Round Table Talk: Meg Patridge '14, Co-Founder of Deià
Date and Time:
Location: Entrepreneurial Hub, Event Room 115
The Keller Center is pleased to welcome Meg Partridge '14, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Deià, back to Princeton on Wednesday, April 5, for a round table talk with students. Meg, an alum of the eLab Summer Accelerator Class of 2014, will share her experiences with life as a Princeton student and entrepreneur co-founding her own startup in New York City. This talk is open to undergrads, grads, and postdocs. Dinner will be served and registration is required.
Meg Partridge Bio
Megan Partridge is the Founder & Creative Director of Deià and an award-winning social entrepreneur. She started Deià to realize her vision of a new luxury that would bring together the best of beautiful design and social impact, celebrating the rarest artisanal skills from regions of the world where circumstances of poverty and conflict have overshadowed a rich cultural heritage and tradition of artistry. Prior to Deià, Megan was the Harry J. Ott Fellow at The Coca-Cola Company, focused on new methods for unlocking wealth in off-grid rural markets while empowering local women retailers. She worked with Ashoka’s venture team investing in high-impact entrepreneurs in the Indian sub-continent and was a founding Director of The Sustainable Fashion Initiative, advancing research to improve the global apparel industry’s social and environmental footprint.
At the age of 17, she launched a low-cost ceramic water purification technology in Africa, coordinating supply chain operations across Kenya, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso and spearheading a grassroots marketing strategy that effectively positioned the technology as a prized possession for the home. The experience shaped her early fascination with entrepreneurship in emerging economies and sparked her passion for the power of design to transform lives. Megan has been recognized as one of ten worldwide recipients of the United Nations Achievers Award for her work advancing sustainable design and development and was an inaugural Keller Center Fellow in Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship at Princeton University. She received a B.S.E. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Princeton and currently resides in New York City.