Daniela Blanco hopes someday she’ll change the world.
In the documentary Own the Room, she already took that first step.
The chemical engineer from New York University was one of five young student entrepreneurs featured in the documentary in a worldwide business competition. It follows five entrepreneurs from different corners of the planet vying for the top prize at the annual Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
The five chosen students included Santosh from a small farming town in Nepal; Alondra works at the register of her family’s bakery in Puerto Rico; Henry is a programming wiz from Nairobi; Jason is a marketing machine from Greece; and Daniel, an immigrant fleeing from the Venezuelan crisis and taking on the chemistry industry from her lab at NYU.
Each of the business hopefuls had to overcome great obstacles in pursuing their dreams from hurricanes to poverty, to even civil unrest. As they represent their countries as the top student entrepreneurs, they’ll have a chance to gain worldwide recognition and the coveted $100,000 grand prize money to make their business dream into reality and change the world.
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This is the sophomore documentary from the filmmakers Cristina Constantini and Darren Foster, who won an Emmy Award and Dupont Award for Science Fair.
LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with Daniela Blanco, one of the five documentary subjects in the film. She is a chemical scientist looking for a way to efficiently process a safer renewable chemical process in products in hopes to use fewer resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As one of the co-founders of Sunthetics, she hopes to launch the business into a powerhouse that changes the industry forever.
Own the Room documentary premieres on Disney+ today as part of the National Geographic Documentary Film series.
Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.