2017 WCC Top Three Teams

First Place

Community REcovery Achieved Through Entrepreneurism (CREATE)


Team CREATE Kenya presented a plan for launching a second phase of their 18-month social innovation platform that facilitates the development of meaningful employment through social businesses in low and middle-income countries. CREATE pairs viable businesses (social-entrepreneurial innovation) with necessary psychosocial rehabilitation and community supports (advocacy incubation) so that individuals living with serious mental illness can gain employment and lead full and meaningful lives, while also becoming advocates for their community.

Team CREATE’s goal is to grow the program and continue building on initial success to diversify employment opportunities and foster advocacy and community leadership competencies.

Team members

  • Michelle Quaye

  • Richelle Bird

  • Robyn Masters

Second Place

Activated Wetlands

Team Activated Wetlands presented their vision to develop a program that offers resources to small communities - particularly those in water-stressed regions of the world - to set up decentralized wastewater treatment facilities to simplify their current treatment process and combine it with a wetland ecosystem. Their prototype combines an activated sludge process with the water filtration properties of wetlands into a system they call an Activated Wetland.

With most of the materials needed to create an Activated Wetland commonly found, their goal is to use local labour and for Activated Wetlands to be low-maintenance, yet effective. The wetland microsystem will be self-sustaining, with microorganisms from the first wastewater batch used to seed later batches. Following the process of creating the settling pond, locals will also be able to use its nutrient-rich sludge as fertilizer.

Team members

  • Ted Zavitz

  • Dennis He

  • Adele Jackson

Third Place

Milky Way

Milky Way is a breast milk subscription business focused on enabling sustainable nutrition in First Nations communities in Canada, a demographic that often has limited access to formal employment and may be living under the poverty line. With infants in Ontario First Nations reserves facing a poverty rate of upwards of 60%, Milky Way plans to start locally, but aims to grow to provide processed milk to infants around the world by forging strategic partnerships with NGOs and Non-Profits already on the field engaged in relief work.

Member organizations who sponsor families will sign on for a 6-month subscription period per infant with Milky Way aiming to supply approximately 1300 kids for each period. Improving infants’ nutrition in this population will have an immense impact in a number of areas, including reducing ear infections by 11%, gastrointestinal infections by 41%, hospitalizations for lower respiratory tract infections by 26% and SIDS by 25%.

Team members

  • Michelle Gao

  • Linda Bao

  • Pranavi Cheemarku