Robyn Scott: Robyn is CEO and Co-Founder of OneLeap. She is also Co-Founder and Chair of Mothers for All, Botswana’s only grassroots national non-profit. Backed by Barclays Bank and the EU and featured in Oprah’s magazine, Mothers for All teaches entrepreneurship skills to AIDS orphan caregivers. Her first book is a best-selling memoir about growing up in Botswana against the AIDS epidemic. She is currently writing her second book, Big Like Coca-Cola, the true story of a group of maximum security prisoners in South Africa’s most violent prison who adopted AIDS orphans. She is an Ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, a Global Ambassador for Sandbox Network, a mentor at Skoll’s Emerge Social Venture Lab. She has worked for BP, the Financial Times and Investec Bank. She has a BSc Bioinformatics from Auckland University and an MPhil Bioscience Enterprise Distinction from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar. She is a fellow of the RSA and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She was one of WIRED Magazine’s 50 People About to Change the World in 2012.
OneLeap: OneLeap enables enterprising people, whatever their background, to get directly through to people who make things happen. Swamped with emails and network requests, decision-makers often focus their scarce attention on their traditional networks. OneLeap democratizes access by putting value back into online contact. Anyone prepared to “put their money where their mouth is” can send a short message to any of the business leaders, innovators or investors profiled on the platform where 80% of the modest fee goes to the recipient’s charity. Senders get a guaranteed response or a 100% refund in 10 days. Recipients choose their maximum monthly messages and the market sets the fee. OneLeap encourages “pull” connections: users specify what they’re interested in, creating more relevant, high value connections for both sides. Outcomes of connections range from entrepreneurs meeting senior people at Virgin, Pearson and MTV and a side variety of investment connections, to a deal between a London hedge fund and a Hong Kong specialist in financial products innovation.