Pragya Dawadi

Message from Campus Director


"It's not everyday that you have an opportunity to change the world. Calling all dreamers, makers and innovators to harness the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people. A team of you will be representing all of us at the upcoming Hult Prize Regional Finals happening in March 2018. The winner will represent the University of Waterloo at one of the 15 Regional Competitions around the world! Last year's winners made it all the way to the Global Finals! Learn more about Epoch here: https://epochapp.com/ This is our chance to show the world that the University of Waterloo is dedicated to Impact."


Pragya Dawadi
pragya.dawadi@hotmail.com

Win $1,000,000 in start-up funding



The 2018 Challenge

Harnessing the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD WITH US $1 MILLION?

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EVENT DETAIL

Hult Prize@ UWaterloo Kick-off Event

Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Venue: University of Waterloo, EV3-1408
Location: 200 University Ave W
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
Additional Info: Join us to learn more about the 2018 Hult Prize @ University of Waterloo! The Hult Prize is a social entrepreneurship competition which challenges student teams around the globe to develop sustainable social ventures to address the world's most pressing issues—with a grand prize of $1 million. You can participate by competing in the on-campus Hult Prize @ UWaterloo event, sponsored by the Eyton Directorship of the Conrad Centre. The winning team at this event will represent UWaterloo at the regional semifinals in March. 2018 challenge: Harnessing the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people. Attend the kick-off event to: - Learn more about the Hult Prize and social entrepreneurship; - Get advice from previous Hult Prize competitors; and - Dive into the challenge theme with a guest speaker!

BET 420 Design Thinking Workshop

Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Venue:
Location: N/A

Speed Mentoring Session

Time: 6:00 PM
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Venue: STC Atrium
Location: University of Waterloo
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Additional Info: Join us for a unique speed mentoring experience to prepare for the 2018 Hult Prize Competition. Learn and network with leaders from the six principles dimensions of this year's challenge on energy: health, connectivity, education, agriculture, water and mobility. Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/university-of-waterloo-hult-prize-speed-mentoring-tickets-39211064349

Hult Prize @UWaterloo Semi-Finals

Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Location: N/A

Hult Prize @UWaterloo Finals

Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Venue: STC 1012
Location: University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W
Waterloo, Ontario,
Additional Info: Attend the Hult Prize @ UWaterloo Finals, made possible by the Eyton Directorship of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, to watch the top eight teams pitch their solutions to a panel of judges. The winning team will represent UWaterloo at the Hult Prize Regional Finals in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, Toronto, Mexico City, Quito, Bogota, Melbourne, Lagos, Nairobi, Cairo, Tunis, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Register here: http://bit.ly/2iBpEv9

HULT PRIZE AT BILLBOARD

1

Helwan University

319 teams registered

2

Minya University

282 teams registered

3

American International University-Bangladesh(AIUB)

238 teams registered

4

National University of Sciences and Technology

184 teams registered

5

Sukkur IBA University

181 teams registered

Judges

Jeff Jenner
Jeff Jenner
CEO - Potentia Renewables
Mr. Jenner has founded, built and successfully sold or merged three renewable energy development companies in the past ten years.   From 2009 to 2013 Mr. Jenner founded and was the CEO and Director of Renewable Energy Developers Inc., which was also traded on the TSX under the symbol RDZ. During this time, he led acquisitions aiming to achieve 144 MW of operating assets and 137 MW contracted development prior to a merger with Capstone Infrastructure (TSX:CSE) for ~ $235 Million Enterprise Value. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Jenner was Senior VP and Canadian Country Senior Officer for the largest IPP in the world. Prior to 2007, he was the co-founder, CFO and Secretary of Ventus Energy Inc. before its sale to GDF Suez for ~$200 Million Enterprise Value.   Mr. Jenner has an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and has obtained the Chartered Accountants designation in 1985, as well as the Chartered Business Valuators designation in 1990. He has been on the executive committee for the Canadian Wind Energy Association for three years ended 2014, serving as Vice Chair and Treasurer.
Charity Kabango-Lowe
Charity Kabango-Lowe
Co-Founder - Entrepreneurial Solutions Parners
Charity Kabango is a co-founder and Director of ESPartners. Raised in Canada, Charity has always maintained a connection to her native country of Rwanda. With a background in electrical engineering and international development and public policy she brings a wide range of experiences to the team. In 2006 Charity joined OTF Group with a mandate to support ICT private sector development. As one of Rwanda’s key sectors ICT was in need of a strategy for one of its key initiatives. Her combination of technical background and business acumen gave her just the skills she needed to develop a strategy that would represent the needs of a variety of stakeholders. Her consulting experience extends from leading public sector initiatives like the Kigali ICT Park to advising fortune 500 companies on risk management. In both cases she is recognized for her ability to engage stakeholders and to facilitate the change management process. In 2011 Charity co-founded Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners, a boutique advisory and investment firm focused on enabling entrepreneurs in Africa. ESPartners works directly with entrepreneurs through a range of offerings (incubators, accelerators, business plan competitions, etc.) all while providing targeted strategy consulting services to governments, donor partners and other institutions to enable the ecosystem where entrepreneurs operate. Charity completed her Masters in Engineering and Public Policy with a focus on participatory planning, poverty and the environment. An electrical engineer trained at the University of Western Ontario, Charity also completed a bachelor degree in International Development.
Bernie Li
Bernie Li
Co-Founder - The Pure Energies
Over the past twenty years, Bernie Li has been an entrepreneur, an investor and community builder. Bernie co-founded the residential solar solutions company, The Pure Energies Group.  As part of the Green Energy Act that encouraged renewable energy generation in Ontario, Pure Energies was the leading provider of solar solutions to home owners in the Province.  Pure Energies originated an innovative “free solar” offering that enabled all home owners in Ontario to become active participants of the Green Energy Act, not just those who could afford to do so.  Rick Mercer featured the company on his hit show The Rick Mercer Report, with a surprise appearance by David Suzuki and Mike Holmes.  The Pure Energies Group also provided solar solutions to home owners across thirteen states in the US. ? The Pure Energies Group was acquired by NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) in 2014. ? Bernie has also spent a decade in the venture capital industry.  Most recently he worked with MaRS Discovery District helping to bridge the start-up community in Canada to the community of venture capital investors.  Bernie is on the board of the Centre for Social Innovation, a not-for-profit that builds communities and provides shared workspace for organizations “that put people and planet first.”  Bernie is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Organizing Committee

In a few short years, the Hult Prize has become one of the most prestigious student competitions in existence today, offering teams unparalleled opportunities and resources. With the goal of educating and engaging students at its core, this truly international prize has created a platform to support the launch of social enterprises that are tackling seemingly intractable global challenges.

Pragya Dawadi

Pragya Dawadi

Campus Director

Le-Tien Duong

Le-Tien Duong

Hult Prize @UW Core Team

Prabhjot Sangha

Prabhjot Sangha

Hult Prize @UW Core Team

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UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO REGISTRATION FORM

REGISTRATION AND VIDEO PITCH DEADLINE: 11:59PM ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017. Check facebook.com/hultatuwaterloo/ for video pitch, semi-finals and finals pitch details!

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