The Record - Restoring Dignity Requires an Ecosystem
Paul Heidebrecht, Director of Kindred Credit Union for Peace Advancement, discusses EPOCH in his opinion piece for The Record on World Refugee Day. "What I find particularly inspiring is the way Jade, Keith, and Lisa are developing their idea by connecting and collaborating with the many groups and individuals seeking to integrate, and elevate the dignity of, refugees in our community. They have been eager to learn from the expertise and experience of countless leaders and doers in that sector, as well as from refugees themselves. They have also leveraged expertise from our region's dynamic tech sector. Everywhere they have turned, they have found people eager to help."
BetaKit - University of Waterloo Announces Four $25,000 Winners of Velocity Fund Finals
TThe University of Waterloo’s latest Velocity Fund Finals had at least four startups win big.
The competition had 10 startups pitching to a panel of judges including Seth Bannon, founding partner of Fifty Years; Dianne Carmichael, chief advisor of health tech at the Council of Canadian Innovators; Eric Migicovsky, Pebble founder and visiting partner at Y Combinator; and Tomi Poutanen, co-CEO of Layer 6 AI.
Good Money - The $1 Million “Nobel Prize” for Social Entrepreneurship Now Dedicated To Refugees
“Everyone has skills they can deliver,” says team member Jade Choy, “They don’t have the opportunity to do so because they’re kind of afraid of what’s out there.” Epoch hopes to remove the bottleneck between refugees and the skills they need to integrate.
University of Waterloo Velocity - EPOCH wins Hult Prize LondonRegional Finals, moves on to Global Finals for a chance at $1 million
The team travelled to London, England this past weekend to compete in one of the five regional competitions. Out of the 62 teams who pitched, EPOCH came out on top! As they walked to the stage, the crowd started to chant “Canada! Canada! Canada!” Regional competitions taking place in Shanghai and Dubai had already chosen their winners and they were also Canadian teams from York University and the University of Calgary.
Fast Company - One of These 5 Student Ideas for Refugee Tech Will Win A $1M Prize
"EPOCH, the team from the University of Waterloo, emphasizes resources already at hand in refugee communities: people’s skills. Its proposed time-banking platform is a “reciprocal service exchange” where refugees offer skills as a currency for goods they need."
CBC News - Waterloo Startup Epoch to help newcomers to Canada use their skills
That's when I [realized] it's beyond the refugee crisis," she told The Morning Edition's Colin Butler on Wednesday. "It's kind of a humanitarian crisis, a call to action for everyone to help out."
The Record - New social startup trying to help smooth transition for refugees
“Refugees are from all over the scale including from the middle class and professionals with skills. Their biggest problem is integration, and they don’t have the ability to apply their skills to their new country...” — Keith Choy, co-founder of Epoch