April 8, 2010, Mumbai : The Kairos Society is an international student-run not-for-profit foundation based in the United States. Kairos was founded with the belief that the key to improving our world lies in uniting the next generation of leaders, enabling them in turn to create greater impact. Each year, Kairos holds a Global Summit where it brings together its members alongside a collection of the world’s most impactful leaders to discuss the issues facing the world and the emerging opportunities for Kairos students to make a difference. 20 of the most entrepreneurial students from all over India have been invited to represent the country, with the endorsement of Minister Shashi Tharoor, at the Kairos Global Summit starting 16th April in New York.
Speaking about the selection, the head of the India delegation Krishna Gupta – an MIT alum and founder of Romulus Capital – said that “Coming from various IIT’s, these students are hand-picked leaders, possessed with the entrepreneurial fire that will render them tremendously impactful in the future. We have ensured that the best of the best are representing the nation and help us in laying the foundation stones of the Kairos Society in India. Watch how we play our part in changing India and the world.”
Paresh Ghelani, CEO of 2020 Company, LLC who is sponsoring the delegation said; “It is very exciting to promote and mentor these dynamic young entrepreneurs from India who come to the Kairos Summit and connect with the students and leaders which they wouldn’t have an opportunity to do otherwise. These are bright and passionate students who will surely make a positive impact on our future.”
Some key guests of the summit this year include Phil Condit – former CEO of Boeing, Ellen Kullman – CEO of DuPont, and Duncan Niederauer - CEO of NYSE. Kalyan Surapaneni from IIT Guwahati was thrilled about India’s best joining together. Vivek Khandelwal from IIT Bombay and a Co-Founder of Voicetap Technologies was particularly excited about the startup showcase of 100 of the most innovative student companies.
Apart from this, the 3 day summit would also include a trip to The Intrepid Air and Space Museum where students would be addressed by the foremost leaders from the Industry. With the India delegation already including IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, and Madras, the Kairos Society will soon add chapters at other colleges across India.