Founder & Chief Executive Officer Scholly
Christopher Gray is the founder and chief executive officer of Scholly, a mobile and web app that helps students 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. Read More >
TEDx: Dare to Be Great
Tying Financial Success with Social Impact
Change the Narrative
Redefining Scholarships for Low-Income Students
Raised by a single mother of three and often homeless, Christopher is no stranger to struggle. At an early age, he understood that education was the only way to conquer his circumstances. Determined to attend and graduate college, Christopher needed money to achieve his dream. This talk will focus on Christopher’s self-motivation, how he rose above unfortunate circumstances to find more than $1.3 million in college scholarships, what he learned from the experience, and how he filled a need in the marketplace by creating web and mobile app, Scholly.
This talk provides insight on approaching and pitching investors; taking an idea to product, and, ultimately, the marketplace. Using personal examples, Christopher will discuss the skills, resources, and tools needed for young innovators to create and fund an enterprise.
Now, more than ever, advances in technology help nonprofit organizations worldwide advance their missions and allow corporations to fulfill their commitment to social responsibility where their employees live and work. This talk focuses on Scholly’s commitment to make quality education accessible and affordable to everyone.
Diversity drives better products, increased revenue opportunities, and ultimately a more cultured workforce. In this talk, Christopher will discuss how diversity allows companies to create better products that resonate with a large market, how it increase revenues, and, ultimately creates a more cultured workforce that is better enabled to serve customers and create a comfortable, inclusive environment for everyone. Christopher will also provide insight and recommendations for how companies can work differently with recruiters to change the way we think and bring different candidates to the table at the talent acquisition stage - within tech start-ups as well as generally.
Student debt in the United States is a whopping $1.3 trillion. There is a lot of scholarship money available. The problem is finding it. In this talk, Christopher will discuss how Scholly is tackling the student debt crisis in the United States, as well as give suggestions on ways to minimize college debt and how doing so will affect career and lifestyle.
An innovative civic and social entrepreneur, Christopher will draw from personal experience to speak about his commitment to education in order to empower and inspire youth worldwide to stay in school, provide ways to pay for college and stay out of debt, achieve academic goals, and advance earning potential.
"Mr. Gray's presentation was insightful and extremely fascinating. His journey as an entrepreneur is inspiring and we learned a lot from the perspectives and experiences he candidly shared with us."
"Chris Gray electrified an audience of 1000 digital media influencers from across Eurasia with his inspiring story of launching Scholly. Chris' master class motivated tech entrepreneurs from 15 countries to be bold in pursuing their business ideas, and gave the region's students concrete tools to pursue academic scholarships. Chris was generous with his advice, a joy to work with, and a crowd favorite. We'd be glad to have him back again."
"Innovative leader … change agent … social impact – phrases to describe Christopher Gray and his Scholly app. This young man has changed the mind-numbing search for financial aid and placed a powerful resource in the palm of students’ hands. It was great to see and hear his story of identifying a problem/challenge and creating an impactful solution."
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