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The Kairos Society focuses the next generation on the world's biggest problems. In pursuit of this mission, the organization currently fosters a global community represented in 50 countries and 100 universities. Our community is focused individuals who are using entrepreneurship to innovate in broken industries government and big business haven’t solved. Additionally, The Kairos Society created its own investment fund to back the next generation of breakthrough ventures. The fund enables Kairos to provide more resources to young founders and serve as a signal to outside investors that a Kairos company is ready for an institutional Series A. The fund invests in the Seed+ stage and focuses on mission-driven companies fixing broken industries
Membership is by invitation only and requires a formal recommendation from the internal fellowship or one of the organization's many advisers or partners who are well-known internationally.These advisers or partners have included Carl Schramm of the Kauffman Foundation, Duncan Niederauer of the New York Stock Exchange, Peter Diamandis of the X-Prize Foundation, Bruce Mosler of Cushman & Wakefield, Admiral William Owens, former Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Maria Bartiromo of CNBC. Once nominated, prospective fellows are taken through a global application process. Once decisions are made, fellows are notified by the global team. Fellows are given a unique membership number and credentials to the organization's private social service as well as access to regional Kairos events and the organization's international summits in New York City. Once accepted, fellows remain active in the fellowship and alumni network as long as they are building a high-impact companies. There are no membership dues.
Every year, the Kairos Society hosts its annual global summit in New York City. The event brings together Kairos fellows from around the globe with world leaders across business, technology and politics to discuss pressing global challenges and innovative market-driven solutions. At the New York Stock Exchange, the most innovative student-run startups get to showcase their products and companies on the stock exchange floor to a group of international investors and executives. Awards, hosted by the organization's partners, are held for the most innovative student-companies, previous winners have been working in regenerative medicine, enhanced diagnostics, portable photovoltaics, physical computing and inexpensive biofuels.
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