Third edition of Hult Prize ESSECT On-campus program

“Let’s make an impact and change the world, every hour of work in oncampus program is worth it. We are changing lives adding value” Hult Prize ESSECT

The Hult Prize ESSEC Tunis team held last Saturday the first round in their oncampus program 3rd edition which was crowned with outstanding success.

The event was organized in the presence of The Hult ESSEC Tunis team, the university students and a group of renowned personalities and academics from different areas of expertise.

The guests figures who enhanced the event by their precious participation are Judges of the competiton namely samia zaouali, Yasmin laaribi, Maher kallel, Riadh khalfallah,  Haifa sadri and Marouen hadhri.

Mrs Yasmine Laribi who worked at Unilever, a global company selling a fast-moving consumer good, has served as a program manager for Enactus Tunisia an international nonprofit organisation promoting social entrepreneurship among students. Currently, she is the communication officer of innovi EU4innovation, a program funded by the European Union and implemented by expertise France.

Mr Maher Kallel is currently the president of NOU-R a think tank created just after the revolution and working closely with the government on economic and social issues. He is the Vice president of Carthage business angels association and member of the board and international investment officer in Poulina group holding as well as an international consultant specialised in strategy and family business development.

Mrs Samia Zaouali, who has recently been honoured by the Embassy of France and the French Institute in Tunisia on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day as she strives for women empowerment, is a consultant and expert in economic empowerment of women and communication research in gender.

Social Entrepreneur and Innovation for Development Champion in the MENA region, Hayfa Sdiri, currently serves as a youth and innovation associate at UNDP Tunisia.  She began her civic work at the age of 16 participating in Policy advocacy for UN Sustainable Development Goals, Gender equality and Youth Civic Engagement. Her Social enterprise project is Entr@crush, which is a Tunisian solution to the issue of economic empowerment.

Mr Hadhri Marouen who is the founder of the social enterprise specialized in entrepreneurship, coach-accompanist specialized in the accompaniment of the diaspora,  has been a PhD student in economic intelligence, business, and investment in the southern Mediterranean at Corsican Pascal Paoli University. He was in charge of international students at the University of In Corsica, he provided guidance and administrative support, follow international students, Manage student exchange and mobility programs. He was a business analyst consultant in a team will consulting also in Data migration, added to that he was the strategic and commercial analyst in Attijaribank.

Mr Riadh Khalfallah is a Doctor in computer science from ENSI Tunisia and Doctor in Systems Control at UTC. He was Director in several Tunisian companies stemming from French Groups (Medsoft of Groupe Steria and HLi Consulting Tunisia of HLi Group). He taught at INSAT and teaches at the ITU as Head of Information Systems Engineering Master (ISI). He is currently the Director of his own company in Digital Transformation Services.

The judges’ experience and high-standard questions, were one of the reasons for the first round to meet the expectations of the event organizers, the Hult Prize ESSEC Tunis team.

The teams, divided into two groups, were determined to make an impact, teams who skipped their classes just to work hard on their ideas, and who never missed a single training session.

A room was provided for each competing team and the change makers who joined the guest judges, to present them with their project ideas to be presented at the final of the Hult Prize competition.

However, only 6 teams can make it to the finals and the teams did not make an easy choice for the judges because of their amazing ideas and quality presentation. “We as Hult prize Essect are extremely proud of our competing teams. But again it had to come to 6 teams. These 6 teams had an extra element which got them to the finals it’s the little details that make the difference,” the Hult Prize Essect team said in their social media page.

It is worth noting, that a final round will be held in the premises of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) on Saturday, December 14.

The winning team from the program will have a guaranteed spot in the Regional summit, host in more than 27 different countries around the world.

More than 45 teams will make it to the world’s largest accelerator, taking place in Ashridge Castle London, and the top 6 teams will pitch their ideas for 1 Million USD in startup funding at the United Nations Headquarters in New York”.

The Hult ESSEC Tunis Awards team aims to spread this social movement until it becomes part of the university’s “culture” and to raise public awareness of the importance of social change for a better future and the well-being of the next generation.


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