SAF congratulates Team Epoch, Waterloo’s entry in the Hult Prize Regional Finals

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Jade Choy (AFM Class of 2017), Scott Forsyth (AHS grad student), Lisa Tran (4th year Science & Business), and Keith Choy (MAcc Class of 2016)

L-R: Jade Choy (AFM Class of 2017), Scott Forsyth (AHS grad student), Lisa Tran (4th year Science & Business), and Keith Choy (MAcc Class of 2016)

On Thursday, November 24, Team Epoch, a diverse team with members from the School of Accounting & Finance (SAF), Applied Health Studies (AHS), and the Science & Business program successfully pitched their solution for the 2017 Hult Prize challenge at the Hult Prize@ UWaterloo event. Over 50 teams from uWaterloo tackled this year’s challenge. Team Epoch was selected during the final pitch competition to represent Waterloo at the Regional Finals.

Each year, a critical social problem is selected by President Bill Clinton and student teams from around the world are challenged to create an innovative social enterprise that addresses the problem. The winning team receives $1 million in seed capital and mentorship from the international business community. The challenge question for the 2017 Hult Prize is: 

Can we build sustainable, scalable, social enterprises that restore the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022?

Jade, Keith, Scott, and Lisa drew upon their diverse disciplinary knowledge and past experiences to develop an innovative solution that aims to restore the rights and dignity of refugees by fostering community relationships through a social economy. 

Epoch was interviewed by CBC News and CBC Radio and have gained quite a buzz within the Waterloo community and beyond with their plans to help newcomers to Canada barter their skills.

We wish Team Epoch all the best as they move their enterprise forward and represent the University of Waterloo at the Hult Prize Regional Finals in March 2017.

Epoch continues to engage the community about diversity and working together, as told by The Record.

Update: Team Epoch emerged as the triumphant winner of the Regional Finals in London, England

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