About that new Greek American “genius grant” winner — and more stories from our Launchpad

Here are the latest stories from our Launchpad. You can read the full articles by clicking on each of the links below — or you can find excerpts from all these stories on our NextGen Launchpad on LinkedIn, as well as on the Launchpad on our website at hellenext.org.

If you like what you see, you can always make sure you get the latest stories when they come out, just by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button at the top right of our NextGen Launchpad page on LinkedIn.

Have a great week!


Leon Stavrou | Executive Director, The Next Generation Initiative

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Here is a sample of recent Launchpad stories for our new What’s Your Idea? series about the next generation taking on big challenges:

2015 “genius grant” MacArthur Fellow Dimitri Nakassis, on thinking outside the box…

NextGen alum Manolis Kellis, co-leader of the MIT/Harvard team that’s discovered a metabolic “master switch” that controls obesity…

A team of young Greeks who left their careers in Boston, Brussels and Berlin to launch a high-tech start-up in Greece aimed at holding government officials accountable…

Demetrios Karamintzas: a young man on the front lines, fighting poverty and the roots of terror, armed with only his oboe…

Effie Kyrtata, the dynamic, 25-year-old London-based launcher of start-ups to save Greece…

Stanford grad Mema Roussopoulos and the young Greek researchers who are engineering a new ‘upgrade’ for democracy’s ‘operating system’…

…and 17-year-old Nefeli-Sofia Stefopoulou, one of 10 global winners of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change.

Some other recent Launchpad articles featuring:

NextGen Master Class leader Marina Hatsopoulos, talking about her role in bringing young Greek entrepreneurs this summer to an international technology startup bootcamp held at MIT

NextGen mentor Gregory Maniatis (and

senior adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General’s representative on international migration, Sir Peter Sutherland), explaining why the current migration crisis is “by far the most divisive and dangerous crisis” Europe has seen in a decade…

NextGen’s (successful) search for a team of Greek American students to enter JPMorgan Chase’s Code for Good competition

Stanford professor (and future NextGen Master Class leader) Josiah Ober, on what the modern world can learn from the ancient Greeks…

…and an unforgettable story about “Papa Stratis,” whose selfless work, helping the migrants still arriving on the island of Lesbos, led him to be hailed as ‘the Savior of Refugees’ and the ‘Good Samaritan of Greece’.

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