Commerce team in regional finals for $1M social entrepreneurship prize

Posted on January 27, 2015

Clockwise from top, Hao Chen Sang, Steeve Vakeeswaran, Jessica Peters, Gregory Fedele
Clockwise from top, Hao Chen Sang, Steeve Vakeeswaran, Jessica Peters, Gregory Fedele

Kingston, ON — Jan. 27, 2015 - A team of four second-year Commerce students has reached the regional finals in the international Hult Prize competition. The QSB team, comprised of Steeve Vakeeswaran, Jessica Peters, Gregory Fedele and Hao Chen Sang, is seeking sponsors to help offset the costs of competing in the regional finals in Boston in March. All four are high achievers: Jessica is a QSB Centre for Social Impact Student Ambassador; Gregory is the founder of Kicks for Charity; Hao Chen has given a Tedx Talk keynote address; and Steeve is the founder of CanYouth, an online platform for youth expression.

The Hult Prize is billed as the world’s largest annual student competition designed to solve the world’s toughest challenges. Winners receive US$1-million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

The subject of the 2015 Hult Prize challenge is “Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and Beyond.”  The topic was chosen by President Bill Clinton, who selects the topic each year and hosts the Hult Prize global finals at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York, every September.


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