HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Christopher Gray

CEO of Scholly, Shark Tank Alumni, and Author of Go Where There is No Path


  • Breaking into the Tech Startup Arena Without Following the Conventional Path
  • The Crisis of College Affordability
  • How the New Breed of Millennial Social Entrepreneurs Are Creating Profitable Startups and Solving Social Crises
  • The Inspiration behind Go Where There is No Path
  • The Impact of Education and the Role of the Government in Paying Off Student Debt
  • Scholly and the Roles it Plays in Being an Equalizer for Educational Access


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Christopher Gray, the son of a single working mother, grew up in deep poverty in Birmingham, Alabama. An academic star, he had every qualification for attending a top college—except for the financial means. Desperate, Gray headed off the beaten path, searching online to apply for every scholarship he could find.  His hustle resulted in awards of 1.3 million dollars and became his call to action to help other students win their own “schollys.” It inspired him to start up Scholly, an app that matches college applicants with millions of dollars in outside scholarships that often go unclaimed. When he was a senior at Drexel University, he appeared on Shark Tank as CEO of Scholly. In the most heated fight in the show’s history, he netted deals from Lori Grenier and Daymond John. Today, the app has 4 million subscribers who have won scholarships totaling more than $100 million. Proof of what is possible when you are willing to put in the work, Gray shares his journey in his book Go Where There is No Path: Stories of Hustle, Grit, Scholarship, and Faith (William Morrow).

 Go Where There is No Path is an engaging account of how to build a business through work that can change lives. Gray’s story is proof that when you develop a mindset for success, you turn disadvantages into gold. And when you create opportunities for others, you enrich the marketplace for yourself too.  Gray shows us that we can carve out new paths to better days and leave trails for others.

An agent of change, Gray inspires audiences across the globe through his journey and experiences offering a unique perspective and the actionable tools to change your life and leave your mark on the world.

Gray is a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine, has made the top of the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurship, and was one of Oprah’s Inaugural Super Soul 100 honorees as one of her favorite people. He is the recipient of the 2016 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award. Gray has served as the U.S. Embassy Speaker for the U.S. State Department. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles.

Praise for Go Where There Is No Path:

"Go Where There is No Path is an unforgettable read. It has everything: an inspiring, against-all-odds story of growing up as the son of a single teenage mom, an entrepreneurial tale of a young black gay man whose dorm room start-up has become a marketplace legend, and a blueprint for success—for anyone willing to take roads never traveled."
-- Chris Gardner, author of the #1 New York Times Bestsellers, The Pursuit of Happyness, Start Where You Are, and Permission to Dream

"When Chris began his pitch on Shark Tank, I was immediately captivated. As an investor, I love profitable ideas that can make a difference in people’s lives. So when I heard the idea of an app to help students find money for higher education, that’s all I needed to hear before making an offer. In Go Where There Is No Path, he provides a master class in paving your own way to success. Chris is one of a kind and so too is his story of turning a million-dollar idea into a reality.”
-- Lori Greiner, inventor, entrepreneur, TV personality and bestselling author

“In The Power of Broke I devoted a chapter to Christopher Gray and his unstoppable search for resources in pursuit of his dreams. His personal story of raising 1.3 million dollars for higher education really resonated with me as someone who was working full time and unable to afford to go to college. When I heard how he had learned to apply the lessons of hustle, grit, scholarship and faith that he saw all around him, I knew that I had to be a part of the Scholly ride. At every turn, Chris has expanded his vision. He merges lessons from the street with all he’s learned as a Millennial tech entrepreneur, offering guidance for all who aspire to greatness. Chris has made his sharks proud."
-- Daymond John, CEO of FUBU, TV personality and bestselling author

"Gray represents a new breed of entrepreneur—one who at 22 changed the financial landscape for students from every background and who is now empowering the next generation of scholars and entrepreneurs. His book reveals how he pursued a vision that became Scholly—and is radically changing the status quo—and how you too can draw from your own story to stand out from all the rest.”
-- Jesse Williams, activist, former public school teacher, actor, director, producer, and leading brand ambassador for Scholly