Featured Session: Empowering the Next Generation to Build a Better Future

Mar 13, 2023

10:00am – 11:00am CT

Recording: Featured Session: Empowering the Next Generation to Build a Better Future, Mar 13, 2023

Climate Change is the single biggest threat facing our planet at this moment. We’ve seen young climate activists rise to the challenge and use their voices to start global movements and influence change. But what would happen if we equipped them with the capital and the resources to tackle the issue head on, in the same way we invest in hungry start-up founders? That’s the question investor and Seven Seven Six founder Alexis Ohanian asked himself when he started the 776 Foundation and Fellowship Program and pledged $20M to climate issues over the next 10 years. The inaugural class of Fellows are nearly one year into the program and are hard at work on projects across the climate solution spectrum from curbing food waste in rural Kenya by deploying solar powered cold storage units to building highly specialized robots working to automate synthetic biology. Hear from Alexis, Lissie Garvin the Director of the 776 Foundation and two of the fellowship program’s bright young minds Maya Penn and Rostam Reifschneider, as they discuss their respective companies, the urgency for climate action and why they all believe our next generation holds the key to unlocking the solutions.

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Lissie Garvin

776 Foundation

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Alexis Ohanian

Seven Seven Six

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Maya Penn

Upenndo! Productions

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