#11 Isabella Grandic - The Teenager Who's Growing Meat In a Lab & Ending Maternal Mortality
"When I commit to something, I COMMIT to it. No baby steps. It might be an extreme path for some, but I've always learned the most from trying the extremes and then working backwards"
Isabella Grandic is one of the most interesting teenagers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Ambitious and enthusiastic in equal measure, Izzy is part of The Knowledge Society, a human accelerator for young minds that seeks to produce the next generation of innovators.
At just 15 years old, she was invited by the Microsoft Senior Leadership Team to keynote on the topic of food tech. At 16, she was flown to Sweden to present at the IKEA Leadership Summit, and later that year she spoke at the world’s biggest Tech Conference, Web Summit. She’s consulted for companies like Walmart, Google, and Aleph Farms, a food-tech startup that grows cuts of meat from beef cells using a 3D tissue engineering platform. Lab Grown Meat is not that far from becoming a commercial reality on our supermarket shelves, so it was interesting for me to learn a little bit more on the topic, and how this might really move the needle when it comes to solving for animal cruelty and climate change.
I also wanted to catch up with her to discuss her latest project (a social enterprise run entirely from her bedroom during the pandemic) which has the lofty and admirable goal of ending maternal mortality in Nigeria. Izzy only just turned 17, and there is plenty to be worried about in the world just now. But, if the rest of Generation Z turns out to be anything like Izzy, it’s easy to feel more optimistic about the future of our planet. The kids are most definitely, alright.
Izzy on Medium
The Knowledge Society
Aleph Farms - Meat without the animals
Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari
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