A team of recent Waterloo Engineering alumni is in the running for $1 million at the United Nations with a brand new startup it pivoted to in an English castle business accelerator last month.
Mitchell Catoen, Devon Copeland, David Ferris, and Rareș Topor-Gosman, all 2019 mechatronics engineering graduates, are up against five other teams, whittled down from over 100,000, in the fourth and final leg of the 2019 Hult Prize challenge, the world’s largest student social entrepreneurship competition.
On September 14, they’ll pitch their company Phonic, a market research solution that will provide employment to youth, to an elite team of judges. The $1 million cheque presentation will be made by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
The Hult Prize final competition at the United Nations will be livestreamed beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST Saturday, September 14.