About the Pledge
The Future of Entrepreneurship Pledge is similar to “The Giving Pledge” championed by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, but for the field of entrepreneurship. In 2011, it will bring together over 100 of the world’s top entrepreneurs with revenues/net worths over $10M or who are high-growth and on track to $10M. Pledgers will be able to give back their mentorship and wealth to the field of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurs will make concrete commitments to give their time in the following way in the upcoming year:
- Speak to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs
- Serve as a board or advisory board member on an entrepreneurship education organization
- Serve as an entrepreneur-in-residence
- Judge an idea or business plan competition
- Help advocate for entrepreneur-friendly local and federal laws
- Make steps to create an entrepreneurship education foundation
The idea is that giving their time would allow entrepreneurs the opportunity to get to know best practices in the field and who the innovative programs are before giving money.
Entrepreneurs will morally (not legally) pledge to give a percentage of their wealth to the entrepreneurship education field by:
- Being an angel investor
- Creating a new organization to promote entrepreneurship education
- Financially supporting an existing organization
Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit
All pledge takers will attend the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit on November 17-19, 2011 in Washington, DC to learn more about best practices in giving and to meet with fellow philanthropists and potential organizations they could give to.
Naveen Jain (Co-Chair)
Naveen Jain founder of Moon Express and Intelius. Previously, Jain founded InfoSpace and took it public in 1998 on the NASDAQ and served as CEO until he left to start Intelius. Prior to InfoSpace, Mr. Jain was a senior executive at Microsoft Corporation. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of “Education and Global Development” at the X Prize Foundation, and as a trustee of the board of Singularity University. Mr. Jain has earned the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” by Red Herring, “Six People Who Will Change the Internet” by Information Week and was awarded People’s Choice “Light of India” award for Business Leadership. His success with Intelius has earned such accolades as “Best New Company” by the American Business Awards, Puget Sound Business Journal’s “One of Washington’s Top Three Best Workplaces”, “Rising Star” in Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500 Program, “America’s Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” by Inc. Magazine and has been listed amongst the top 15 Corporate Philanthropists in the community.
Brien Biondi, CPA, MBA, is currently Executive Director of the Chief Executives’ Organization (CEO) in Bethesda, Maryland. CEO is a Young Presidents Organization (YPO) leadership organization by invitation only. Brien served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO), and the World Entrepreneurs’ Organization (WEO). In addition to past service on the YEO and WEO Board of Directors, he serves or has served on the boards for: Junior Achievement’s Strategic Planning Task Force, Communications Committee for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grant makers, the National Governors’ Association Entrepreneurship Advisory Group, the Research Institute for Small and Emerging Business, Social Entrepreneur Awareness for Change, The Advanced Management Institute, Exchange City USA, Echoing Green Foundation Reading Committee, and most recently joined the Greater Washington Area Board of Directors of The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Mr. Biondi has been featured by CNN, CNNfn, CBS Radio; articles in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily and USA Today; and features as Inc. and Smart Money. He was also selected as one of three national finalists in the 2002 and 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards “Support of Entrepreneurship” category.
The Future of Entrepreneurship Education Pledge is an initiative of Empact. Empact brings the country’s top young entrepreneurs together to help spread the entrepreneurial mindset on hundreds of college campuses through half-day conferences, virtual broadcasts, and a virtual business incubator. To learn about the individuals behind Empact, visit our team page.
- 500+ World’s top entrepreneurs giving back their time & wealth.
- 5K+ Mentorship hours to be donated to entrepreneurship.
- $1B+ To be financially pledged to support entrepreneurship.