A Hult Roundup: 2020

On Friday, November 13th, the TFC hosted our annual Hult@Vanderbilt Case Competition. This year, we supported 23 participants and 5 teams as they built out ideas surrounding this year’s theme: Food for Good. The goal of this year’s challenge is to build viable food enterprises that will impact the lives of 10M people in the next decade while strengthening communities, increasing incomes, feeding the hungry and creating jobs. Learn more about this year’s theme and competition here.

Teams this year included FEED, Global Food Initiative, Crop Vault, Ghost Hall, and Ghost Cooler.

This year’s winners were the team FEED (Food of Everyone Empowering Data), comprised of the members: Angi Axelrode (Human and Organizational Development ’21), Grace Jennings (Computer Engineering ’21), Lucy Barse (Human and Organizational Development ’21), Jake Pearson (MSF ’21), and Douglas Finnegan (Human and Organizational Development ’21). As of 2020, 265 million people suffer from acute food insecurity. Recognizing this, the FEED team wanted to find a way to ensure that (1) combat food insecurity, (2) combat food waste, (3) empower consumers to use their consumer data. FEED is an app designed to empower people with the autonomy to use their consumer data to fight food insecurity in the U.S. This affords consumers more transparency with how their data is being used,

Our runner-up this year was the team Ghost Cooler, made up of four students: Joseph Love (MBA ’22), Alan D’adamo (MBA ’22), Kate Kirby (MBA ’22) and Jack Cogan (MBA ’22). Ghost Cooler was created in order to answer the question: “How do you provide reliable, affordable and flexible refrigeration to food producers and consumers who currently do not have access?” Through an innovative model, Ghost Cooler provides reliable, affordable and flexible refrigeration to food producers and consumers in developing countries. It can either on or off  the grid, and can be modified for farmers or for households.

These students will now have the opportunity to compete in Hult Prize Regionals – keep an eye out for their future successes! Until then, you can watch their final pitches here.

We also want to take the time to thank our judges who joined us for the competition: Linda Breggin (Nashville Food Waste Initiative), Sam Nadler, (Lyft & Mayor’s Food Security Working Group), Jonny Price (WeFunder), Kim Molnar (Second Harvest Food Bank), Seema Prasad (Miel), Hannah Davis (Mayor’s Office Economic Opportunity), Parker Millican (Humphreys Street), Julia Sullivan (Henrietta Red), Cali Livingstone (Operations Strategy Manager at LUCI).