by Patty Mah
Late last week, Team Epoch emerged as the triumphant winner of the Hult Prize Regional Finals in London, England. Over 300 teams competed in this stage of the competition, which took place across the globe in London, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, and Shanghai.
As a regional final winner, Team Epoch will now take part in the two-month long Hult Prize Accelerator program before pitching their venture for a chance to win the grand prize of $1 million.
Backed by the Clinton Foundation, the Hult Prize is a social entrepreneurship competition that brings together teams to solve the planet’s biggest challenges. This year, the theme of the competition was “Refugees – Reawakening Human Potential” and focused on “restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be, or are forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change and war”.
Over the next few weeks, the team will be travelling in Germany to gain more perspective about the refugee situation and further develop their plans to empower new-Canadians through a platform that allows for the bartering of skills and services.
Epoch also won first-place and $25,000 of start up money at the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF).