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The Social Impact Startup

Jan 10, 2022

Alexia Akbay is one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in the social impact space for 2021 and the founder of Symbrosia, a climate tech company that is reducing livestock methane emissions with seaweed.


Alexia comes from a family of entrepreneurs which allowed her to become familiar with taking risks. Receiving both her undergrad and graduate degrees in Chemistry, Alexia discovered a paper during grad school that brought her attention to this incredible seaweed. She believes in translating research and conversations into action, which is why she launched Symbrosia where they’ve been addressing climate change mindfully since 2018.


In our conversation we discuss:


  • How Symbrosia is providing a solution without exploiting the ocean environment
  • The importance of respecting, perpetuating and uplifting Indigenous knowledge when it comes to sustainable practices
  • Why she believes that it’s not a money issue in terms of solving climate change
  • And why it’s important to promote yourself and your company in ways that feel authentic to you


As a leader in the social impact space, Alexia believes that  “change is inevitable but adaptation is optional” and in order to solve the most pressing problems in our rapidly changing world, you need to be willing to continuously learn and adapt.



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