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Across the globe, innovative entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join us as we profile the next generation of challenger companies and their startup stories to get an intimate view of where they are on their journey to transform an entire industry—and move the world.

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How VR Could Change Your Life
How VR Could Change Your Life
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How VR Could Change Your Life
Virtual reality could alter the human experience forever.
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December 26, 2016

Imagine if you could climb Mount Everest and go on stage at a Beyonce concert with your friends...before breakfast. Linc Gasking and his team of visual effects experts at 8i thinks they can make holograms of humans so real, that VR will go mainstream and they’ll alter the human experience forever.

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Building a Better School System
Building a Better School System
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Building a Better School System
A highly-personalized experience could be the foundation for the future of education.
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December 19, 2016

Everyone wants America’s education system to do better. Ex-Googler Max Ventilla has a radical idea for how to make it happen. Ventilla’s AltSchool is building a highly-personalized education experience that gets better and cheaper as more students use it.

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Powering the World With Nuclear
Powering the World With Nuclear
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Powering the World With Nuclear
Transatomic believes they've figured out a safe, scalable, cost-effective way to power the world with nuclear.
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December 12, 2016

Transatomic is designing a nuclear reactor that can produce a lot more electricity than a conventional reactor, while creating a lot less nuclear waste. But they’ll need to take on a deeply entrenched industry and convince a cautious public that they can safely harness the most powerful energy in the world.

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Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems?
Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems?
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Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems?
Vicarious believes smart machines could solve virtually every problem humans can’t.
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December 4, 2016

Scott Phoenix, cofounder of Vicarious, believes smart machines could one day cure cancer, create new forms of energy, and solve virtually every problem that humans simply can’t. With the support of investors like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, Vicarious is striving to bring about this future in our lifetimes.

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An App for Global Trade
An App for Global Trade
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An App for Global Trade
Flexport thinks bringing trade into the 21st century could improve lives around the globe.
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November 28, 2016

Flexport believes that nothing helps people improve their lives more than the ability to trade with one another. And, yet international shipping is still way too cumbersome. So Flexport built an in app to make it easier. If Flexport succeeds, nearly everything you buy will cost less.

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Fast Company presents a Freethink original series about entrepreneurs building companies that could transform entire industries and change the world.
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November 26, 2016

Across the globe, entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join us as we profile the next generation of challenger companies on their journey to transform an entire industry—and change the world.