Applications For Sandbox, Society Of Young Global Leaders, Open In Chattanooga

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sandbox, a mobile society gathering the world’s most extraordinary under-30 gamechangers is inviting local under-30 leaders to apply to its latest hub in Chattanooga.


“We’re excited to open in a hub in the vibrant city of Chattanooga,” said Sandbox CEO John Egan. “Young leaders are taking advantage of the supportive community to make incredible opportunities happen for their industries as well as their fellow Chattanoogans.


Started in 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland, Sandbox has curated a group of some of the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, academics, designers, adventurers, politicians, social innovators, story tellers and business leaders, with a mission of accelerating those young leaders from the point of local impact to that of global influence.


The network constitutes 1,000 members in over 80 countries across five continents. Hubs in cities ranging from Singapore to Stockholm to Sao Paulo provide a trusted environment where Sandboxers can build meaningful relationships, learn from each other and access unique opportunities to increase their impact. Sandbox runs regular local events in each city, including weekend retreats, a few regional events per year as well as a annual Global Summit, planned this year in Latin America.


According to its head of community, Alexandre Terrien, “Sandbox provides a space where the most accomplished and promising high achievers in their 20ies can connect, help each other, mentor each other, inspire each other, all while building lifelong friendships.”


The Chattanooga hub will be led by three of the city’s movers and shakers: Tiffanie Robinson, the founder and CEO of WayPaver, a co-founder of The Jumpfund, and a co-founder of Food Conquest Restaurant Group, Isaiah Smallman, the co-founder of a creative agency called Fancy Rhino, and Meshal Lakhani, a singer/songwriter currently working on an edtech startup, and Toni Gemayal, co-founder of Flint, a product consultancy that solves business problems through software.


Tiffanie Robinson said, “We’re looking for the city’s most interesting under-30 leaders across industries, people with unique perspectives on life. If you’re an artist, an engineer, an entrepreneur, an athlete, a musician, an academic, or anything else, and you want to have significant impact on this world, you should consider applying.”


From building successful companies and organizations, to changing their country’s political landscape, to publishing groundbreaking academic work, Sandboxers around the world are shaking up their industries. Their diverse member base includes Easkey Britton, an internationally renowned, pioneering Irish big-wave surfer who also holds a PhD in Environment and Society. Timur Topal is an Austrian-Turkish political advisor consulting world leaders and decision makers on long term energy policy. Finally, Xavier Duportet is a Paris-based PhD candidate in Mammalian Synthetic Biology between MIT & INRIA developing new technologies to manipulate human cells genome and program them to perform useful tasks (think drugs 2.0) while also being the founder of Hello Tomorrow, the most ambitious tech and science competition in Europe.


Out of the pool of Chattanooga applicants, Sandbox will elect approximately 10 new Sandboxers. Applications will re-open in 2015. Applicants can apply at www.sandbox.is.


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