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LAUTECH Students win Hult Prize Nigeria Challenge to compete for $1m in London

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Team ‘Tech Farm Institute’ from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology has won the national level of Hult Prize competition held in Abuja and will now be competing for a grand prize of $1 million at the finals in London along side with Team Egesta a team from Abu Zaria.

Members of Team Farm Institute will be joining other national winners from top universities around the world for an 8-week-long training that will transform their ideas into startups for a chance to win $1 million.

Team ‘TechFarm Institute developed Solar Food Box (hydroponic farming) as a solution to the absence of electricity for farmers to improve their yield and produce any type of crop as well. They believe that Africa has in itself what it needs to feed its people.

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)

Ahmadu Bello University, Team Egesta has emerged the winner of Lagos regional final of Hult Prize Challenge 2018, Held in Covenant University, after the increasingly competitive pitch-offs among other teams.

Commenting on their win, Similoluwa said: “I cannot particularly point out something as making us win. We received God’s favour that’s for sure and we also had help from a lot of people who we ran out project by and they helped us look at things even better than we were doing.”

“We weren’t just focused on Hultprize we were determined to take the business to the next level with or without Hultprize 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 Skyhat, also participated at the national round alongside Team Tech Farm Institute and some other teams that were in attendance include;

1. Team ‘Green Drive’ from the University of Ibadan.
2. Team ‘Waste Life’ from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
3. Team ‘Science Doctors’ from the University of Ilorin.
4. Team ‘TechFarm Institute’ from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
5. Team ‘Acutus’ from the University of Benin.
6. Team ‘EDU REV’ from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
7. Team ‘XIGMA’ from the University of Benin.
8. Team ‘Healt’ from the University of Ilorin.
9. Team ‘Prime’ from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
10. Team ‘Utility’ from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), to mention but a few.

Hult Prize is an annual, competition that crowdsources ideas from students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education.

Furthermore, the winner from Hult Prize Lagos Regional and the Hult Prize Nigeria National Challenge will in the summer of 2018, meet in Ashridge, UK for the accelerator. The winners from the accelerator will meet for the grand USD 1 Million Prize in September at the UNGA

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