Hult Prize Impact Retreat

Co-creating for 2020

In London, UK - May 29th - May 31st 2015

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Creating our future by leveraging crowd


What else will they tell us is impossible?

– Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder, Hult Prize Foundation


The Hult Prize was created by one student, with one idea. Imagine the possibilities...

– Charles "Chuck" Kane, Chairman, One Laptop per Child


Innovation is as simple as a game of connect the dots. The hard part is collecting the right dots.

– Hitendra Patel, Founder, Center for Innovation, Excellence and Leadership


Solving the world's most pressing challenges is not just the right thing to do, it is also good business.

– Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder, Hult Prize Foundation

about the retreat

Hult Prize Impact Retreat

The Hult Prize team is getting together for an exclusive weekend filled with fun, inspiration, workshops and some changing-the-world planning action, and we'd like you to be a part of it. We are covering the costs of accommodation, food, and entertainment, you just have to get yourself to London!

An integral part of our 2020 strategy is expanding the Hult Prize@ program on campuses around the world, and we want your help. Hult Prize@ on your campus provides universities with a turn-key program to host a local Hult Prize competition. Winners of these events bypass the application round of the Hult Prize and fast-track into one of five regional final events world-wide. In the upcoming year, we will be launching an additional 200 Hult Prize@ chapters on campuses across 100 countries, and we are inviting you to this exclusive retreat to join our executive team and previous Hult Prize winners to help us shape this fast-growing community. Along with running official Hult Prize@ events, these localized university hubs will serve as accelerators of impact on your campus.

We are asking a select group of change-makers to join us, including past and future HP@ campus directors. If you are graduating this year, please be sure to forward this on to someone in your HP@ organizing committee to attend as well. We aim to create a strong global on-campus presence for this upcoming fall semester, and would like to host a variety of schools at the castle to be the next generation of campus directors.


Why should you join?

 Become a Campus Director

Hult Prize@ Campus Directors join the global Hult Prize team and are responsibile for organizing local challenges and competitions on campus.

 Idea Labs

Workshops on the future of business, entrepreneurship and innovation will be led by world-class leaders in the areas of disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship.


At the retreat, you will spend as much time socializing as you will in training. Schmooze with your peers and leaders in the sector.

 Work hard play hard

Have you ever spent a weekend discussing how you can change the world in a castle? Live entertainment on the castle grounds.

 find new ways of thinking

Intense training and introduction of new concepts that will challenge everything you know about business and start-ups.

 Be inspired

You will hear exlusively from Hult Prize companies who have journeyed into the new world of profitable enterprises changing the world.

The attendees


retreat schedule

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shuttle from LHR to Castle

We will pick you up from London Heathrow Airport via shuttle service which will run on the hour, with direct service to our castle!

02:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Check-in & Welcome Reception

Upon arriving to the castle, you will be checked-into your room for the weekend and then we will kick things off with a Hult Prize style welcome reception.

04:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Onboarding Seminar

This seminar will lay the foundation for the next two days. The ground rules will be set and you will be on your way to changing the world!

05:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Team building

Team building is a fundamental part of being successful. Many of you will come out of the weekend a Hult Prize@ campus director and we want to get comfortable with you and expect you to do the same with us.

06:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hult Prize Challenge and Visionary Series

We couldn't consider our retreat a Hult Prize event without a competitive pitch competition! We will issue a challenge to get you thinking about what activities each of our Hult Prize@ chapters can take on and what additional resources we can provide our budding entrepreneurs. The top ideas will be presented at the conclusion of the retreat and will be supported through to implementation. We will also kick-off our visionary series and hear from the likes of Mohammed Ashour, 2013 Hult Prize winner and founder of the internationaly recognized, Aspire Food Group.

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dinner, Drinks and Social

Nightly dinners and socials will likely be the most rewarding of your time at the castle. Socialize your ideas, and let this informal marketplace lead you to your next breakthrough while walking the castle grounds.

