Boise State Students Create Business Ideas To Help Refugees, Compete For $1M

Jan 20, 2017

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Several Boise State students will compete in an international contest, with the chance to win $1 million. The student teams were chosen out of more than 50,000, and their projects seek to help refugees.

The three teams will compete for the Hult Prize – an international contest with the goal of launching "the most compelling social business ideas – start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people." They each have unique solutions to one of the greatest problems facing the world: the growing number of refugees displaced by traumatic events.

One Boise State team has designed a portable one-time toilet to deal with refugee camp cleanliness issues. Another team is proposing an online platform for refugees to share their stories, similar to the popular Humans of New York blog.

If they make it past this round, they will get the chance to go to Washington D.C. for an intensive summer business incubator. The grand prize is $1 million in seed capital to make their idea a reality.

The teams will compete in Dubai, London and Shanghai this March.

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