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8 March 2014

London regional final Hult Prize for HEC MSc students

Five HEC students from the MSc in Sustainable Development won the London Regional Final in the Hult Prize, an international Challenge for student social entrepreneurs dedicated to solving the most pressing social challenges on the planet. Their project “Bee Healthy”, seeks to help diagnose diabetes for 25 million people living in urban slums around the world by the end of 2019.

In partnership with President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult Prize – funded by Swedish Billionaire Bertil Hult and supported by Hult International Business School – has created the world’s largest student movement for social impact and the world’s largest crowdsourcing platform, dedicated to solving the most pressing social challenges on the planet. As a start-up accelerator for social good, the Hult Prize has been recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. Each year, more than ten thousand students from the most prestigious institutions around the world apply to pitch their ideas. For the 2014 Prize, President Clinton has personally selected the challenge: Solving Non-Communicable Disease in the Urban Slum.

The HEC Paris team competed in London on March 8th and won the regional final among 34 schools selected from more than 10,000 applications. HEC Paris Team: Haitao YU, Tobias Horstmann, Kelsey Julius, Yolaine de Cacqueray and Juliet Phillips. The global winner will receive US$1,000,000 in start-up capital to launch their new social enterprise.

About Bee Healthy:Bee Healthy is an innovative solution to diabetes detection in urban slums. Through the use of ground-breaking yet simple technology, bees can detect diabetes in a slum dweller without the use of needles, fasting or the hassle and cost required to visit a doctor. By 2019, over 25 million slum-dwellers will be reached with the help of our team of supervisors, trainers and outreach workers. Our bee hives will be vital in providing a supply of detection bees but also in financing the project through production of honey, propolis and candles which will be sold abroad.

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