Mike Del Ponte
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  • "They are obsessed with innovating on every level, and when you use the product, you can tell."
    -Tim Ferriss, Author of "The 4-Hour Workweek"

  • "Mike Del Ponte is the Willy Wonka of water."
    -Ido Leffler, Co-Founder of Yes To Carrots

  • "The hardest thing to do is to combine great design and sustainability into a killer user experience, and that's what these guys have done."
    -Eric Ryan, Co-Founder of Method

  • "Mike’s life is a clear example of his mantra: to seek where our personal passions and talents meet the world’s needs. Like so many others that night who heard Mike speak, I walked away feeling convicted to relentlessly pursue my own vocational journey one step at a time."
    -Valparaiso University

Mike Del Ponte

Mike is the co-founder and CEO of Soma, the smart, beautiful, sustainable water filter. Soma was named one of "25 Companies The Will Change the World" by Inc. and the #1 Design Story of the Year by Fast Company.

Soma has partnered with David Beeman, one of the top filtration experts in the world, to create a filter that is not only effective, but also sustainable. The biodegradable filter is made of coconut shell carbon, silk, and a plant-based casing. Fresh filters are delivered to customers every two months on a convenient subscription and every Soma filter sold supports charity: water, a nonprofit organization on a mission to provide clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet.

Mike is the founder and former CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs. Mike's leadership earned Sparkseed a Financial Times Social Innovation Award and recognition in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

Before founding Sparkseed, Mike served as a Christian Peacemaker in the West Bank, an orphanage volunteer in Jamaica, a micro-finance consultant in Nepal, and a part of the team that designed a child health care program in Kutch, India. Mike has degrees from Boston College and Yale University.

Mike has spoken at numerous universities, conferences, and corporations, including Harvard Business School, Yale Law School, Pepperdine University, Duke University, Social Enterprise Conference, and more.

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