Jason Hope, an entrepreneur, futurist, philanthropist and investor, uses his success in business to contribute to future research and leaders that will improve our society. Born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, he earned his degree in finance from Arizona State University, and he obtained his MBA from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he oversees his investments, and helps future entrepreneurs get their projects off to a start.
He hopes to spark creativity and future ideas by offering high school seniors and college students a financial grant to get started. By submitting your technology ideas and plans, he will look over them on a case-by-case basis. Those ideas which he chooses to fund can get anywhere from $500 to $5,000. Jason Hope understands coming up with a great idea usually isn’t the hardest part, it’s having the financial means to do so. He hopes this grant will help future entrepreneurs do just that.
One of the more well-known contributions Jason Hope has made in recent years is to the SENS Research Foundation. In 2010, he donated a sizable amount of $500,000 to aid in the research of anti-aging. The idea of anti-aging is to prevent certain diseases from actually developing, as opposed to trying to cure them after they have developed. Diseases that cause the body to break down faster, such as lung disease and Alzheimer, are usually treated only after they have developed with very little success. SENS is taking a different approach when it comes to such diseases, and Jason believes such research should be funded.
Aubrey de Grey, SENS Foundation CSO, went into more detail on how Jason Hope’s donation will be put to use. Research will go into the unwanted accumulation of molecular bonds between proteins that hold cells of the artery in place. This extra buildup is what causes our arteries to harden, often referred to as arteriosclerosis. By preventing this from occurring, we can prevent a long list of diseases from occurring. This can lead to high blood pressure in the elderly, which if not properly taken care of can cause diabetes. Both diseases cause the body to age faster than it normally would, so SENS is looking forward to preventing such scenarios. Thanks to Jason Hope’s donation, this and other research can now take place.
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