Elliot Roth


Elliot is the founder of Spira, a company that creates delicious spirulina as an ingredient for food companies. Spira has received awards from RebelBio, Lighthouse Labs, the World Food Programme, Halcyon Incubator, BeGreen, CommBeBiz, and NSF. He has presented at SXSW, Synbiobeta and Thought for Food. Elliot is a Kairos Fellow, a Seasteading Ambassador, and sits on the Virginia Governor’s Council for Youth Entrepreneurship. Before Spira, Elliot graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering; he trained at the Stanford d.School, studied synthetic biology for 10 years and worked for 5 years as a product consultant. He previously founded 6 failed startups, 3 DIYbio labs, and 2 successful nonprofits and raised over $500,000 for various startups. He is incredibly motivated to solve physiological needs using simple biological design. In his spare time he plays music, and is working on side projects to launch raw materials into space, make firefighting airships and open-access health clinics on the ocean.