Worlds Challenge Challenge – Applications Due Feb 3rd

The World’s Challenge Challenge at the University of Waterloo is a competition where teams of three diverse students pick one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals), and propose a solution.

Each member of the winning team will win $1,000, and the winning team will move on to compete against other schools at the International World’s Challenge Challenge from June 2-7, held at Western University in London, Ontario. The winning team of the International round will win $30,000 to split evenly within their team, the second place team will win $15,000, and the 3rd place team will win $7,500. More information about the event can be found here (including the scoring rubric and resources). 

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Climate-Driven Environmental Emergencies Problem Pitch - Applications Due Feb 3rd

New for the Winter 2019 term, the Problem Lab is partnering with the Faculty of Environment to bring you the Climate-Driven Environmental Emergencies Problem Pitch stream!

Win support of up to $10,000 to conduct your own research into problems associated with our changing climate as it relates to environmental emergencies. Enter the Winter Term Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition in the category of Climate-Driven Environmental Emergencies*.

The team that best demonstrates an understanding of an important problem wins the award. For more information, click here.

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Jack Rosen Memorial Award - Applications Due Feb 22nd

Do you have an innovative idea for a product, process, program or service to prevent, mitigate or solve an environmental problem? Tell us about your unique solution by applying at the link below. If you’re one of the top entries, you’ll be invited to ‘pitch’ your idea in a Dragon’s Den style competition for a chance to walk away with the $3,000 grand prize.

Students may enter individually or in teams of up to five. All groups must include at least one full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Environment. One entry per student or team.

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Velocity Fund $5K – Applications Due Feb 17th

Students with innovative ideas are invited to pitch at the Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers, held each term. Up to 40 teams pitch over two nights to a panel of judges from the local startup community. The top 10 are invited to pitch at the Velocity Fund Finals for their chance to win one of four $5,000 grants.

In order to qualify for the Velocity Fund $5K, a current University of Waterloo student from any faculty (who is a co-founder of the team) must make a 3-minute pitch in front of a panel of judges at one of two $5K Qualifiers. Only one member of the team is able to make the 3-minute pitch. These $5K Qualifiers provide an informal pitching environment complete with full stage and microphone. The top five teams from each night are selected to participate in the Velocity Fund Finals, where they can compete for one of four $5,000 prizes, which are awarded by our panel of judges.

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The Wege Foundation

Wege Prize is a yearly international student design competition that gives teams of five the chance to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries, use design thinking principles, and contend for $30,000 (USD) in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like. THE CHALLENGE: HOW CAN WE CREATE A CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

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