Fionn Ferreira

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Fionn's passion is to invent devices and processes to conserve and protect our environment from threats. He has invented a device for the removal of microplastics from water using magnetic ferrofluid.

Having grown up by the seashore in West Cork, Ireland, Fionn feels that the wellbeing of our environment must be one of our top priorities. He has given talks about how this can be achieved as well as holding regular workshops for budding environmental activists to find their niche.

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Environ­mental Activist

Entrepreneur

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Fionn's startup aims to make microplastic removal a standard win water treatment on a global scale. He is currently developing his inventions for their commercialization and application through help from Robert Downey Jr's Footprint Coalition.

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Fionn is a 20-year-old student, scientist, anti-plastic pollution innovator focusing on solving the plastic pollution crisis. Growing up by the seashore in Ireland, he became passionate about solving the microplastic issue. Fionn built several inventions to test for these microplastics and he decided to invent a method to remove microplastics from water himself.

Following many failed attempts, he made a device that uses a magnet-based method to remove the particles from water with high extraction rates as well as being environmentally safe. Fionn won the 2019 Google Science Fair for his invention and founded Fionn & Co. in 2020, where he is using his method to build a device for the efficient removal of microplastics from water on a large scale. His startup is being supported by Robert Downey Jr's Footprint Coalition.

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While Fionn is at university studying Chemistry, he is a sought-after keynote speaker. He regularly contributes to World Economic Forum, Vivatech, Smithsonian, National Geographic and other events that advance the transition towards a circular economy. He was also named a Forbes 30 under 30. Fionn’s new startup Glic aims to be an online platform hub for young inventors, scientists and innovators to communicate and obtain a toolset of resources to bring their ideas to life.

He believes inspiring others to invent is of high importance and is therefore working on several TV shows and his first book to inspire more people to take action.

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Speaker

Fionn passionately speaks about his experiences as a young inventor, environmental activist and his views on how we can achieve a more circular economy. He has spoken at many events including The World Economic Forum, VivaTech, Regeneron ISEF, Smithsonian, National Geographic and many more.

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Brand ambassador

Fionn has a large following of people wishing to improve the state of the environment. He has worked with several high-profile brands including HP.

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Collaborator

Inspiring people to become change-makers is of high importance. Fionn enjoys to share his view ideas and advice in video, podcast and other formats.

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Ideas?

Being an inventor and scientist, Fionn loves to experiment and try things out! Feel free to reach out if you have an idea.

Achievements

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2nd Place Award Winner at ISEF

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2019
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Google Science Fair Global Winner

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Straubel Leadership Award

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2020
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World Economic Forum Speaker

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HP Global Commercial Ambassador

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Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit Speaker

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2021
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National Geographic Young Explorer

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GPAP Young Plastic Action Champion

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Forbes 30 under 30 Listee

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Renaissance Award Winner

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