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Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Biz Kid$ – Three Minutes to Change the World

(Rochester, NY) – WXXI's Emmy Award-winning financial literacy series Biz Kid$ returns with a new one-hour special Biz Kid$ — Three Minutes to Change the World, premiering Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), and on public television stations across the country.

The special follows four young people around the globe as they compete in an international contest for social entrepreneurs. Sharing their passions, as well as the joys and hardships they encountered when developing their ideas, these four semi-finalists have just three minutes to pitch their projects to some of the world’s most influential technology leaders.

Viewers meet Vineet Singal, Eden Full, Karthik Naralasetty, and Vivek Nair, and then are introduced to their projects. Eden is working to reduce the cost of electrifying the developing world through an improved solar power system called the SunSaluter. This system captures up to 40% more energy than existing systems. After learning about the shortage of blood donors in India, Karthik created socialblood.net to connect blood donors to those who need it most. He hopes to deploy localized versions of the social networking platform around the globe where similar problems exist. Vineet is determined to break the cycle of chronic, preventable diseases among high-need populations through interactive health education applications, such as his Anjna Patient Education. Vivek reduces the environmental impact of carbon emissions through his company Damascus Fortune, which converts industrial waste into carbon nanotubes. Nanotubes are used to increase the strength of steel, rubber, and other materials. His technique reduces the cost of producing nanotubes from $400 to $1 per gram.

Who will use their three minutes to become the winner of the “Ashoka Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition”? Tune in to find out.






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