Paula Schwarz is a tech-entrepreneur and activist specializing in solving crises related to mass migration.
Throughout her career, Schwarz has supported oppressed groups and established multiple tech-based initiatives such as Refugee First Response Centers (www.mlove.org/mfrc/) and the Pythagoras Networking Academy, a technology-focused college funded by Google for Entrepreneurs and Cisco (www.netacad.com). She has worked closely with multiple UN institutions such as UNHCR, UNOPS, The World Food Programme, UNICEF and IOM.
She founded the World Datanomic Forum, where data is used to serve humanity rather than commerce. The World Datanomic Forum works closely with a broad network of interdisciplinary researchers, nonprofits, governments, and corporate actors to collect data and support solutions that create positive change related to pollution, global warming, mass migration and war crimes.
Paula Schwarz has two children and lives at the border between Greece and Turkey.
I created a mobile incubator called Startupboat.
On physical Startupboats, my teams and I have built solutions related to migration for refugees that have been used by 20 million users and more.
Projects that are created on Startupboats and that need to go through a scaling program are supported via StartupAid with funding, expertise and a strong network.
The latest result of Startupboat was the network Tech4Ukraine.
Titles & Awards
Deutschland.de Top 5 women to transform Germany since 2019
Ashoka Impact Award Greece (2016)
Special Appointee of the Vatican for data-related problem solving
Capital Magazine 2x listing as Top Innovator Under 40
Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship
Ex-Curator of the Refugee Taskforce of the World Economic Forum
Audi Generation Prize Nominee
Member of the Innovation Board at the X-Prize Foundation
Fellow of the Council for Creative Economy of the Republic of Germany