Alexandre Mars is a serial entrepreneur and engaged philanthropist who started his first venture at 17. Over the past 15 years, he successfully launched and sold several companies in Europe and the United States across sectors spanning business and technology. In 1996, he founded A2X — one of Europe’s first web agencies — at age 21. He ran his own venture fund, Mars Capital, from 1998-2001. In 2001, he founded the mobile marketing firm Phonevalley and within a few years, the company became the largest mobile marketing agency in Europe and was acquired by Publicis Groupe in 2007. He sold ScrOOn — a social media management system he launched in 2006 — to Blackberry in 2013.
Mars is passionate about fighting inequalities. In 2014, he founded Epic Foundation to bridge the gap between a new generation of donors — philanthropists, corporations and foundations — and organizations supporting children and youth globally. Epic is developing new tools focused on enhancing how donors select, monitor and experience their impact. His vision is to disrupt the philanthropic industry by combining technology and partnerships with change-making leadership.
Mars lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children, who he adores traveling with. Passionate about music and sports, Mars enjoys jazz music and watching Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Saints and New York Yankees games. He ran both the Paris and New York City Marathons and practices mixed martial arts.