New York, NY (PRESS RELEASE – April 16, 2010) — The Kairos Society, a student-led and -operated international non-profit organization designed to unite college students in tackling global issues through entrepreneurship, will host the on Second Annual Kairos Global Summit April 16 and 17 at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The Summit will highlight how the next generation of economic leaders can bridge social and economic barriers, both within the US and abroad, to drive collaboration and economic growth. The two-day event will showcase the top 100 collegiate companies in green tech, alternative energy, health and sciences and philanthropy on the floor of the NYSE, with breakout sessions led by many of the world’s most distinguished business leaders, discussing international issues while fostering entrepreneurship.
More than 500 of some of the world’s brightest student entrepreneurs from more than ten countries including the US, China, India and the UK will gather with more than 100 executives to discuss global issues such as “Diplomacy through Entrepreneurship,” “Understanding Global Entrepreneurship & Leadership,” and “Women’s Leadership.”
The Kairos Society was founded by 20-year-old Wharton student Ankur Jain, who started Kairos as a means to break pre-existing bounds confining collegiate entrepreneurship within university communities. Since its inception, the Kairos motto of “doing well by doing good” has rallied the support of global dignitaries such as former President William Clinton and William Gates Senior.
“The Kairos Society has helped spur an exciting new movement where young entrepreneurs from around the world are coming together to start companies with a social cause, core to their mission,” said Ankur Jain. “They are finding that by working together, they can tackle significant issues, previously left to governments and non-profits, through profitable and sustainable ventures.”
“The Kairos Society provides useful insight and access to the world’s future economic and international leaders. In times of economic recovery, it is important to build cross-generational relationships and provide insight from experienced business leaders to the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators who will develop the products and services of the future,” said Carl J. Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation.
Participants include Duncan Niederauer (CEO, NYSE Euronext), Ray Kurzweil (Inventor), Bill White (President, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Fallen Heroes Fund), Admiral William Owens (Former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff), Nolan Bushnell (Founder, Atari), Ellen Kullman (CEO, DuPont), Naveen Jain (CEO, Intelius), Peter Diamandis (Founder, X-Prize Foundation), Carl J. Schramm (President, Kauffman Foundation), Scott Mednick (Producer, “300,” “Where the Wild Things Are”), Bruce Mosler (CEO, Cushman and Wakefield), Alan Webber (Founder, Fast Company) and Maria Bartiromo (Anchor, CNBC).
An event will also be held both evenings at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, featuring keynote addresses and the presentation of Kairos Global Impact awards to six of the world’s most influential and distinguished business leaders across a wide variety of industries, including Schramm, Kurzweil (via video), Mosler, Bushnell, Owens, and Diamandis. Intelius, a leading online information services company, will present Entrepreneurship Awards recognizing the most innovative and cutting-edge student companies in the world, who will be featured at an exclusive Churchill Club spring panel on Young Entrepreneurship. In addition, China-based Alibaba.com, the global leader in e-commerce for small businesses, will launch the Alibaba.com Entrepreneur Abroad Program, exclusively for Kairos Society members, that will teach students first-hand how to build their own businesses using international sourcing.
“Intelius is committed to nurturing Kairos Society’s new generation of passionate, innovative entrepreneurs. We believe that the young entrepreneurs brought together by Kairos Society ultimately will have the ability to improve the global economy, by developing the growth opportunities that ultimately provide the improved products, services and technologies that will make the world community a better place to live.” said Naveen Jain.
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5:20 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Event – Honoring the World’s Most Impactful Leaders (1)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
NYSE: Event – Unveiling of the 100 Most Innovative Student Ventures
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
NYSE: Event – Breakout Sessions, including Diplomacy Through Entrepreneurship, The Future of Energy, Understanding Global Entrepreneurship & Leadership and Reviving Capitalism and Giving Back
5:20 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Event – Honoring the World’s Most Impactful Leaders (2), Intelius Awards to top 4 outstanding student businesses
ABOUT THE KAIROS SOCIETY
The Kairos Society is a student-led and operated non-profit organization that fosters global entrepreneurism and economic innovation among college students by uniting the brightest undergraduates from around the world, the most recognized entrepreneurial firms and the most passionate mentors from the public and private sectors. Kairos chapters include the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Stanford, Tufts, Duke, MIT, Emory, Furman, USC, Columbia, NYU and many more, with students from nine countries including China, Israel and the UK. For more information, please visit: www.kairossociety.com.
A pioneer in the world of information commerce, Intelius (www.intelius.com) is a technological powerhouse whose services range from basic people search to comprehensive background checks for consumers and FCRA compliant employment background screens. The company also offers an award-winning identity theft protection service (IDProtect). Founded in January 2003, the company has served over 10 million customers and has just over 300 employees. Intelius has been ranked by Inc. magazine and Deloitte & Touche as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies. Intelius has been voted as one of the best places to work by CEO magazine and Puget Sound Business Journal, based on the interviews with its employees. Intelius was also ranked as a top employment screening provider in surveys conducted by industry publications, HRO Today and Workforce Management magazine.
Alibaba.com is the global leader in e-commerce for small businesses and the flagship company of Alibaba Group. Founded in 1999, Alibaba.com makes it easy for millions of buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online through three marketplaces: a global trade marketplace (www.alibaba.com) for importers and exporters, a Chinese marketplace (www.alibaba.com.cn) for domestic trade in China, and, through an associated company, a Japanese marketplace (www.alibaba.co.jp) facilitating trade to and from Japan. Together, its marketplaces form a community of more than 47 million registered users from more than 240 countries and regions. Alibaba.com also offers business management software and Internet infrastructure services targeting small businesses across China and, through Ali-Institute, incubates e-commerce talent for Chinese small businesses. Founded in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba.com has offices in more than 60 cities across Greater China, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States.