Founder & CEO, Scholly
After winning $1.3 million in scholarships himself, Christopher Gray founded Scholly , an app that helps students easily find scholarships for college. Scholly was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank , landing a deal with Daymond John and Lori Greiner and sparking the biggest fight in Shark Tank history. To date, Scholly has over 1 million users and has helped students raise over $70 million in scholarships.
Christopher was named a 2015 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Social Entrepreneurship. He also was featured on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurship, making the top of the list. Christopher is also one of Oprah’s Inaugural Super Soul 100 honorees , Oprah’s list of her favorite people. Christopher has been featured in the New York Times , Forbes , Bloomberg , BET , Smithsonian Magazine , Cosmopolitan Magazine , Oprah Magazine and more for his work with Scholly and social entrepreneurship. He was also awarded the 2016 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Youth Achievement.
Description: Startups created by people of color and women currently receive less than three percent of all venture capital in the United States. This discussion will examine the challenges of securing capital for underrepresented techprenuers and how some are choosing to solve the problem by creating their own platforms.