Three teams from Boise State University will compete in regional finals for the Hult Prize in early March, including Team Cultivate, which won the school's Hult competition with its innovate P.O.T.T., or portable one-time toilet.
The $1 million Hult Prize is awarded in a competition that challenges teams of
young people to develop innovative business ideas as social entrepreneurs. The money is used as seed funding for a team's project, which is meant to help people affected by
social injustice, war and economic depression.
The Boise State teams will
travel to Dubai, London and Shanghai for the regional finals, with the top team from each of those locations as well as two others earning a spot in an eight-week
business incubator in Washington, D.C. The overall winner will then be chosen.
Cultivate, made up of Luke Yeates, Brandon Sams, Janice Witherspoon and Steve
Silva, came up with P.O.T.T. to help people in refugee camps safely use a restroom in a way that does not promote the build up of sewage
or pollute water.
Project Recover, another Boise State team, competed through an at-large
bid. Composed of Austin Legg, Alexandria Allen, Cody Huckvale and Becky Davis,
the team proposes a business that provides people with materials to make
cultural goods, then purchases the goods to sell on an online platform,
reinvesting profits in more materials.
Team Dream, consisting of Ashleigh
Anderson, Jessica Bottleberghe, Ethan Lopez and Steven Gabrielsen, also
competed in an at-large capacity and plans to create an online platform where
refugees can share their stories.
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