Felipe Izquierdo is a 4th year BCom Finance student who takes social entrepreneurship to heart. He was selected to attend One Young World Summit in Thailand’s capital city on the week of November 18 to 21. “Attending the One Young World summit in Bangkok is like being able -- in only a few days -- to travel the world and learn about the global problems directly from youth leaders that are working at the front lines in their countries and communities,” he says. Felipe was able to discuss solutions and projects about human rights, the environment, global business and entrepreneurship, peace, security, leadership and government with other student leaders. He admits that the atmosphere in a room where people from 196 countries all come together to be united by humanity and passion for tackling world issues is overwhelming and “hard to put into words.” He had the opportunity to attend as part of the student organization Enactus uOttawa.

Additionally to Enactus, Felipe is involved with the Legacy Conference, an entrepreneurship-focused event founded by a group of students with a goal to cultivate new ideas and kickstart business endeavors, as well as Omnium Financier Telfer, as the Director of Community Involvement, where he organizes volunteer events for finance and accounting students. He is also a Community Advisor for the University of Ottawa Housing Services. Felipe says that his favourite class taken at Telfer so far has been Stephen Daze and Hanan Anis’ new course, “Entrepreneurship Foundry”, because of the hands-on aspect of it. Felipe enjoys having the  opportunity to - with other entrepreneurs from uOttawa - work on a start-up throughout the semester with the support of very successful mentors.

The One Young World Summit will be held in Ottawa in 2016. Click here for more information.