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1. SolarBrite (watch interview)
Presidential Grant ($3K)
2. emPower
Entrepreneur Grant ($2K)
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Innovative Grant ($1K)

Article about the Forum
"Sharing Business Ideas from 30 Countries"

August 15, 2011

by Susan Milligan
for US Department of State

Global Innovation Forums

Climate Change and Constructive Entrepreneurship

Fourth Annual Global Forum
World Bank Headquarters, Washington D.C.
August 10-12, 2011
In Partnership with The World Bank, Speaker's Bureau

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by Rebecca Kaisler

Athgo held its 4th Global Innovation Forum on “Climate Change and Constructive Entrepreneurship” at the World Bank on August 10-12th, 2011, attracting over 100 students and young professionals from around the world. Utilizing Athgo’s innovative networking program and Athgo Founder and Chairman Dr. Armen Orujyan’s “4-Pillars to Success,” participants were challenged with developing innovative business models that were environmentally sustainable, financially profitable, and socially beneficial. These concepts were presented before a panel of experienced judges, with the top three proposals being awarded venture development grants to further their growth and make their implementation a reality. Participants also benefited from the experience and advice of senior professionals from private and public industry who addressed the forum’s themes of constructive enterprise and social entrepreneurship during formal panels and informal discussions. In a surprise appearance, Dr. Muhammad Yunus (watch his speeach at Athgo Forum), Nobel Laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank, delivered the forum’s keynote speech on the importance of social businesses, embodying the forum’s central themes.