More Than 400 Collegiate Entrepreneurs and 150 World Leaders Coalesce At Kairos Global Summit in New York City To Solve The World’s Largest Problems

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Kairos Society Will Honor Year’s 50 Most Groundbreaking Innovations Launched By College Students

The 2012 Kairos Global Summit is set to kick off in New York City with 400 of the world’s leading college entrepreneurs and 150 world leaders working together to launch successful businesses and solve significant global challenges. The private event on February 3 and 4 will empower the most innovative and entrepreneurial students from around the world by giving each of them the opportunity to meet and interact with game-changing leaders in business, politics, science, non-profits and the media. The two-day event will focus on creating innovations and business models that address key global issues, including clean water, the global financial crisis, energy consumption, natural disasters, personalized medicine and healthcare and diplomacy. The event will also mark the first “Kairos 50,” a new honor the Kairos Society will bestow on the most impressive companies founded by college students.

“Our world faces significant, complex challenges and the Kairos Society is committed to helping solve them by bringing together the world’s most talented, young entrepreneurs with today’s business leaders to stimulate new thinking and innovative business models,” said Ankur Jain, chairman and founder, Kairos Society. “By reaching across disciplines, cultures and generations – gaps that often stifle transformative innovation – the Kairos Global Summit continues to foster private sector endeavors aimed at improving the world at large.”

At this year’s event, the Kairos Society will honor the first “Kairos 50,” an esteemed group of the most innovative ventures coming out of undergraduate universities. Each of the 50 companies will be honored for its achievements in clean water, healthcare, education and energy. The 50 selected Kairos Fellows will also have an opportunity to showcase their innovations on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Hosted in partnership with the United Nations and the New York Stock Exchange, the 2012 Kairos Global Summit will feature intimate breakout sessions with world leaders and young entrepreneurs. Throughout the event, veteran and emerging leaders will work together in a vibrant and collaborative environment to identify innovative private sector solutions that can be developed to address specific needs on a global basis. The Kairos Society has helped young entrepreneurs launch and grow more than 100 companies over the past three years.

The Kairos Society surveyed world leaders and asked them to identify problem spaces that should be addressed by the next generation of entrepreneurs. Attendees at this year’s event will each focus on one of those specific challenges, including trash and waste; mining and extraction technologies for oil and natural gas; personalized medicine and healthcare; natural disasters; energy consumption; transportation; personalized education; diplomacy through entrepreneurship; clean water; the global financial crisis; and water and conflict.

This year’s Kairos mentors include, among others, George Whitesides, CEO Virgin Galactic; Sander van ‘t Noordende, group CEO, Accenture Management Consulting; Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE; Jack Devine, former Acting Director of the CIA; and Richard Wurman, founder, TED conferences.

The 2012 Kairos Global Summit kicks off on the morning of February 3 at the New York Academy of Medicine. The summit will also take place at the New York Marriott Downtown and the New York Stock Exchange. Select attendees will also be treated to a VIP dinner at the New York Institute of Technology’s de Seversky Mansion on February 3 and the Kairos 50 Brunch at Forbes Media on February 5.

The Kairos Society is an international, student-run, not-for-profit foundation that fosters a culture of innovation-driven entrepreneurialism by engaging in a variety of global challenges. With a diverse group of 750 Global Fellows from more than 20 countries, Kairos represents the most enterprising and innovative students from top universities around the world. The Kairos Society strives to develop meaningful ventures that create value for the global economy while improving the lives of billions of people. The Kairos Society’s mission of solving the world’s greatest challenges through entrepreneurship has rallied the support of hundreds of global leaders, including Miguel Forbes, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer, Priceline co-founder Jeff Hoffman, former Boeing CEO Phil Condit, DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation founder Bill Gates, Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme and Mark Rockefeller. Ankur Jain founded the Kairos Society while a freshman at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. The current president of the Kairos Society is Victoria Schramm. For more about the Kairos Society, its mission and activities, visit


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