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UC Davis Graduate School of Management Team Joins World’s Most Elite in Youth Movement to Find Solutions to Global Poverty at the Hult Global Case Challenge
Global Top-tier Schools Go Head-to-head in $1 Million Poverty Challenge

(Davis, CA)—A team of five UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA students have advanced to the regional final round of the 3rd Annual Hult Global Case Challenge held today and tomorrow, February 24-25, in San Francisco. The initiative brings together top students from all over the world to develop sustainable solutions to global poverty.

UC Davis MBA students Adam Baillie, David Fisher, Evan Howell, Emma VanGenderen and Keith Weissglass will compete against teams from 14 universities, including UC Berkeley, UCLA and University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Regional competition will be held simultaneously on Hult International Business School’s five campuses in San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai and Shanghai. A sixth site is held virtually via Facebook for those competitors whose economic means keep them from attending one of the five physical competitions.

The Hult Global Case Challenge (GCC) has three tracks:  housing, education and energy. The UC Davis MBA team is competing in the energy track, with the task of finding a viable way to help 2012 Hult GCC partner SolarAid get off-grid solar power and light to 1 million rural African households by the end 2013.

Each team competing in the regional competitions was chosen from more than 4,000 applications received. The winning team from each track, per city, and the virtual competition will advance to an all-expense paid global final in New York City on April 26, where each team will be given the opportunity to present their solution to a world-class panel of executive judges. The very best ideas will win $1 million in seed capital funding to help these solutions get underway.

Additional 2012 Hult GCC partners are the Clinton Global Initiative, Habitat for Humanity and One Laptop per Child. 

Ahmad Ashkar, Founder and COO of the Hult GCC, attributes the success of the competition to the global youth revolution and said, “We continue to be moved by the large number of students from around the globe who are capitalizing on the opportunity to develop business models that target the bottom of the pyramid. We wish every team the best of luck and thank the competitors from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management for joining us in this youth movement.” 

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About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Dedicated to preparing innovative leaders for global impact, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is distinguished by world-renowned faculty members, entrepreneurial students, a powerful alumni network and locations in Northern California’s economic and innovation hubs. The school is consistently ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. UC Davis is the fastest-rising business school in the U.S., jumping to the top 6% of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International-accredited schools in U.S.News & World Report’s latest rankings. The school has 110 full-time MBA students at the UC Davis campus and more than 450 Working Professional MBA students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. A Masters in Professional Accountancy program launches this fall.

About Hult International Business School and the Global Case Challenge

Hult is the world’s most international business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai. The School offers a range of business-focused programs including MBA, Executive MBA, Master and Undergraduate degrees. Hult’s one-year MBA program is ranked in the top 30 in the world by The Economist and among the top 100 by the Financial Times. 

The Hult Global Case Challenge is the world’s largest and most internationally acclaimed case competition, featuring thousands of students competing from over 100 countries, making available $1 million in seed capital annually to pilot the very best ideas. Hult GCC’s mission is to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social challenges and encourage breakthrough ideas from college and university students around the world.

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