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April 24, 2015

BME undergrad Miguel Dias wins at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

Jenniver ElisseeffBiomedical engineering undergraduate Miguel Dias ’17, and Johns Hopkins engineering students Samantha (Yu) Wang ’17 and Yadel Okorie ’17 have been selected as winners of the 2015 Social Venture Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference for their project Bright Energy Africa — a social enterprise that works to convert agricultural waste into smokeless fuel briquettes. The Social Venture Challenge is an international business plan-style competition, designed to inspire students to develop solutions to pressing social issues around the world. This year the competition received close to 200 applications.

The Johns Hopkins team received the highest amount of funding, and is now part of the selective Resolution Fellowship program that provides ongoing mentorship with industry leaders, pro-bono support, and access to a network of over 600 social entrepreneurs. Learn more