Joshua Onysko Mentor 2012
Living in: Boulder, CO — United States
- - Founder and CEO of Pangea Organics
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Sales
Describe yourself briefly.
It was his personal devotion and commitment to inspiring social sustainability that sparked the inception of Pangea Organics five years ago. He devised the selling of the highest quality organic, personal care products as a means to an even greater end. After seven years of traveling to the likes of India, Nepal, and Tibet, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Thailand, Onysko had an epiphany: He realized that corporations were inheriting the earth and that by leading by example there was potential to influence others to reconsider their ways. He shared with his friend Tom that he dreamed of starting an Institute to aid existing corporations in learning to become more socially responsible and environmentally sound and also to act as an incubator for start-ups. Tom looked at him and uttered those life-altering words: "You should start a soap factory to fund the project and you should call it Pangea." Two days later Onysko took these words to heart, literally. He up and moved to Boulder, Co, landed a a job as a baker at Whole Foods, and made soap in his garage at night.