The Ocean Cleanup Project was founded by a teenager!

So I just learned this morning (h/t @Karl_Schaefer) that The Ocean Cleanup project was founded by, then, 18-year old, Boyan Slat. If you haven’t checked out their work (at least watch the video on their About page), it’s simply incredible.


The fact that Boyan was 18 when starting this effort is a great example of the type of work we aim to accomplish through Pactful. Helping teenagers learn how to develop an innovator’s mindset and the confidence to go forth and build a better world is what drives us. Here’s a little background:

Boyan Slat, CEO & Founder

Inventor since birth. Founded The Ocean Cleanup at age 18. Youngest ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade; Champion of the Earth in 2015. Awarded the maritime industry’s Young Entrepreneur Award in 2015 by HM King Harald of Norway.

Chosen as European of the Year by Readers Digest in 2017. Member of the Thiel Fellowship.

Please share more success stories like this with the community. So cool.


This is fabulous! Just ordered a pair of sunglasses to support their amazing work!

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