Ann Makosinski: UBC student wins $50K grant for eDrink invention
Ann Makosinski: UBC student wins $50K grant for eDrink invention

Ann Makosinski: UBC student wins $50K grant for eDrink invention

An 18-year-old first year student at the University of British Columbia, who previously appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, has won a $50,000 grant for her invention of a coffee mug that charges cell phones and other devices.

Makosinski is already known for another invention called the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand.

The St. Michaels University School alumna is now working on plans for her latest invention, the eDrink — a mobile phone-charging travel mug for which she won the grant.

“I now have a real opportunity to seek out partners to further the development of my product design and bring my technology to market,” Makosinki said in a statement.

The Quest Climate Grant is awarded to seven entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, working on a total of six projects. Each project received a grant of $50,000.

Other winners included: Michael Nemeth of Saskatoon for his company Bright Buildings, which is creating an affordable cohabitation housing project, and Hop Compost of Calgary, a firm that collects food waste from select Calgary and Vancouver restaurants and transforms it into a high-nutrient organic fertilizer alternative.

Solar for Life, a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide access to clean and affordable energy to developing communities, and Ungalli Clothing, which uses ethical and sustainable materials, were also among this year’s recipients.


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