LAUTECH TEAM EMERGES NATIONAL WINNER OF HULT PRIZE
TEAM ‘Tech Farm Institute’ from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology has won the national level of the Hult Prize competition held in Abuja, and will now compete for a grand prize of $1 million at the finals in London.
According to the head, Public Relations and Alumni Relations unit of the university, Mr Lekan Fadeyi, members of Team Farm Institute will be joining other national winners from top universities around the world for an eight-week training that will transform their ideas into startups for a chance to win $1 million.
Members of Team Tech Farm Institute are Samson Ogunfuwa (400L Urban and Regional Planning), Similoluwa Akande (400L Crop Production and Soil Science), and Barnabas Adejinmi (200L Management & Accounting).
Commenting on their win, Similoluwa said: “We received God’s favour, and we also had help from a lot of people who we ran our project by and they helped us look at things even better than we were doing.”
“We weren’t just focused on Hult Prize we were determined to take the business to the next level with or without Hult Prize; so, we gave ourselves totally to the project and we also opened our work to criticism which helped us see things through the eyes of others and make improvements,” she added.
Two other teams from LAUTECH – Team Green School and Team Skymax – also participated at the national round alongside Team Tech Farm Institute.
Hult Prize is an annual competition that crowd sources ideas from students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy and education.