Justin Lafazan – Co-founded Next Gen Summit and Wrote the Best-Selling Book What Wakes You Up?: Designing Kick-Ass Lives Through Entrepreneurship
Justin Lafazan is the co-founder of Next Gen, the premier community and conference for millennial entrepreneurs. He has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post and Inc. Magazine. He is an experienced entrepreneur, speaker, and best-selling author. Next Gen curates the brightest and most talented young founders worldwide, and provides them with resources for their personal and professional growth through funding, mentorship, and vendor relationships. Next Gen Summit is a must-attend event, winning various accolades. Forbes called it a “1 in 5 can’t miss events” and Entrepreneur Magazine said its “1 in 7 of the best events for entrepreneurs under 30.” In December 2015, Justin published his best-selling book, “What Wakes You Up?” It received praise from the founders of UGG, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chuck-E-Cheese, and more.
Phillip Racusin – CEO and Co-Founder of EnergyFunders
Phillip Racusin is running and developing the first crowdfunding oil and gas platform that pools investor money to invest directly in in oil and gas projects. EnergyFunders members get access to oil and gas projects vetted by his team and lawyers with experience protecting the interests of business clients. Members can diversify across multiple wells and multiple oil and gas operators, with minimums as low as $5,000. Projects are completely transparent, a rarity in the oil and gas industry. You will never pay a middleman, but instead get industry experts working on your behalf. What a great idea.
Now in its second year, the C3 Prize is designed to support bright ideas and potential solutions for cancer. Diane Jooris is the co-founder of Oncomfort™, a health-tech company that uses VR systems to help patients by providing anxiety and pain self-management tools, and is this year’s winner! She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and International Relations as well as a Juris Doctor degree in Law. Diane was a Mind-Body Intervention Specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center and has over 20 years in corporate marketing and project management experience. Diane is using the C3 Prize grant to help her develop a new virtual reality module and will be a judge for the next C3 Prize.