Kairos Society



Under 18? Apply Here


Every year the most innovative ventures from around the world created by entrepreneurs under 25 apply to attend the Kairos Global Summit as members of the Kairos 50

Ventures accepted to the K50 receive:

  • A ticket to the Kairos Global Summit where you'll meet 350 handpicked young entrepreneurs from over 40 countries around the world
  • Space to showcase your venture at our Kairos 50 Demo Day in front of 150 industry leading mentors, investors and executives
  • Media exposure through leading press outlets like TechCrunch, Inc and Forbes
  • Access to world-class speaking opportunities after the Summit at partner events like Bloomberg's Next Big Thing, TEDMED, Mobile World Congress and more
"We've been able to showcase VirtualU on an international scale through events like the Kairos Global Summit, the Ambrosetti Forum, and Bloomberg's Next Big Thing, which have led to strategic press, investment opportunities and meetings with business clients and mentors who I now work with on a regular basis. "

- Caroline Pugh, VirtualU (USA), K50 '13

“During the 2013 Global Summit, we were paired with a number of key players in the 3D printing industry as mentors, and they remain incredibly valuable today. When it comes to industry knowledge and expertise, having strong connections at companies such as Stratasys, Makerbot, Autodesk, and 3D Systems has put our company a step ahead of our competition.”

- Jonathan Schwartz, Layer By Layer (USA), K50 '13


1. Kairos Global Summit

Showcase your venture to global influencers and decision-makers

Each K50 founder will recieve a private invitation to the Kairos Global Summit with 350 of the world’s top young entrepreneurs and 150 industry leading mentors for a 3 day retreat in Laguna Niguel, California. There you’ll receive an exclusive opportunity to present your venture during our K50 Demo Day to:

Influential industry leaders

2014 Global Summit Attendees include:


Howard Marks

Co-Founder | StartEngine and Activision
Vanessa Colella

Vanessa Colella

Managing Director, Head of Global Venturing | Citi
Joe Lonsdale

Joe Lonsdale

Co-Founder | Formation 8 and Palantir
Gabby Stern

Gabby Stern

Editor, Strategic Initiatives | Wall Street Journal
Diane Brady

Diane Brady

Content Chief | Bloomberg Businessweek
Diego Miralles

Diego Miralles

Global Head of Innovation | Janssen Healthcare


At the Global Summit, we've had our ventures covered by:

“The chance to display our work on the trading floors of the New York Stock Exchange as a Kairos 50 company opened the floodgates for several other global opportunities. We met one of our best mentors, Jeff Hoffman (Founder, Priceline) at the 2013 Global Summit.”

- William Senyo, Slicebiz (Ghana), K50 '13


2. International exposure


For the third time, the Kairos Society partnered with Bloomberg to showcase the next generation of healthcare, education and commerce companies including Kairos 50 founders Caroline Pugh, Co-Founder of VirtualU and Nanxi Liu, Co-Founder of Nanoly Bioscience.

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TEDMED selected K50 companies Nanoly, Wellframe and SOMA Analytics to demo alongside 47 other companies in The Hive in Washington DC.

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2013 K50 company Regalii makes it to the final six of TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

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Out of 850 startups from all over the globe, K50 company Vires Aeronautics took second place in Pioneers Festival 2013 Startup Challenge in Vienna, Austria.

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K50 founders Johann Huber from SOMA Analytics and Spencer Hewett from SKIP shared their thoughts at Mobile World Congress's 4 Years From Now conference. Over 2,300 participants, incubators and accelerators from 55 different countries attended this inaugural event in Barcelona.

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K50 companies Addy and Jon Lou were both named as 2014 SXSW Accelerator Finalists beating out over 500 web-based companies earning an opportunity to demo at Startup Village and pitch on stage in Austin.

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K50 founders Riley Ennis (Immudicon) and Spencer Hewett (Skip) took the stage at the 2013 Bloomberg Business Summit to pitch their ventures in front of an audience of CEOs, public sector officials and financial leaders including Charles R. Schwab (Charles Schwab), Madeleine K. Albright (Fmr US Secretary of State) and Dan Hesse (Sprint) in Chicago.

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In a room filled exclusively with C-level executives from companies with revenues of $10 Million to $3 Billion, K50 founder Daniel Rudyak (Cortex Composites) joined Kairos Society President Alex Fiance on stage to discuss the “Changing World of Entrepreneurial Innovation at the C-Suite Conference in Dallas.”

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The Kairos Society collaborated with the Milken Institue to host a fast pitch event featuring 2013 Kairos 50 founders Delian Asparouhov, CEO, Nightingale, Riley Ennis, Founder, Immudicon, Spencer Hewett, Founder, Skip, and Caroline Pugh, Co-Founder and COO, VirtualU at the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles.

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From Barcelona to Moscow, San Francisco and beyond, we have arranged exclusive opportunities for K50 founders to pitch their ventures on the world's largest stages.

Previous event partners have included

Conference partners

"The K50 has given me exposure and recognition that has directly propelled my business. By putting me on the right stages in front of the right audiences, the Kairos Society has helped me bring on new investors, meet trusted advisors, and travel to all over the world to share my vision for Enplug and Nanoly Bioscience."

- Nanxi Liu, Nanoly Bioscience (USA), K50 '13

3. Strategic partners

Fortune 500 companies look to the K50 to see what the next generation is building. Throughout the year, we partner with corporate innovation centers around the world to place our ventures in front of strategic advisors who understand challenging global markets.

Previous corporate partners have included

“As an entrepreneur in the hard sciences it is extremely difficult to make headway. I have had the distinct pleasure to interact with Johnson & Johnson during the Kairos Global Summit. They have provided domain expertise and mentorship that has helped me formulate the next steps for my company.”

- Riley Ennis, Immudicon (USA), K50 '13

4. Community of founders

K50 founders enter into the Kairos Society's community of over 1,000 entrepreneurs from 54 countries around the world.

Kairos Society Alumni

Past Companies have included:

Levant Power

Levant Power



Mana Health

Mana Health



Terriblyclever Design




K50 Founders have been selected to join:

and taken top honors at:

“The Kairos Society has the greatest network of young entrepreneurs in the world, where you can connect and get advice. Thanks to Kairos we were able to meet David from Strikingly, who supported us through the application process for Y-Combinator.”

- Inigo Rumuyor, Regalii (Mexico), K50 '13


K50 ventures are:

  • Emerging leaders within their field and community, who are looking to impact future generations
  • Breakthrough ideas with the vision, focus and drive to disrupt entire industries
  • Scalable solutions that have the potential to impact billions of people around the planet
  • Finding traction through customers, accelerators, press or other recognitions
  • Ready to launch by showcasing their solutions to the world at the Kairos Global Summit

Apply to the K50



Under 18? Apply Here

Important dates

Applications Close

July 31st, 2014

100 finalists selected

August 15th, 2014

K50 announced at Global Summit

October 18th, 2014

“At the global summit, our company has been actively introduced to a lot of extremely interesting customers, partners and investors. The feedback we got - especially from solar and energy companies - has directly changed our approach at the lab back home in Denmark.”
Rasmus Davidsen