Team Elius, comprised of four Haas MBA students (Michael Young, Sneha Sheth, Rupal Nayar, Mubeen Khumawala), was selected to represent UC Berkeley in the semifinals for the $1 million Hult Prize.
In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, President Bill Clinton challenged college and university teams around the world “to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address early childhood education in urban slums and beyond”.
A total of 22 Berkeley teams competed in the quarterfinal round with the top five presenting to a panel of judges drawn from education, global funding, product design and the Lester Center. Ideas ranged from empowering “mama entrepreneurs” to a platform for connecting NGOs with donors and volunteers.
Better Ventures Managing Director Wes Selke congratulated all of the teams for, “Tackling a big problem in innovative ways—there is lots of promise in all of your plans.” He lauded Elius in particular for the, “direct, intrinsic impact,” of their proposal to deliver education and coaching to mothers via mobile phones.
Special thanks to the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association for hosting dinner and to CITRIS for providing the space. Best wishes to Elius as they advance in March to compete for what Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus calls “the Nobel Prize for students”.