Amman- 18 December 2019
On Thursday, December 12, 2019, The German Jordanian University (GJU) celebrated the announcement of the winners' teams of the Hult Prize Competition 2020 during the closing ceremony that was organized by the Deanship of Student Affairs (DSA) at GJU.
The Competition aims to challenge university students to build bold businesses that have a positive net impact on our planet with every sale completed, a dollar earned, and a decision made.
The President of GJU, Prof. Manar Fayyad said, that she is very proud to witness GJU students' participation in the Hult Prize competition for the third year, expressing the importance of this year's challenge, Climate Change and the urgent need to find creative solutions to preserve our environment.
GJU students this year came up with environmental solutions and business models that have an environmental impact, their solutions were in the fields of transportation, minimizing paper waste through technology, reducing CO2 emissions, as well as designing all green Hydroponics system and many more.
Sanad Jawabreh, the Campus Director at GJU, Shared his experience with Hult Prize starting as a competitor last year and how he is honored to be in a position to lead this movement of impact in 2020.
He noted that with the guidance and financial support of DSA, Hult Prize GJU organizing committee offered 24 hours of training, which were invested in developing the students' ideas throughout the whole semester in partnership with Program Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) at GJU, and myStartup- INJAZ (business incubator) which provided expert consultancy and logistical support.
Sanad also announced that GJU was chosen as the host of the Regionals phase in Jordan and continue to help students have a positive impact!
Jana Al Buraik from the Hult Prize Global Team gave a brief about Hult Prize Global vision and announced "Impact Break” where up to 20 startups will receive an invitation to attend the Global Hult Prize Accelerator and win US$1,000,000 in startup capital.
The program of the closing ceremony included a presentation by Entrepreneur Lianne Manna, who took the audience to her journey in Environmentalism, which led her to open her own Social Startup “Ecope” which tackles food waste in Jordan.
Also, Faris Ammari, a young environmental enthusiast boy, introduced his initiative to gather seeds to plant a whole landscape in Amman.
The participating teams presented their entrepreneurial projects in front of a jury, consisted of Layla Al Qasim, Head of Strategic Engagement & Sustainability Projects at Landmark Amman Hotel, Bashir Mraish, Founder & CEO - Bashir Mraish Consultancy, Ala'a Abdulla, Executive Director at Jordan Green Building Council and Enad Kanaan, Business & Corporate Strategist Startups & Entrepreneurship Advisor at Injaz.
At the end of the ceremony, the judges announced the top three winners as the following,
The First Place, Breakthrough
Breakthrough developed FRD (Fire radio propagation detection system), which is a system, that real- time and accurately detects the location of wildfires in forests and farms using complex mathematical patterns of radio propagation waves.
Second Place, Grüner
Grüner is a beautiful structure that allows plants to grow through, without damaging the façade, to create a multi-beneficial green wall. Based on a modular and simple “do it yourself” style, it is easy to assemble and exchange.
Third Place, Admire
A brand was founded by like-minded individuals, a group of creative people dedicated to building innovative, smart and effective beauty solution. At Admire, every single purchase made will be a seamless experience from start to using the products that are derived from natural resources only, 100%organic and eco-friendly.
Congratulations, best of luck on the next levels!