On November 29, the Conrad Centre hosted the Hult Prize @ UWaterloo Finals, a cross-campus social entrepreneurship competition which challenged students to develop social enterprises that harness the power of energy for 10 million people. Eight student teams pitched their solutions, competing for a chance to represent UWaterloo at the Hult Prize Regional Finals.
Judges Jeff Jenner (CEO, Potentia Renewables), Charity Kabango-Lowe (Co-Founder, Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners, and Bernie Li (Co-Founder, The Pure Energies), were impressed by the ideas and enthusiasm for social enterprise expressed by all teams.
The Hult Prize @ UWaterloo event, made possible by the Eyton Directorship of the Conrad Centre and the support of Electrical Contacts Ltd., drew participation from over a hundred and fifty undergraduate and graduate students across faculties. The competition was led by Conrad social entrepreneurship lecturer, Roopa Reddy and Hult Campus Director, Pragya Dawadi.
First place team to advance to Hult Prize Regional Finals
The winning team, CataLight, seeks to provide access to clean water with affordable photocatalytic water treatment. The team is composed of Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) students, Kevin Dang, Ashley Keefner, and Vishal Vinod.
Congratulations also goes out to second place team Agora Crates, third place team Circadian Energy, and finalist teams Power to People, Wiha, Electro Wheels, Enercation, and Transformers. Along with CataLight , we hope to see some of our campus teams advancing to one of fifteen regional competitions around the world in March 2018!