A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended our event. We are extremely grateful you have taken the time to join us, and we hope you have found the session interesting and informative. At Techunicorn, we'd like to think a debate is only finished when you say it is, so if you have any burning questions you'd like to ask or issues you'd like to raise, you can do so at our online blog.

We are looking forward to meeting you to continue the discussions, and watch this space for the next event from Techunicorn!


Will tech unicorns save our planet?


In popular fiction, unicorns are a symbol of peace, harmony, and wisdom. These virtues are the hallmarks of a sustainable planet and in the first of a series of discussions on the broader role of tech start-ups in society, we will explore whether these virtues symbolise the unicorns we see in real life.

On one hand

We see unicorns giving away their patentscreating communities of micro-enterprises at scale; and taking a firm stance not to let money corrupt their mission. Are these unicorns our planet's last hope? If so, should we do more to inspire a new generation of socially responsible unicorns?

On the other hand

We see unicorns creating social unrestignoring the rights of their employees; and aggressively building the same network of unsustainable suppliers as their competitors. In their relentless drive to become the industry leaders of tomorrow, are unicorns creating a world in which technology is threatening the future of our planet?

In this session, we will explore how tech firms create and destroy value; how we can distinguish between good and bad disruption; and the ways in which a new breed of start-ups value themselves by their broader contribution to society.


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