Pakistani American Students Secure $1M Hult Prize

Their idea could help make life better for millions of refugees around the world

Four young Pakistani-Americans belonging to Rutgers Business School has made Pakistan proud. Gia Farooqi, Hasan Usmani, Moneeb Mian and Hanaa Lakhani have won $1M Hult Prize 2017 challenge at the United Nations with their business idea ‘Roshni Rides’.

Their idea ‘Roshni Rides’ is a transportation network solution that is aimed at providing accessible, reliable and affordable public transportation for refugees living in South Asia’s informal settlements.

When they had won the semi-final round of the Hult Prize competition, the team came to Karachi and raised $30,000 through crowdfunding. They did a two-month pilot project in the Orangi Town area of Karachi.

Roshini Ride competed against five other teams for the big prize money at the United Nations Headquarters.

The team’s idea will help the 200 million urbanized refugees from South Asia who cannot easily excess need-based resources like schools, markets, hospitals and places where they can find employment due to lack of transportation options.

With Roshni Rides, the refugees will now have affordable, reliable and accessible means of transportation.

To follow their progress, be sure to like their Facebook page.


More about the Hult Prize

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition for social entrepreneurship. It was established in 2010 by Bertil Hut. It is an annual challenge that takes place all year round. The Hult Prize competition challenges students from around the world to solve a social issue with help of a business idea. The business idea should be capable of improving the lives of 10 million refugees by 2022.


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