McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Jesse Pearlstein


Associate, Investment Banking, BMO Capital Markets & 2013 Hult Prize Winner

2013 Hult Team (Aspire)

In 2012, Aspire (Mohammed Ashour, Gabriel Mott, MBA’14, Jesse Pearlstein, MBA’14, Zev Thompson, MBA’14, and Shobhita Soor, MBA’15) first came together as 5 MBA students from McGill University who entered the world’s largest and most prestigious social enterprise competition - the 2013 Hult Prize.

Over the course of 11 months and 3 rounds of competition, they developed a winning idea to address food security in the world’s urban slums: insect farming. They travelled the globe to understand the challenges of food and nutrition security and to learn the best practices in insect rearing from places such as Thailand and Mexico, collaborating with leading experts and academics on entomophagy in order to find market solutions to address the dietary limitations of food insecure populations.

Today, Aspire has a presence in four countries in the world, having touched the lives of thousands of people in Ghana, Mexico, and the United States by building a sustainable multinational corporation whose core values are defined by their social mission. Edible insects are the future of food and they could not be more excited to be on the forefront of a revolution.

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