Strategic Foresight & Innovation students, “Team Fleet” ranked #1 for @Hultprize quarterfinal round

“Our team is comprised of an urban planner, a management consultant, and a multidisciplinary designer. With these diverse backgrounds and individual experiences, our thought processes vary from team member to team member. We each have a different way to approach problems and communicate our ideas, yet these differences will fuel our creative reserves as we embark on this ambitious path.” - Rachna Kumar, Team Captain
Bo Siu (top left) is a first year Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes student and they spearheaded the program as selected campus director since November. Honourable mention goes to Jananda Lima, Tara Campbell, Ariana Lutterman, and Milena Tasic (standing in the top row, starting fourth from the left side) as runner-up Team Unwaste

Bo Siu (top left) is a first year Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes student and they spearheaded the program as selected campus director since November. Honourable mention goes to Jananda Lima, Tara Campbell, Ariana Lutterman, and Milena Tasic (standing in the top row, starting fourth from the left side) as runner-up Team Unwaste

The Hult Prize Foundation is the largest crowdsourcing platform and startup accelerator for emerging social entrepreneurs from universities around the globe. The annual Hult Prize competition aims to build and launch the most captivating social business solution for the most challenging problem impacting billions every day.

A group of changemakers from the Strategic Foresight and Innovation  MDes program participated in a quarterfinal round of the Hult Prize competition at OCAD University on December 9, 2017. Four core teams successfully pitched a scalable, sustainable, human-centered design solution to address the challenge of harnessesing the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025.

Congratulations to Team Fleet for ranking #1! Rachna Kumar, Lucy Gao, and Juan-Carlos Sandoval can pursue the opportunity to fast-track to a regional semi-final round and join the top 50 finalists world-wide by next March. The United Nations Headquarters host the 2018 Global Finals in September to award a winning team with 1 Million USD in seed capital plus mentorship from a renowned business network.

Team Fleet was placed at the top by an esteemed panel of judges and benefactors; Anna Dewar Gully is Founder and Chief Strategist of Women Strategy, Giovanni Marsico is Founder and President of Archangel Academy, and Katherine Roos is Founder and Executive Director of The Imagination Catalyst. Panel members had a special presence as social innovators with progressive values, significant entrepreneurship and scaling credentials.

The Hult Prize Quarterfinal Competition at OCAD University is an extracurricular non-profit student-led social entrepreneurship program. See more on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Krystle Merrow

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