On November 24, the Conrad Centre hosted the Hult Prize @ UWaterloo Finals, a cross campus social entrepreneurship competition which challenged students to develop social enterprises that will restore the rights and dignities of refugees. Ten student teams pitched their solutions, competing for a chance to represent UWaterloo at the Hult Prize Regional Finals.
The winning team, composed of Jade Choy, Scott Forsyth, Lisa Tran, and Keith Choy, is developing a platform called Epoch which will support refugee integration by fostering community. Team Epoch will advance to the Hult Prize Regional Finals in March, for a chance to win $1 million USD in seed funding.
All faculties represented in cross-campus competition
The Hult Prize @ UWaterloo event, made possible by the Eyton Directorship of the Conrad Centre, drew participation from over a hundred undergraduate and gradaute students from all six faculties. Over 35 teams participated in a semifinal round, and the top ten presented at the finals. Three teams of Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) students pitched in the finals. The competition was led by Conrad social entrepreneurship professor Nada Basir and Hult Campus Director Pragya Dawadi.
Students pitched solutions which tackled a diverse range of issues facing refugees, including malnutrition, sustainable waste collection in refugee camps, unemployment, and lack of community integration after resettlement.
Judges Allyson Hewitt (MaRS), Albert Lobe (Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support), and Aleks Poldma (Hydrated World), were impressed by the energy and creativity expressed by all teams.
Check out the photo gallery from the event!