Social Innovation Japan x Hult Prize Japan

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Social Innovation Japan x Hult Prize Japan

Social Innovation Japan’s co-founder Robin Lewis had the opportunity to be a judge at this year's Hult Prize at the International University of Japan (IUJ).

The Hult Prize is the world's biggest engine for the launch of for-good, for-profit startups emerging from universities. Students across 100 countries compete for a $1 million prize and the chance to join an intensive accelerator program.

Around 50 postgraduate students at IUJ spent weeks generating business models, conducting research, and refining their pitches. From innovations in agricultural technology to turning waste plastic into bio-coal, the students' business ideas were incredibly imaginative, well-planned, and full of promise.

After an afternoon of stellar pitches, the judges decided to award IUJ's top spot to "I-U Care" - a platform supporting refugees with access to computers and internet, and connecting them with remote working opportunities.

Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work, and we look forward to seeing these ideas come to life in the future!


Mariko McTier