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Madison McCormick: Building a Global Community of Brilliant Young Leaders

Madison McCormick: Building a Global Community of Brilliant Young Leaders
Madison: Glad to be with you, Spiffy! I work on this incredible initiative called Rise! Rise is a joint venture between Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. The program starts at ages 15-17, and the benefits include scholarships, mentorship, access to career development opportunities, funding, and more. The nature of this work addresses many challenges. The first is that we recognize that talent is created equally, but opportunity is not. The second is that by supporting these individuals, we are building a foundation for this global community who will themselves address the world's most pressing challenges over their lifetime.

Luca Zerbini: Investing in Our Environment

Luca Zerbini: Investing in Our Environment

Luca:  Una Terra invests in companies that can contribute to solving two of the critical environmental issues of our days: the warming of our planet and the waste plastic in the oceans. Through our fund, we support company founders to accelerate their growth, supporting them with capital, growth support, and sustainability. Beyond our mission to eliminate 2 Gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions and 1 million tons of plastic waste per year until 2030 (ca. 5% of the total), we also believe implementing a truly sustainable approach can increase returns for investors. We believe we can become the platform for responsible investing in Europe.

Julie Wolf: Investing in Biotech and Digital Health Innovation

Julie Wolf: Investing in Biotech and Digital Health Innovation
Julie: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! I'm an investor with 2048 Ventures, where we work with early-stage startups, especially those that are differentiated and defensible through data and technology. Our firm invests in all types of technologies. I work mostly with biotech and digital health startups. I love working with founders. We meet with our founders regularly to provide mentorship, suggestions, and see where we can help solve problems.