Nov. 14, 2018
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University student Hillary Scanlon, who is legally blind, won first place at the MEDAx conference pitch competition in Indianapolis, Indiana Nov. 10 for her floor-tile product that helps make recycling accessible to those with vision loss. The competition awards $5,000 to an early-stage social entrepreneur or community innovator whose business aligns with MEDA’s values of sustainability, scalability, innovation
When Scanlon found she could not differentiate between garbage and recycling receptacles on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, she took steps to make sustainability inclusive for all students by developing thin, rubber floor tiles that lay in front of garbage, recycling
Scanlon’s success at MEDAx, which draws an international audience and multiple competitors, illustrates Laurier’s leadership in social entrepreneurial programming.
“Laurier’s social entrepreneurial students have made a tremendous impact at Laurier, in their home communities and beyond,” said Edmund Pries, Laurier professor
Laurier social entrepreneurship students Perri Termine and Kamil Ahmed also attended the pitch competition with Scanlon and Pries. To date, Scanlon has secured more than $40,000 to fund her venture. She is also Laurier’s first-ever Student Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Wilfrid Laurier University is the first Canadian university to offer undergraduate social entrepreneurship programming grounded in the liberal arts. The Social Entrepreneurship Option builds on arts-related strengths while incorporating the element of entrepreneurship to create innovative, self-sustaining solutions to the world’s most intractable problems.
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