Manna Center funds TAU International Students
Three teams from TAU International competed in the Regional Finals of the Hult Prize. Called a "start-up accelerator for social good," the prize is designed to encourage students in the field of social entrepreneurship, and has been named "one of the top five ideas changing the world" by President Bill Clinton. Each year's winner receives $1,000,000 in funding to launch a sustainable social venture.
In recent years, the Hult Prize has tackled some of the world's toughest challenges. For the 2013 Prize, President Clinton personally selected the challenge: the global food crisis. Nearly one billion people in the world – and nearly one out of every four children — are hungry. Though our global economy produces enough food each year to feed everyone, more than one-third of the food generated for human consumption is lost or wasted. Participants were asked to propose a social enterprise with the ability to significantly mitigate the food crisis by 2018, focusing on Africa, India, and South America. They were encouraged to approach this challenge through multiple lenses, such as distribution, manufacturing, production, and technology.
"Tel Aviv University is proud to have had 15 of its international graduate students participate in this important competition," said Prof. Raanan Rein, Vice President of TAU. "We believe that these diverse groups combined TAU's strong academics and Israel's entrepreneurial spirit to find creative solutions to the issue of food security."