A Quest to Lift the Next Generation

  • Sunwoo Hwang
  • CEO, Sixup

Focus: Insights + Discovery

Sunwoo Hwang’s story is inspiring. A first-generation college graduate and Judo National Champion, he’s a passionate advocate for young people facing the same challenges he faced–full of ambition, full of ability, but lacking the means or mentors necessary to reach their potential.

Realizing his path to the American dream led through college, but unable to pay and unsure of his options, Sunwoo used the only resource he had, working as many as nine jobs to pay for college. He knew there had to be a better way.

After a successful career in global management consulting and working at SaaS technology companies, he came full circle. In early 2014, he started Sixup to apply his life experience, thinking, and energy to solve one of the most difficult problems facing the United States–access to higher education and economic mobility for the underserved.

At Sixup, they believe that the path to and through college and the student loan financing system are broken and must be fixed. Like Sunwoo, many of his team are high-achieving, low-income students and the first in their families to go to college. They made it, while many of their peers did not.

In this conversation, Sunwoo and Free Range founder and partner Jonah Sachs discuss the application of innovation, creativity and community to serve and lift up the next generation.

Learn more about Sixup and the work they are doing here.


"What is Sixup"


"Sunwoo's Story"


"Advice for Social Entrepreneurs"


"On Experience and Empathy"


"On Risk and Discipline"


"Future of Work and Education"