SEMO Hosts Entrepreneurship Competition

SEMO Hosts Entrepreneurship Competition

Southeast’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was honored to host one of the world’s most prestigious accelerator programs, The Hult Prize. It’s considered the world’s greatest engine for creation of for-good, for-profit businesses emerging from universities.

Named the “Nobel Prize for Students,” ranked among the world’s most innovative organizations and placed among the “Top 5 Ideas Changing the World” by TIME Magazine, the Hult Prize has prepared more than one million youth in impact entrepreneurship over the past decade.

It’s a year-long competition that crowd-sources ideas from MBA and college students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The Hult Prize is an opportunity for Southeast graduate and undergraduate students to exhibit their creativity, hone their leadership skills, and promote their innovative ideas on a national and international stage, according to Jayachithra Jayapal, student campus director for Southeast’s Hult Prize Competition.

Two students from Cape Girardeau won the 2020 competition with their proposed startup business, Hemptex. Ethan Protzel and Chance Zeigler’s business seeks to change the textile manufacturing industry by replacing cotton products with hemp counterparts. The duo says it has the potential to be more affordable and more environmentally friendly.

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