As a venture that is tailored to meet the needs and interests of college students, to be included in and recognized by this exceptional group of student entrepreneurs and future leaders is truly a great honor.
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 29, 2010
Intelius - a leading information commerce company that empowers consumers and businesses with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security - today announces the five winners of the Intelius Entrepreneurship Awards, which recognize exceptional student-founded companies in the following categories: international, marketing, social impact, sustainability, and technology. The winning companies were recognized by Intelius Founder and CEO Naveen Jain during a special cocktail reception at the Kairos Global Summit at The Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City on April 17.
"Today's young entrepreneurs will be some of tomorrow's most successful leaders, which is why Intelius is proud to select these five remarkable student-run companies," said Naveen Jain, CEO of Intelius. "The Intelius Entrepreneurship Awards spotlight outstanding student entrepreneurs whose ideas, innovation and passion will drive the global economy forward and establish new standards in corporate social responsibility."
In its second year, the Kairos Society - an international student-run not-for-profit foundation that seeks to improve the world by uniting the next generation of leaders to develop globally impactful innovations - hosts a Global Summit, bringing together more than 500 of its top members alongside some of the world's most influential leaders, including Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation; Bruce Mosler, Co-Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield; Peter Diamandis, Founder and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation; Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange; Pattie Sellers, Editor-at-large of Fortune Magazine; Alan Webber, Founder of Fast Company; Ellen Kullman, Chairman and CEO of Dupont and more. The Global Summit opens up discussion of the issues facing the world and the emerging opportunities for Kairos students to make a difference. Intelius Entrepreneurship Award winners were selected from the 100 startups that were showcased at this year's Kairos Global Summit.
"Each of the five companies that Intelius has selected as award winners this year represent the best of what Kairos stands for," said Ankur Jain, president of the Kairos Society. "They have identified a challenge, developed an innovative solution, and turned it into a sustainable company that will make an impact for years to come."
Startups were judged based on innovation, creativity, marketability, and scalability. The category winners announced at the Summit will be featured at the upcoming Churchill Club's Young Entrepreneur Panel in Palo Alto on May 24th.
This year's Intelius Entrepreneurship Award winners hail from top universities around the world and include:
- Leonar3Do (Intelius International Entrepreneurship Award): Leonar3Do was developed by Hungarian students Dániel Rátai and Zoltán Kárpáti, and turns an ordinary PC into a 3D virtual reality system that can be easily accessible by anyone, allowing the user to create his or her own virtual world in the space in front of the monitor. With Leonar3do, users can draw in space, create models and patterns, invent toys, make and play games, build structures out of predefined shapes, and much more, all carried out in a way that earlier could only be dreamed of in a science-fiction world.
"We are so honored to be selected for the Intelius International Entrepreneurship Award out of the ten countries represented at the 2010 Summit," said Daniel Rataj. "At this point in our business this award is critical for global exposure and making influential contacts that can help drive Leonar3Do forward."
- GoodCrush (Intelius Marketing Entrepreneurship Award): Developed by Josh Weinstein from Princeton and Trevor Owens from NYU, GoodCrush is an on-campus dating site that offers a variety of features including the "CrushFinder" anonymous matching, as well as missed connections with double-blind messaging. GoodCrush eliminates potential awkwardness and shyness from romantic interactions by offering simple, fun, and exciting ways for users to turn a crush into a GoodCrush - a match.
"It's incredibly exciting for us to be awarded the Intelius award in the Marketing category at the 2010 Kairos Society Summit," said Josh Weinstein, GoodCrush founder. "As a venture that is tailored to meet the needs and interests of college students, to be included in and recognized by this exceptional group of student entrepreneurs and future leaders is truly a great honor."
- Givology (Intelius Social Entrepreneurship Award): Launched by University of Pennsylvania students Joyce Meng; Jennifer Chen; Xiang Li; and Carl Mackey, Givology is an online giving marketplace that leverages the internet to pool microdonations that collectively go toward supporting education projects in the developing world. Through donor message functions, open blogging, and frequent student updates, Givology democratizes philanthropy by introducing choice, transparency, and information sharing in education philanthropy. Givology prides itself on partnering with highly localized and innovative organizations that do transformational work in the community to assist students in need.
"Our organization's success is completely dependent on awareness - this award recognizing us as a leader in the non-profit sector puts a spotlight on the work we are doing and gives us the visibility we openly welcome," said Catherine Gao, Givology's Chief Development Officer. "We are honored to have been chosen as Intelius Social Impact Entrepreneurship Award, and hope to leverage this achievement as we continue to make significant contributions that tackle some of the biggest global challenges we face today."
- PowerFlower Solar (Intelius Sustainability Entrepreneurship Award): PowerFlower Solar was founded by Jason Halpern of the University of Pennsylvania and Patrick Murphy of New York University to design and manufacture solar devices for deployment on agricultural land. The company's first product, the PowerFlower, allows farmers to cultivate electricity in the same way that they grow fruits and vegetables. Simply install the PowerFlower in an area of direct sunlight and the unique solar panel configuration uses direct sunlight to produce usable energy.
"At PowerFlower Solar we're developing portable, durable, solar generators for farms and the military. One the hardest parts about getting a project like this going in college is getting the word out and getting in touch with the right people, the Intelius Sustainability Entrepreneurship Award brings attention to PowerFlower and invaluable access to fellow students, industry contacts, and potential investors," said Jason Halpern, PowerFlower Founder.
- BPG Motors (Intelius Technology Entrepreneurship Award): After witnessing the pollution in China, MIT student Ben Gulak founded eco-friendly transportation company BPG Motors and created a practical, non-polluting vehicle with style. The Uno utilizes gyroscopic control systems to remain balanced while in Uno mode, while maintaining conventional motorcycle steering and handling providing a truly unique riding experience.
"BPG Motors is proud to continue the MIT legacy by receiving the Intelius Technology Entrepreneurship Award at this year's Kairos Summit," said Ben Gulak, BPG Motors Chairman and Founder. "I'm proud to join Shakeel Avadhany, CEO Levant Power and MIT Class '09 who won last year's Energy Entrepreneur award for MIT. The recognition at the Summit and now the opportunity to participate in the Churchill Club panel is outstanding."
For more information about Intelius, please visit http://www.intelius.com.
A pioneer in the world of information commerce, Intelius (http://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.
ABOUT THE KAIROS SOCIETY
The Kairos Society is a student-led and operated non-profit organization designed to foster entrepreneurism among college students. The organization fosters global entrepreneurship and innovation by uniting the brightest undergraduates from around the world, the most recognized entrepreneurial firms and the most passionate mentors, who themselves are international economic executives, collaborating to ensure a fruitful global economy and international relationships. 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: http://www.kairossociety.com.