Beyond expectations: CataLight shines at worlds largest and richest student startup competition

CataLight, a University of Waterloo social impact startup shone brightly at the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) competing head-to-head with students from the world’s top schools like MIT, Notre Dame, Penn State and Northwestern. After three days of competition, Co-founders Ashley Keefner, Ph.D., MBET and Kevin Dang, MBET advanced to the Final Round as one of only two Canadian teams competing, defeating 35 teams in the process.

Catching up with water startup, CataLight

Three University of Waterloo Engineering students from the Conrad Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program embarked on a mission in 2018, to help provide safe drinking water to those who need it most. After successfully securing funds from different pitch competitions, Ashley Keefner, Kevin Dang and Vishal Vinod formed CataLight -- a company that is developing a more effective filter that removes contaminants from drinking water for families in developing communities."...

Inventive startups win $130,000 at Velocity Fund Finals

As Velocity culminates its tenth year igniting the entrepreneurial spirit, a diverse range of new startup stories were front and centre at the 23rd Velocity Fund Finals. Twenty startups pitched their ventures to a crowd of spectators for a chance to win a share of $130,000 in funding...

Student startup wants to bring clean water to those who need it most

Three University of Waterloo Engineering students from the Conrad Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program decided to tackle this global problem head-on and develop a social venture with a mission to make safe drinking water accessible for people in developing communities, by providing effective, simple, and low-cost point-of-use water treatment to those who need it most.

CataLight’s water treatment solution wins the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo

CataLight was awarded first place at the University of Waterloo's World's Challenge Challenge, going on to take home the silver medal at the International World's Challenge Challenge in London with their solution to Global Goal #6: access to clean water and sanitation for all. CataLight recently started working out of the Velocity Science discovery lab on-campus at the University of Waterloo to develop the science behind their water treatment technology.

Students pitch social enterprises to harness the power of energy for 10 million people in the Hult Prize UWaterloo Finals

On November 29, the Conrad Centre hosted the Hult Prize @ UWaterloo Finals, a cross-campus social entrepreneurship competition which challenged students to develop social enterprises that harness the power of energy for 10 million people. The winning team, CataLight, will go on to represent the University of Waterloo at the Melbourne World Regional Finals.