Hult Prize team
(From left) Mohammed Ashour, Zev Thompson, Shobhita Soor, Gabriel Mott and Jesse Pearlstein

McGill students win prestigious Hult Prize

A team of MBA students from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, known as Aspire, was awarded the prestigious Hult Prize by former U.S. president Bill Clinton on Monday, September 23rd, during a ceremony held in New York City. The prize brings $1 million intended to help the group move forward with their idea, which was developed in response to President Clinton’s challenge to students worldwide to develop innovative solutions to help curb the problem of global hunger.

The McGill group, which includes first year MD-MBA studentMohammed Ashour who is also the team leader, proposed to provide local farmers in targeted areas with growth kits that will allow them to grow local insects year-round rather than seasonally. Once harvested, the group will buy the insects from the farmers and convert them into food, including lime-cricket chips and insect-fortified flour, which will in turn be used to provide affordable and nutritionally-viable food to people in urban slums.

The McGill team beat out some 10,000 colleges and universities from 150 countries who were in the running for the prize.

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October 8, 2013