CSU team competes to come up with most innovative ideas to combat world hunger

By: Steve Friday March 1, 2013 0 comments Tags: Carl Hammerdorfer, Fort Collins, Hult Prize, University of Denver

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FORT COLLINS - A Colorado State University team of Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBAs is competing for a $1 million prize at the regional finals of the fourth annual Hult Prize, CSU said.

The team is up against 43 other teams from around the nation to come up with innovative ideas to get safe, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in global urban slums - a challenge personally selected by former President Bill Clinton.

The Hult Prize is the world's largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social change, recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by Clinton and TIME Magazine.

"Our team's selection to participate in this important competition to solve one of the great challenges of our time is both humbling and validating," said Carl Hammerdorfer, director of CSU's GSSE MBA program.

"These GSSE graduates have proven their mettle in Benin, Haiti, Bolivia, Kenya and other parts of the world where hunger is a daily reality."

The team includes captain Rachael Miller, Lindsay Saperstone, Meghan Coleman and Jeannie Whitler.

Teams were chosen from more than 10,000 applications from more than 350 colleges and universities in more than 150 countries.

The competition is being held today and tomorrow (March 1-2) at locations around the world. The CSU team is competing in San Francisco, while a team from the University of Denver competes in Boston.

A final round of competition will be held in September at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, where CGI delegates will choose a winner.

To view a video of CSU's initiative, visit www.gofundme.com/letssolvehunger.



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