MIKE DEL PONTE
Workshop: How to Get Ridiculous Press (Without a PR Firm)
Mike Del Ponte is a social entrepreneur, speaker, and health hacker. Mike is the co-founder and CEO of Soma. Soma makes make products to positively impact millions of lives. The first product is an award winning glass water filter. For every filter sold, Soma donates clean drinking water to people in need through charity: water.
Previously, Mike led marketing at BranchOut, the largest professional network on Facebook. As an early employee, Mike helped grow BranchOut from 0 to 25 million users in 16 months.
Mike is the founder and former CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs. Mike’s leadership earned Sparkseed a Financial Times Social Innovation Award and recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, and CNN.
In 2010, Mike and the Sparkseed team hosted Dangerously Ambitious, the highly praised, invite-only summit for social innovators, investors, designers, and thought leaders.
Before founding Sparkseed, Mike served as a Christian Peacemaker in the West Bank, an orphanage volunteer in Jamaica, a micro-finance consultant in Nepal, and a part of the team that created a child health care program to help 355,000 kids in Kutch, India. Mike has degrees from Boston College and Yale University.
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