BHSU selected to host United Nations Hult Prize competition on campus

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, November 7, 2018/Categories: Events, Students, Students in the News, Campus Currents, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Events, 2018

Black Hills State University was selected to host a local edition of the Hult Prize competition thanks to the leadership of international student Yosr Bouhoula. The Hult Prize is a $1 million award competition for college students to sustainably solve the world’s most critical social challenges.

Bouhoula, originally from the northern Africa country of Tunisia who is studying psychology at BHSU, applied to be a Campus Director of the prestigious Hult Prize competition. She is working directly with BHSU students and community members to “unlock the desire of young people to change the world through business.”

This year’s 10th anniversary Hult Prize challenge is Youth Unemployment: Building the foundations of a venture that will provide meaningful work for 10,000 youth within the next decade.

BHSU student teams will participate in a workshop Nov. 16-18 on campus to develop their business ideas. The winner of the intra-campus event will automatically advance to compete in one of 15 regional finals happening around the world.

One winning team from each host city will then move onto a summer business accelerator in England, 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 in September in New York, where the winning team to be awarded the $1 million prize.

Bouhoula is confident that her peers at BHSU have as good as chance as anyone to go all the way with this year’s Hult Prize.

“I believe that everyone can make a difference, and everyone should try. No matter your major, join the movement of the generation that’s changing the world,” says Bouhoula.

Hult Prize at BHSU is now recruiting volunteers and teams who are interested in registering for the competition.

To learn more, contact or (605) 641-3724.
About the Hult Prize Foundation
Hult Prize is the world’s biggest engine for the launch of for-good, for-profit startups emerging from university with over 2500 staff and volunteers around the world. In nearly a decade, the movement has deployed more than $50M of capital into the sector and mobilized more than one million young people to re-think the future of business as it continues to breed disruptive innovation on college and university campuses across 100 plus countries. The Hult Prize Foundation been called the ”Nobel Prize for Students” and has been featured in a TIME Magazine Cover Story highlighting the “Top 5 Ideas Changing the World.” To learn more, visit

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