08:00 am - 9:00 am

Inspirational Breakfast

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. Pair your morning coffee with a little inspiration and we are certain that game-changing innovation will be realized before dinner. You will hear from Hult Prize CEO and Founder about why he created the Hult Prize and how you can help be a part of the solution to sustainably end some of our world's most pressing issues.

09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Morning Lab: Human-Centered Design & Innovation

This is your chance to learn from each other, guided by some of the world's top innovation guru's and thought leaders. You will have a chance to conceptualize ideas, get feedback and will begin your journey of mastering the innovation process, walking away with real tools that you can use in your every day lives.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch on castle grounds

Reflect on the morning activities with your peers, your facilitators and the Hult Prize leadership team over an in-house made lunch.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Art of Starting: From an idea to commercialization

Great ideas are not always that easy to make into a reality. Starting and sustaining required dedication, hard work and strong team. We will go in-depth on how to commercialize for impact.

03:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon Tea + Working Hours​

We wouldn't be in the UK without "tea-time," and if you have never before had tea in a castle, then you are in for an unforgettable experience. This afternoon session will include a wide range of change-makers and will help us move great ideas into robust concepts through one-on-one coaching and advisory.

04:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Outdoor Team-building Activities on the Castle Grounds

Ready for some friendly competition and fun? We will test your team skills and ability to colloborate as you explore the castle grounds and compete against your peers where you will master critical skills in negotiations and grit.

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Formal Gala Dinner

An intimate gala dinner held in your honor. Celebrating your commitment to impact and pursuit of your purpose to accelerate game-changing ideas that will change the world.

10:00 pm - 1:30 am

A Night to Remember

It wouldnt' be a Hult Prize Retreat if we didn't have any fun! Make sure you get in your caffeine, because we have lined up some awesome entertainment that will keep you out well into the night!

8:00 am - 9:00 am


We know we kept you out all night, but we will ask you to wake up early and join another inspirational breakfast, where we will set the pace for the final half-day as you get ready to head back home to implement the things you came here to learn.

09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Action Lab: Resources and Next Steps

In this final workshop, you will hear from some of our most successful Hult Prize@ campus directors as you work to develop a commercialization plan for the things you learned and experiences which inspired you. We will review next steps and formalize the commitments we made to each other and those that the world is counting on us for.

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Hult Prize Challenge Pitches and Lunch

The final presentations for the Hult Prize Challenge will take place during a seated lunch, where will you be inspired and educatated by your peers as you listen and judge the amazing ideas and movement builders that are in attendance with you.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Closing Reception

A final reception for you to network with attendees and share your insights from the previous two days. This is hardly a farewell and more so the beginning of our journey, together, which aims to launch a whole new era of entrepreneurs, those that are poised to change the world.

4:00 am - 6:00 pm

Shuttle from Castle to LHR or City Center

We will manage your transport back to London Heathrow Airport via shuttle service which will run non-stop or back to the London city center if you plan on staying for a few more days. For those that require it, an additional night in the castle can be arranged.

application & registration

only 50 spots available. apply now to attend.


Early Bird Registration

We are covering all of your expenses from the time you arrive into London Heathrow airport through to the time you depart. Simply confirm proof of travel before April 21st.


After April 21st

We want to encourage you to confirm early! The price won't just go up for us, you will have a hard time finding tickets into the world's busiest airport!

About hultprize

The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs. It encourages the world's brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises. Hult Prize challenge winners can make their ideas reality with the help of seed funding, inlcuding a top prize of USD1 million.


location & venue

Spend three inspiring days with us, sharing and co-creating - fully sponsored. You get to London, and we will take care of the rest.
Ashridge Business School
United Kingdom
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About the Castle
The Ashridge Castle is one of the most beautiful and historically significant parks and gardens in England. A jewel of the late 18th Century and of the early 19th Century picturesque style at its zenith, it survives intact, little altered. It is of great rarity and is registered Grade II* by English Heritage. Less than 45 minutes from Central London and London Heathrow, the castle is set on 190 acres of gardens, and is majestically nestled in National Trust woodland in the rolling Chiltern Hills in Hertfordshire.

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