Three Clark School Students Win Top Prize in the Hult@UMD Competition
Out of 27 teams who registered and 10 teams that pitched at the event, the winner was Hydraze, a startup with a patent-pending solution that prevents auto-flushing toilets from generating “phantom flushes.” This innovation would save 27 million gallons in water per year at University of Maryland alone, and has the potential to serve a $4 billion market of commercial buildings nationwide.
Co-founded by three seniors, mechanical engineering major Charles Grody ’20, computer engineering major Jack Sturtevant ’20 and aerospace engineering major Tuvia Rappaport ’20, Hydraze received a grant from the UMD sustainability fund to do a pilot installation of their product at The Clarice Performing Arts Center.
The Hult Prize asks participants to explore ideas that answer a specific social challenge. This year’s challenge was to build a startup that has a positive impact on our planet with every dollar earned. Winners of Hult@UMD advance to a regional round to compete for a spot in the summer accelerator and ultimately an opportunity to pitch to the United Nations for the grand prize of $1 million to fund their idea.
The Hydraze team won the 2019 Do Good Challenge and will also compete in the 2020 Pitch Dingman Competition Finals. As the Hult@UMD winners, the Dingman Center will provide them with a travel stipend and advising resources for the regional Hult Prize competition.
Published December 19, 2019