Meet the Winners of the Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition!

Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/12/11

Staples and Ashoka’s Youth Venture are excited to announce the winners of the 5th Annual Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition! The four winners will receive $500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Techonomy 2011 from November 13 to 15, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. 

Vineet Singal, 21, United States, is the founder of Anjna Patient Education, which provides health education programs to free health clinics to help disadvantaged and low-income patients learn about nutrition, diet, and a healthy lifestyle. 

Eden Full, 19, Canada, is the founder of Roseicollis Technologies, a social enterprise designed to implement unique technologies in developing and emerging markets. 

Karthik Naralasetty, 22, India, created www.socialblood.org, a social media platform to help address the blood shortage crisis by connecting blood donors and recipients of the same blood type through Facebook.

Vivek Nair, 23, Singapore, founded Damascus Fortune, an organization based in India that has developed a technology to produce carbon nanotube and carbon nanofibers from industrial flue gas. 

During the Techonomy conference, the winners will compete for an “Around the World Learning Tour” — an opportunity to travel the globe and meet other young social entrepreneurs, Ashoka Fellows, and Staples associates to further develop their venture’s impact. 

Finalists included Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers; Daniel Gomez, SOLBEN; Tianyu (Tom) Liu, SEER; and Vinny Lohan, OneBeep. Visit their websites to learn more about their great work!    

Many thanks to our network partners and panel of judges, including: Christine Putur, senior vice president and chief information officer, Staples, Inc.; JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s “Your Business;” David Kirkpatrick, chief executive officer, Techonomy Media; Armelle Carminati-Rabasse, human capital and diversity global managing director, Accenture; Mohammed Barry, winner of the 2010 Staples YSE Competition; and Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president, global social innovation, Hewlett-Packard.

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