Keynote Speaker: "How Can Entrepreneurship Save Our Planet?"
Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
14 November 2012 - 15 November 2012
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Organizer: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"How Can Entrepreneurship Save Our Planet?" Keynote Speaker: Tom Szaky, Founder of TerraCycle 5:30 - 6:00pm World renown 29 year-old founder of Terracyle, Tom Szaky, has been named one of Forbes top 30 social entrepreneurs. When Tom Szaky was a freshman at Princeton he hit upon the idea of using worm poop as an organic fertilizer. He borrowed money from family and friends and spent all his savings on a $20,000 "worm gin"—which can hold hundreds of thousands of the invertebrates—and dropped out of college. With a $2,000 angel investment from a venture capitalist, Szaky started packaging the fertilizer in used soda bottles and selling it out of his car to local gardening centers. In 2004 he convinced a buyer for Home Depot to take a flier on his fertilizer, which is also now available in Target and Wal-Mart. In addition to the fertilizer, Terracycle collects trash and turns it into bright, fun products, like messenger bags made out of used Capri Sun packages and trippy "urban art trash cans." The company donates 2 cents to charity for each waste item it recycles, raising $3.2 million so far.