. “This year’s competition has tripled in size, bringing together some of the most talented students to help solve world poverty which can benefit billions of people.”

Ahmad Ashkar, Founder and COO of the Hult GCC, attributes the success of the competition to the global youth revolution and said, “We continue to be moved by the large number of students from around the globe who are capitalizing on the opportunity to develop business models that target the bottom of the pyramid.” “We wish every team the best of luck and thank the competitors from Rice University for joining us in this youth movement.”

Each team selected was chosen from more than 4,000 applications received. Most colleges and universities had multiple team applicants with one or two teams from each school being chosen.

The Hult GCC regional competitions will take place on February 24-25, 2012 on Hult International Business School’s five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. The Jones School will compete in Boston in the Energy track.

All regional winners will be flown to New York City for the final competition, which will be held on April 26, 2012, concluding with an award ceremony at one of New York City’s most prestigious landmarks, the New York Public Library. Every finalist will receive the opportunity to meet and have photos taken with President Bill Clinton, who will serve as the keynote speaker and present the winning team with the award.

The Jones School’s team members include Jeff Dickerson (Tulsa, OK), Megan Manning (Des Moines, IA), Faria Nasser (Houston,TX), Jennifer Neeley (Beaumont, TX), and Rahila Odhwani (Miami, FL).

“We are excited about the Rice-Jones Graduate School of Business team making it to the Boston round of the Hult Case Competition. In the spirit of our mantra ‘Leading Thought, Shaping the World,’ our students’ success is a reflective of their exceptional ability to transform cutting edge concepts from our global business and energy curriculums into actionable outcomes that can impact the world.” –Sean Ferguson, Jones School Assistant Dean

The Hult GCC is the world’s largest and most internationally acclaimed case competition featuring thousands of students competing from over 100 countries. USD 1 million in seed capital is made available annually to provide funding to pilot the very best ideas. Hult GCC’s mission is to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social challenges and encourage breakthrough ideas from college and university students around the world. To learn more about the Hult Global Case Challenge, please visit:

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