The recently concluded Sandbox Global Summit which took place over the weekend saw some of the brightest young minds gather in Lisbon, Portugal and engage in discussions over ideas that (one day may) change the world. Over 200 young innovators and leaders participated in collaborative, participant-led sessions that ranged ranging from "On Stealing Ideas" by Mattan Griffel, CEO of a NYC-based digital agency, to "How to have the luck of the Irish and pour the perfect pint of Guinness" by William McQuillan, Founder and CEO of Osmoda.com, to "Social enterprise future moulded by Asia" by Kalsoom Lakhani, Founder of Invest2Innovate, and Achyutha Sharma, Director of Sulochana Development Trust.
"We aim to give space to heated discussions and unreasonable thoughts," says Sandbox Network CEO, Nico Luchsinger. "These key insights from the next generation of leaders will be captured at each session and turned into the Sandbox Playbook that will be shared with the rest of the world."
Amongst the participants were six young women who might not have made it to the Summit if not Bloomberg Businessweek and Sandbox Network, who provided them with fellowships to attend the event. The partnership provided full scholarship grants - including tuition and expenses - for these young female leaders after receiving nearly 100 applications:
• Cynthia Hellen (from NYC) is the founder of GIRLS WHO ROCK, a crowd-pleasing, change-making benefit concert fundraising for girls’ education worldwide.
• Kelley Calvin (from Washington, DC) is the Founder of Michelle In Training (MIT), a new organization that will teach professionalism, self-esteem and life skills underprivileged high school girls.
• Lina Lustig (from Berlin, Germany) is a pioneer in the blue economy - an international community of companies, innovators and scientists that strive to improve the quality of life for all.
• Virgilia Singh (from Phoenix, AZ) is the co-founder of So What’s On Your Plate, an action focused organization that brings women together over a common love of food.
• Tammy Tibbetts (from NYC) is the founder of She’s the First, a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world.
• Tiphani Montgomery (from North Carolina) is passionate about learning new ways to teach single mothers about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and how to love themselves.
Watch this video to find more about the Summit:
These women are playing an active role in breaking new ground in the empowerment of women on a global scale.
We wish them all success!
Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.