600 of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs, innovators, academics and policymakers are meeting in Tokyo this week to address some of the world’s toughest challenges. The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community will work on initiatives started by its members, including:
· The Maverick Collective, a philanthropic community started with Melinda Gates to allow women to commit their expertise and finance for girls and women in impoverished places. Since they started in May 2016, activists have mobilized $30 million to help more than 300,000 girls.
· Aerofarms, high-tech indoor farms that use 95% less water and 1% of the land required by conventional, commercial field farms. Its creator, David Rosenberg, a member of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs), started the business in 2010 with support from fellow YGLs.
· Rising Tide Capital which helps struggling individuals to build businesses, transforming lives in underserved communities, including the formerly incarcerated, minorities, unemployed and working poor, and immigrants and refugees. YGL connections enabled a $200,000 donation from the Blackstone Innovation Grant.
All of the impact initiatives were generated through support from other Young Global Leaders (YGLs), a community of scientists, policymakers, business leaders, designers, artists and civil society leaders, all under 40, who are shaking up the world around them. A full list of YGL impacts can be found here.
· For more information on how to follow the meeting go here.
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