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COSSPP alums to speak at 7 UNDER 30 event

Four alumni of the college will be among the successful entrepreneurs featured in this year’s 7 UNDER 30 speaker series.

Dominic Ard’is (M.S. ’12 Urban Planning, International Affairs), Michael Benarde (B.S. ’19 Political Science), Hannah King (B.A. ’19 International Affairs) and Tarek Waked (B.S. ’13 International Affairs/Economics) are successful FSU alumni entrepreneurs who started businesses before the age of 30. 

Along with three other FSU alums, they will talk about their experiences in starting and growing a business and participate in a Q&A session. This year the event will be streamed live here on Wednesday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. Viewers can tweet questions for the speakers to @JimMoranCollege and/or use #7Under30. 

Ard’is is the founder and CEO of ACT House, a Tallahassee-based hub for young innovators offering affordable communal living along with a team-centered incubation program that accelerates product development and venture creation and substitutes monetary capital needs with skilled human capital.

Benarde and his sister, Shirah, invented a device called Night Cap, designed to prevent drinks from being spiked. Their company took top prize and a $10,000 award at this year’s InNOLEvation® Challenge business model competition, sponsored by the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship

King is the founder and CEO of Woven Futures, a company that seeks to preserve the Mayan artisan culture through ethical partnerships with textile weavers and merchants in Guatemala. She has won numerous awards and honors for her work. Read more about that here.

Waked’s company, Type One Ventures, invests in Seed and Series A startups building the technology, infrastructure and services that will be integral “as we progress towards a Type I Civilization,” according to the company’s website. A Type I civilization, also called a planetary civilization, is defined as one that can use and store all of the energy available on its planet.