Ankur Jain

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Ankur Jain
Born (1990-02-10) February 10, 1990 (age 25)
Bellevue, Washington
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Founder & Chairman, Kairos Society
Founder & CEO, Panjia

Ankur Jain (born February 10, 1990) is an entrepreneur, and the founder and chairman of the Kairos Society, an organization of young entrepreneurs aiming to solve real-world problems.

Jain is also the founder & CEO of Panjia,[1] which helps innovative ideas grow in new markets in the United States, China, and Middle East. Jain has said that he believes helping entrepreneurs work across national borders can serve as a means to “privatize diplomacy.”[2][3] In 2011, Inc. magazine named Ankur Jain the "Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World"[4] and awarded Jain "30 Under 30".[5] In 2012, Jain was also named 30 under 30 by CSM.[1]


Ankur Jain was born in Bellevue, Washington to parents from India. He is the son of InfoSpace founder Naveen Jain and Anu Jain, vice president of community relations for Intelius. Jain graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in May 2011.

Kairos Society[edit]

Main article: Kairos Society

Ankur Jain is the founder and chairman of Kairos Society.[6] The Kairos Society runs a fellowship program that brings together undergraduate entrepreneurs from around the world to set-up ventures. In early 2011, Kairos hosted its third annual global summit at the United Nations, New York Stock Exchange, and Rockefeller Estate, and showcased 50 of the most innovative ventures launched by the Society’s fellows that year.[7][8] In April 2011, the Society hosted its Europe Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, in partnership with the inaugural World Foresight Forum.

Singularity University[edit]

Jain was selected as one of 80 students (out of 1,800) to participate in the Singularity University Summer Program, an interdisciplinary program based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley, where his father is a trustee [9]

Other Activities[edit]

Jain has been interviewed by major media outlets, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc. on entrepreneurship and philanthropy.[10][11] In a recent article for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs, Jain wrote about the transformational power of entrepreneurship for young people around the world.[12]

Jain's Kairos Society has been named a partner organization to President Obama's Startup America initiative and received funds from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce under the initiative.[13][14] He was selected as a speaker at the Youth International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Russia in June 2011 alongside business leaders such as Eric Schmidt and Esther Dyson.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "MSNBC: Young Entrepreneurs Upbeat about the Future". MSNBC. 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  2. ^ TechCrunch, Sarah Lacy. Multinational Startups: The Future Or A Doomed Idea? (TCTV). Feb 4, 2011.
  3. ^ CNN, Ali Velshi. Young Brilliant & Innovative. Feb 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Meet Ankur Jain, the Best-Connected 21-Year-Old in the World". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Ankur Jain, Founder of Kairos Society". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  6. ^ Kairos Society's Mission & Vision
  7. ^ The Huffington Post, Nathaniel Cahners Hindman. Kairos Society Student Entrepreneurs Take Over NYSE Trading Floor. Mar 27, 2011.
  8. ^ Bloomberg, Rebecca L. McClay. Kairos Society Helps Student Entrepreneurs Test Best Ideas for Startups. Feb 22, 2011
  9. ^ Jain's Reference
  10. ^ Inc., Donna Fenn. Why Being Unreasonable Pays Off. Mar 1, 2011.
  11. ^ CNN Money. Student CEOs ready for takeoff. May 10, 2011.
  12. ^ IIP Digital, Ankur Jain. Young Entrepreneurs Remake the World. May 10, 2011.
  13. ^ TechCrunch, Sarah Lacy. Hey Obama, Where’s the Startup Visa in the Startup America Plan? (TCTV). Feb 3, 2011.
  14. ^ The hill, Peter Schroeder. U.S. Chamber increasing investment in young entrepreneurs. Jan 31, 2011.
  15. ^ Youth International Economic Forum, St. Petersburg. Breaking Down Walls. Jun 15-17, 2011.

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