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BirthplaceBrooklyn, NY


University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction 2008

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Patrick Costello

Patrick Costello is an entrepreneur, renewable energy market expert and writer.

Patrick is a recent winner and alumnus of LeanStartupMachine as well as a recent alumnus of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac program.

He is the co-founder of two startups, Changecause, Inc. ( and Sapunda, Inc. (

Changecause is a donation platform that amplifies your donations while offering unprecedented savings and brand engagement to NGOs and advertising partners. Sapunda tracks the best new online videos before they go viral, rewards users for interacting with those videos, and gives users the power to influence what goes viral.

By day, Patrick works at ICF International as a renewable energy market economist. He has written extensively about energy markets both through ICF and as a freelance writer.

He graduated from the University of Virginia with Distinction in 2008 with a BA in Sociology and a focus in Media Studies.

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