MBA students reach regional finals with refugee social enterprise


The University of Birmingham MBA team have been selected to participate in the 8th Annual Hult Prize Regionals from a record-breaking pool of over 50,000 applications received from over 100 different countries.

In March Ekaterina Charkina, David Rodriguez, Dionisio Rodriguez, Felix Ritchie, will compete against the world’s top business schools to build a innovative social enterprise which restores the rights and dignity of refugees. 

Team leader and MBA Ekaterina Charkina commented:

‘This competition has been named as one of the top five world changing initiatives by Time Magazine. It has been extremely rewarding and a great privilege be a part of making a real difference to the lives of refugees’.

The Hult Prize Foundation is pioneering a crowd-based approach to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems and accelerate social enterprise. Their start-up accelerator brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues.

The Hult Prize Foundation has been funded by the Hult family since it was founded in 2009 by current CEO, Ahmad Ashkar. To learn more, visit

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion.

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