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Meet 50 Young Entrepreneurs Aiming to Change the World


Thanks to a variety of factors, including lower startup costs and technological advances, many of the world’s most taxing problems are being tackled by some of the youngest entrepreneurs. To put this in perspective, we turned to the Kairos Society, an international organization that supports the development of entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year, the San Francisco-based company develops a list of the top global entrepreneurs under age 25. Now in its fourth year, the list is culled from 550 nominations, many of which come from members of Kairos’ regional chapters.

Present listees get the chance to demo their companies at this year’s Kairos Global Summit in Hollywood, California in October. And one lucky winner could land $50,000 from Ev Williams, the Twitter co-founder. By way of his venture capital firm, Obvious Ventures, one winning company, which successfully demonstrates an innovative solution to a global problem, will get an uncapped note for $50,000 as an investment. Listees also join the ranks of illustrious past winners, such as Boston health-care tech company WellFrame and the Menlo Park, California-based drone maker Lily Robotics, which both went on to raise significant capital and media buzz.



Roy Ripper is one of the most charismatic and widely-followed trainers in the worldwide recruitment industry.

For more than 25 years his passion has been helping recruiters take their careers and businesses to another level by inspiring personal & business growth, success and achievement.

Roy’s core techniques for success as a recruiter and his strategies for creating business growth come from his own professional experience and his work with some of the leading names in the industry.

Roy began his career as a consultant specialising in selling client-paid recruitment advertising. Three years later he went on to set up a specialist executive search company with James Caan (CEO of UK private equity company Hamilton Bradshaw and ‘Dragon’ from the BBC’s popular Dragon’s Den series) working on a 100% retained basis. He then undertook a recruitment training apprenticeship with the legendary Tony Byrne and later worked alongside Ann Swain (now CEO of APSCo) at Learning Curve. Roy was then approached to set up the executive search division (100% retained basis) of Corporate Services Group, a £350million turnover plc. After successfully growing the business from 0 to 25 revenue producing consultants and a £2million profit within 2 years, he made the move to full time training and consultancy.

Roy Ripper has since helped more than 47,500 recruiters from more than 35 countries transform their careers and businesses through his books, podcasts, DVDs, online training products, live events and personal coaching. He’s been fortunate to work with some of the largest and most successful businesses in the worldwide recruitment industry, but holds a special affinity with small business owners. Roy is regularly invited to contribute to trade journals and speak around the world.


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