I'm delighted to support these inspiring young business men and women and to host this panel which will provide insight into how these aspiring entrepreneurs will become tomorrow's successful business leaders.
Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) May 18, 2010
As college seniors across the country prepare to graduate and take on the world, five student entrepreneurs are already making their mark in a major way. Naveen Jain, Founder and CEO of Intelius - a leading information commerce company that empowers consumers and businesses with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security - joins the five Intelius Student Entrepreneurship Award winners for a special Churchill Club "Leaders of Tomorrow: Student Entrepreneurship" panel and media event on May 24, at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus.
"Young entrepreneurs are behind some of today's most successful companies, effectively leveraging emerging technology and playing a critical role in driving it forward," said Naveen Jain. "These kids aren't just talking about changing the world; they're actually doing it by creating groundbreaking, socially responsible companies."
The Intelius Entrepreneurship Awards recognize exceptional college student-founded companies in the following categories: social impact, technology, marketing, international, and sustainability. The student winners were selected from among 100 startups featured at the second annual Kairos Society Global Summit held at the New York Stock Exchange in April. The award recipients will showcase companies and discuss their views of the world and their vision for the future during a panel hosted by Fortune magazine Editor at Large, Pattie Sellers.
"This panel brings together five exceptional student entrepreneurs for a valuable look at the future of business and corporate responsibility," said Sellers. "I'm delighted to support these inspiring young business men and women and to host this panel which will provide insight into how these aspiring entrepreneurs will become tomorrow's successful business leaders."
The Churchill Club is an internationally-respected independent business and technology forum in Silicon Valley where thought leaders, global business executives, innovators, and senior political leaders meet to discuss and debate, inform and educate, forecast and evaluate.
This year's winning companies and featured students include:
- Leonar3Do (Intelius International Entrepreneurship Award): Hungarian student and co-founder Dániel Rátai will discuss how Leonar3Do 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.
- Givology (Intelius Social Entrepreneurship Award): Catherine Gao will present Givology, 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.
- PowerFlower Solar (Intelius Sustainability Entrepreneurship Award): PowerFlower Solar co-founder Jason Halpern of the University of Pennsylvania will feature the company's first product, the PowerFlower, which 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.
- 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.
- GoodCrush (Intelius Marketing Entrepreneurship Award): Princeton student Josh Weinstein will present GoodCrush, 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.
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 Churchill Club
The Churchill Club is an internationally-respected independent business and technology forum located in Silicon Valley, where CEOs, thought leaders, global business executives, innovators, and senior political leaders meet to discuss and debate, inform and educate, forecast and evaluate. Founded in 1985, the Club is known for its smart, provocative programs on leadership and innovation. Its 6,500 individual and corporate members include decision-makers from market-leading companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and executives from the service and public sectors.
Recent speakers include Aneesh Chopra, CTO, United States; Michael Dell, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Dell; Larry Ellison, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Oracle; Jim Goodnight, Chairman & CEO, SAS; Olli Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia; Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures; Elon Musk, Chairman & CEO, Tesla; Ray Ozzie, CTO, Microsoft; Evan Williams, CEO, Twitter.
Speakers to the Club in past years have included CEOs of major technology companies such as AT&T (Randall Stephenson), Microsoft (both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer), Cisco Systems (John Chambers), Intel (Bob Noyce, Gordon Moore, Andy Grove, Craig Barrett and Paul Otellini) as well as prominent venture capitalists such as John Doerr, Roger McNamee, Michael Moritz, and many more. Further information about the Churchill Club, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, can be found at http://www.churchillclub.org.