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About Me

Meet Vincent

Vincent Arena is a systems designer and social entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable problem solving. Vincent has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). For the last two years, he has been working with family in Italy to build authentic Italian coffee and food brand, distribution company, and cafe franchise called Tazzetto. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, Tazzetto has built two operational café locations in Long Island and had products such as it's "edible biscotti cup" in over 300 stores in the US. Vincent is also the founder of Catalist, a digital social network and search engine aimed to connect people to unlock value and catalyze positive impact.

Vincent is a frequent speaker, student mentor, and event organizer at the Stanford d. school with the University Innovation Fellows program.

Bio April 2020:

Vincent Arena is a systems designer and social entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable problem solving. After receiving a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Vincent has spent the last two years building organizations and businesses centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Vincent currently serves as a co-founder of environmentally and culturally sustainable coffee company, Tazzetto, Director of Climate Action at the United Nations Association of Long Island, and founder of early stage startup Catalist. The mission of Catalist is to connect people to information that can catalyze them into action. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vincent spent the last few weeks helping co-create a mutual aid network on Long Island, and building systems to identify local needs and coordinate support efforts, such as food deliveries for those most vulnerable and affect by this pandemic. Vincent turned an early prototype of the site into COVID-19 List - a non-for profit platform to connect students, small business owners, and those in need to the information, resources, and other groups that can help them get through these tumultuous times.

"There is no such thing as a sustainable product in an unsustainable system."

Organizations Involved In:

Design For America

DFA Alumni, Spaker

Clinton Global Initiative

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Alumni - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Design Innovation and Society

University Innovation Fellows

UIGuide, Speaker, Coach, Facilitator

Cooperation Long Island

Coordination Committee Member and Technical Systems Designer

Beldolce Imports

Co-Founder

Tazzetto - Authentic Italian Cafe Franchise

Founder

United Nations Association - Long Island Chapter

Director of Climate Action and Sustainable Development Programs

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