Kairos Society Reveals This Year’s Kairos 50; Young Entrepreneurs Uniting with Global Leaders to Showcase Solutions to Real World Problems

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100 Business Mentors, Including Experts from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Sprint, Cisco and GE to Collaborate with Young Visionaries at Kairos Global Summit, October 17-19, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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The Kairos Global Summit is not about pitching ideas, it’s a platform for innovators to collaborate with global mentors with the goal of bringing their game changing solutions to market.

Kairos Society, a global community connecting young entrepreneurs to industry leaders to help bring innovations to market, will host its sixth annual Kairos Global Summit at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, October 17-19.

During this invite-only event, the Kairos 50, representing the next generation of business leaders making breakthroughs in the areas of robotics, mobile, cleantech, and healthcare, to name a few, will bring their cutting-edge innovations before a diverse group of global investors, industry mentors and corporate leaders.

“We know that all great medical breakthroughs start with the spark of an idea, a spark that can start anywhere, which is why we believe in supporting and inspiring the next generation of great scientific minds through our sponsorship of the Kairos Global Summit,” said Diego Miralles, M.D., Global Head, Innovation, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. “It is important to provide young entrepreneurs with the resources and guidance they need to execute on their ideas, particularly in an industry that can be difficult to navigate.”

This year a group of over 100 mentors will attend the event, including Lynn Tilton (CEO, Patriarch Partners), Adam Cheyer (Founder, Siri), Mark Dybul (Executive Director, Global Fund), and Richard Rosenblatt (Chairman and CEO, Demand Media).

Attendees of the Global Summit will learn what the next generation is developing and form partnerships to bring their products and services to a global scale. This year, Kairos Society is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Sprint, Cisco, and GE to showcase solutions to the unmet needs in personal healthcare, mobile data, the Internet of Everything, and robotics.

The Kairos 50 (complete list below) include disruptive new technologies from dirt-powered batteries, to crowd-sourced portable air quality monitors, to artificial intelligence for Fortune 500 companies, to glucose-monitoring contact lenses, to a virtual reality travel companion.

This year over 1,000 early stage ventures, from over 43 countries and 100 top universities applied for the opportunity to collaborate with today’s leading corporations. Since the 2013 Global Summit, Kairos Fellows have raised over $43M in funding, six companies have been acquired, and 22 have joined top accelerators to move big ideas forward.

“The Kairos Global Summit is a once-a-year forum that showcases the brilliant ideas that young entrepreneurs are conceptualizing and developing to solve some of our world’s greatest challenges,” said Alex Fiance, President and CEO of Kairos Society. “The Summit is not about pitching ideas, it’s a platform for innovators to collaborate with global mentors with the goal of bringing their game changing solutions to market.”

“Kairos has helped us make connections that resulted in real business; over fifty percent of our sales to date have come through relationships formed through Kairos or at Kairos events,” says Daniel Rudyak, Co-founder of Cortex Composites. “The Kairos Global Summit is a place where innovative thinkers from all over the word gather to discuss all facets of business with the leaders of today and we are grateful to be involved.”

The 2014 Kairos 50 are as follows:

109 Design
New Haven, United States

Hong Kong

Monterrey, Mexico

Bird Control Group
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Waterloo, Canada

Mountain View, United States

Cambridge, United States

Detonation Dynamics
Arlington, United States

London, United Kingdom

Disease Diagnostic Group
Cambridge, United States

Philadelphia, United States

Eko Devices
Berkeley, United States

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Epi Squared L.L.C.
Kansas City, United States

Harare, Zimbabwe

New York City, United States

Washington D.C., United States

Foxtrot Systems, Inc.
Boston, United States

Trujillo, Peru

São Paulo, Brazil

Grove Labs
Boston, United States

New York City, United States

Warsaw, Poland

Kugar Systems Inc.
San Francisco, United States

Waterloo, Canada

Lily Robotics
Berkeley, United States

Me Salva!
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Medella Health
Waterloo, Canada

Cairo, Egypt

Boston, United States

London, United Kingdom

Owlet Baby Care
Provo, United States

Tel Aviv, Israel

San Francisco, United States

Recon Therapeutics
Boston, United States

Houston, United States

Remedy Inc.
San Francisco, United States

Restored Hearing
Dublin, Ireland

Rethink Education
Cape Town, South Africa

Los Angeles, United States

Rise Robotics
Somerville, United States

Code (formerly RoboPhone)
Budapest, Hungary

Solstice Power
Syracuse, United States

Territorium Life
Monterrey, Mexico

Copenhagen, Denmark

Vital Vio,
Troy, United States

New York City, United States

Wiivv Wearables, Inc.
Vancouver, Canada

WISE Systems
Cambridge, United States

Cambridge, United States

About Kairos Society
‘Kairos transcends [international] boundaries because in our interdependent world, there are no borders when it comes to the pressing issues that we all face.” -- Bill Clinton, 42nd U.S. President

Founded in 2008, Kairos Society supports young entrepreneurs as they innovate from idea to execution to solve problems and scale impact. From regional forums hosted by local Kairos student teams to the Global Summit hosted by Kairos HQ, Kairos regularly convenes its community to learn about local ecosystems and help young entrepreneurs build market-ready businesses with the support of global corporations, mentors and universities. For more on the Kairos Society and the Global Summit, please visit http://vimeo.com/73872367 and http://kairossociety.org/.

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