Green Gold Team of An-Najah University Was Selected as One of 2021 Hult Prize Winners
The Hult Prize Foundation recently announced the winners of the annual $1M USD Hult Prize, which challenges student entrepreneurs worldwide to launch social businesses to solve the world's most pressing challenges. The 2021 "Food for Good" challenge tasked participants with building viable food enterprises that create jobs, stimulate economies, and improve outcomes for 10,000,000 people by 2030.
Seven finalist teams were chosen to advance from the Hult Prize Accelerator to the Hult Prize Finals. Each of these teams are winners and they will receive $150,000 Hult Prize Grants, along with additional support and an invitation to showcase their innovations at the 2022 Hult Prize Finals in New York City.
Ecospire, An-Najah National University team and one of the 2021 Hult Prize 7 winners, discovered an incredible alternative for an exceedingly demanded product. Olive trees are a very common part of the Palestinian landscape, and also an important part of the local economy, they are highly useful but as a consequence of this abundance, their waste represents a significant environmental problem.
The team behind Ecospire which included students Lara Al-Khatib, and Walid Al-Titi from the Department of Computer Engineering, and Mithlon Sabbagh from the Faculty of Medicine at the University, (formally known as Green Gold), discovered that the chemical composition of olive pulp was very similar to that of wood, and it turns out olive pulp waste works wonderfully as a substitute for corrugated cardboard packaging.