Boyan Slat is an aquapreneur who focuses on cleaning up the oceans of plastics. He is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup.
Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and is a laureate of the 2014 United Nations Champions of the Earth award, the organization's highest environmental accolade.
The Ocean Cleanup
In June 2014, he led an international team of 100 scientists and engineers for a year on the concept that turned out to be 'likely a technically feasible and financially viable' method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years' time. A subsequent crowd funding campaign then raised close to $2.2 million that enabled the organization to start the pilot phase.