Qatar University students make a mark in Global Hult Prize Award contest

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Revive, a startup founded by Qatar University (QU) students Kateba Al-Ghazali, Sumaya Yusuf, and Nosheen Zehra, outperformed a record number of 350,000 program participants
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A team of Qatar University students has made a big impact in an international competition which is the world’s largest startup program and is aimed at creating social impact.

Revive, a startup founded by Qatar University (QU) students Kateba Al-Ghazali, Sumaya Yusuf, and Nosheen Zehra was previously shortlisted for attending the international Hult Prize competition. As many as 42 teams from around the world competed for a $1,000,000 seed capital award given by President Bill Clinton at the United Nations Headquarters. The final phase of their world-class Accelerator program was hosted at Ashridge Castle, United Kingdom where all teams went through an intensive 5-week long challenge to take their start-ups off the ground.

Revive has beaten the odds, outperforming a record number of 350,000 program participants who began their journey this past fall. They were able to progress through multiple stages, starting from winning the On-Campus round at Qatar University, securing Top 6 at the Doha Impact Summit, and then winning the Wildcard Round through which they could join the Global Accelerator Program.

At the Accelerator, they were able to meet and learn from world-class experts, engage with startups from different countries, build strong foundations for their own business and gain valuable insights and lifelong lessons, said a QU Press note.

The Accelerator phase was divided into Digital and in-person stages. Revive was listed in the Top 3 teams for 3 out 4 Pitch Friday competitions and top 1 in two consecutive weeks in the Digital Accelerator Phase, among 75 teams which made them progress to the in-person phase where they invited only 42 teams to the Ashridge castle in the UK.

At the Castle, Revive was yet again listed in the Top 3 teams for 3 out 4 Pitch Friday competitions.

This year’s 2021 Hult Prize Challenge asks entrepreneurs to rethink food and food systems and build the foundations of a venture that will create jobs, stimulate economies, reimagine supply chains and improve the overall outcome for 10,000,000 people by 2030. Revive does that by preserving surplus food by bringing new technology to Qatar and redistributing it to those in need, which will not only help raise nutrition but also create a step towards reducing surplus food and increase food security within Qatar. You can follow their journey to impact by visiting @revivefood.qa on Instagram.

Dr. Tahra El Obeid, the head of the Human Nutrition Department, noted that this project is crucial both nutritionally and economically. This initiative is critical because it decreases food loss and waste, resulting in more efficient resource usage.

Hult Prize Accelerator Program has a history of being life-changing experiences for attendees and brings together a community of people with an outlook of changing the world through business. Planned programming includes professional networking mixers, social events, inspirational keynote speeches, workshops, Pitch Fridays, Startups Expo, and the headline activity of the program — the final demo day of the million-dollar Hult Prize Challenge.

[Main image of Hult team Kateba Al-Ghazali, Sumaya Yusuf, and Nosheen Zehra in London, courtesy QU media release]

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