[UPDATE – OCT 2019] WHY Mentors Launches Plus Climate Change & The Circular Economy

World Hope Youth Mentors (WHYMentors) Launches This Week!  (Feature photo is Mary Kurek with her mentee Marley Dozier)

We’re delighted to announce that the World Hope Youth Mentors (WHY Mentor) program officially launched last week in partnership with the Sub Saharan Open University in Nigeria.

The WHY Mentors pilot program matches 23 mentees from 5 countries (3 in Africa) with mentors from 7 countries for the purposes of elevating career and entrepreneurial development as well as to expand cultural boundaries.

As you may already know, the need for this was revealed in The Introducer #14 – Developing Youth as Global Citizens: The Survival Mission. Since then, we’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes with many of you to set-up this groundbreaking program. We’re proud that many of you stepped forward to volunteer as mentors and that we’ve found a cohort of promising mentees for the pilot.

The quality of League mentoring was illustrated when one of Dr Osita Aniemika’s mentees, Trudy Masembe, provided this testimonial:

“It was such an honor meeting Dr. Osita Aniemeka today. I can never be more grateful than I am.  He literally went over every detail of our project.  Additionally, he gave a new breath to our envisaged youth entrepreneurship program and we are now committed to not only working hard and smart but also from a point of confidence with the right foundation.”

You can read the full story HERE.

The Introducer – 16th EDITION OCT 2019 – The Business of Saving Our Planet: Climate Change & Circular Economy

Climate change is one of biggest global issues of our time that is affecting all of us.  In the latest edition of The Introducer, we go on a journey with the game changers who’re tackling this issue head-on.  From this edition, one of the program leaders has been invited into the WHY Mentors program and we’ve started making introductions relative to the amazing sustainability applications for algae (particularly in agriculture), thanks to David Ramjohn.  There’s more…


Find out about Stephen Fern’s work as the Chairman of G9 Ark working with global business families to drive private capital into Impact, and developing a plan to end the climate crisis.  In our feature with David D. Ramjohn, discover why microalgae can reverse the global warming that drives climate change.  David’s article got so many people talking that it’s been featured in other news channels.  Take a look at the article HERE.

The circular economy is the antithesis of climate change: it’s based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems (Ellen MacArthur Foundation).  Again, we meet some fantastic game-changers who seek to integrate these principles into their personal and professional lives.

H.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern is a designer for furniture, home-decoration, pets-children-and lifestyle products.  Her strong ethical focus can be seen everywhere from her “Royal Bath” Collection, her vegan carpet collection to the fact that she’s a sought-after speaker on the topic of ‘sustainability’.  To read more about her game-changing work, follow this LINK.

There’s so much work to do in ‘the business of saving the world’ – and The Frontrunner League members and the featured game changers from The Introducer #16 have already got started!

Take a look at at Mary Kurek’s networking post HERE to see who should be talking to who (and why) – that’s if they’ve not already beaten us to it that is!


Deven Patel (The Introducer – #7 Global Health), CEO, President & Co-Founder at Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research (GIOSTAR), was recently featured in a Forbes article: Here’s How Blockchain, Sports And Science Are Disrupting The Healthcare Game.

Lauren deLisa Coleman, the article’s author, comments: “blockchain seems now poised to reach even greater heights because the work is fused with true social benefit”.  To find out the detail of what this means in practice, read the full article HERE.


We also wanted to share this moment of pure inspiration with you: when Deven Patel met Stephen Hawking.

They spent over an hour in deep discussion about stem cells.  Take a look HERE for the full story.


Dr Osita Aniemika – networking and building strategic partnerships

President, Sub Saharan Open University, Dr Osita Aniemika  (The Introducer – #14 Developing Youth as Global Citizens: The Survival Mission) is a great networker.

He’s pictured here with CEO, Business Friends Africa, Dr David Dan Mayanja and Director, Quality Education, Business Friends Africa, Wamla Lule George, in front of the Bugandan Parliament after a meeting with the Office of the Prime Minister.


Network Thinking: Daria Tataj explains…

Daria Tataj (The Introducer – #13 The Measure of Impact), Founder of Tataj Innovation, explains the value of her approach, Network Thinking:

“To all businesses and leaders in need of innovative solutions, Network Thinking is a novel strategic approach combining innovation and networking. It helps grow with purpose through partnerships and by utilizing the network expertise to create opportunities and solutions, get resources and skills, share experience and insights, cultivate the ecosystem to spread innovation while saving time and money. It is based on using a digital age networking skill set and systems thinking. Learn more about Network Thinking strategic approach visit www.networkthinking.center. We invite you to test your Network IQ™ and get an assessment how to boost your network intelligence and drive growth with impact on your communities with the Network Thinking Power Map™. Contact Dr. Daria Tataj and her team at Tataj Innovation.


SupraFin signs strategic agreement with TribulusTech

Liliana Reasor (The Introducer – #11 Women Leaders in Blockchain), CEO and Founder of SupraFin, a wealthtech platform for cryptoassets that promotes individual financial inclusion, welcomes TribulusTech as its strategic investor and software development partner.

On 9th September 2019, SupraFin signed its strategic agreement with TribulusTech. As part of the agreement, TribulusTech has agreed to commit a team of 9 professionals to finish building the SupraFin platform, which is expected to be launched by March 2020.

You can read the full announcement HERE.


Forge Fund: investment opportunity

The Forge Fund is looking to partner with innovators at any investment stage. If you are advancing the future of how things are designed, made, and used, they want to speak with you.

Some things they look for include:

  • You currently (or have immediate plans to) use Autodesk cloud APIs
  • You have an excellent management team
  • You are addressing a complex problem facing the future of design and creation
  • You are disrupting the market
  • You are fundamentally changing how things are designed, made or used

Is your company extending the boundaries of the future of making things?

To find out more, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

CES 2020



CES is the global stage for innovation.  It’s most definitely an exhilarating place to be!  CES 2020 is taking place Jan 7-10 in Las Vegas.

If you’re planning on attending, please let Mary know (mary@marykurek.com).

Find out more about CES Conference.



Blockchain & Health, event produced by member and health publisher, Tory Cenaj


Converge to Accelerate Event The Frontrunners League is delighted to be the media partner for this event. 

It’s taking place on October, 15, 2019 in Boston, MA – and we can’t believe how quickly the date has come round.  Congratulations to League Member, Tory Cenaj (The Introducer – #11 Women Leaders in Blockchain) for leading what will be a truly inspiring event.


Keep on sending us your updates and networking interests.  You can contact Mary (mary@marykurek.com) and Annie (annie@frontrunnersleague.com).  Also, feel free to share any comments on the blog in the space below.