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Middlesex University Dubai Students Are Set To Become Entrepreneurs Of The Future



Dubai, 28 January 2015 – Middlesex University Dubai students are through to the regional final of the Sixth Annual Hult Prize Competition taking place in March.

The team set their goals high and have been working tirelessly to ensure they are leading the competition. The team consists of students from the Media and Business schools, Koralia Ioannou (Switzerland), Sarah Alvi (Pakistan),Vikram Vinod (India), Beryl Robin (India) and Bilal Khan (Pakistan).

The Hult Prize gives entrepreneurs from around the world a platform to innovate and revolutionise the way society thinks about servicing the poor. Each team selected was chosen from more than 20,000 applications received from over 500 colleges and universities in over 150 countries. The Annual Hult Prize Challenge is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, student teams compete in five cities around the world for a chance to secure USD1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

Dr. Lois Smith, Middlesex University Dubai, Director said “We are extremely proud of our students and their achievements in this competition. This is a great example of what our students are achieving outside the classroom, and our academic team fully supports them in such extra-curricular activities.”

The 2015 Hult Prize will focus on building start-ups that provide sustainable, high quality early education solutions to ten million children under the age of six in urban slums and beyond by the year 2020. This year’s challenge was selected and set by President Bill Clinton, who said, “The Hult Prize is about more than the solution to the problem, it’s about how the world has to work in the 21st century.”



About the Hult Prize Foundation

The Hult Prize Foundation is a pioneer in crowd-based approaches to the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the acceleration of social enterprise. Its start-up accelerator brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. It has been named by TIME amongst the top five ideas changing the world. The annual Hult Prize Challenge is the world’s largest student competition and crowd-sourcing platform for social good. The Hult Prize Foundation has been funded by the Hult family since it was founded in 2009 by current CEO, Ahmad Ashkar. To learn more, visit

About The Clinton Global Initiative 

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion.

About Middlesex University

Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. The campus, which opened in January 2005, has over 2,500 students from over 90 nationalities and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of subject areas. Middlesex University is a global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students, by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, scholarship and professional practice. We prepare our students to be professional, skilled individuals fitted for the modern world, committed to lifelong learning and able to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.
As well as having all the advantages associated with being a British university, Dubai campus students can benefit from all the opportunities afforded by a rapidly developing modern city in the heart of the Middle East, while experiencing the diverse nationalities and cultures that make up the population of Dubai. The Campus is located in Dubai Knowledge Village, occupying spacious classrooms and study areas within four buildings. Dubai Knowledge Village itself was set up in 2003 for international institutions that promote learning. Middlesex University Dubai students therefore have the opportunity to participate in a much wider student community.


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