Every year, leading business publication Forbes recognizes the force of young (under 30) entrepreneurs who are making waves in a number of sectors. Their prestigious award, “Forbes 30 Under 30”, creates annual cohorts of the most revolutionary movers and shakers of the year. This is particularly special for us, as we celebrate young entrepreneurship everyday - we have the same breadth of talent, skill, and ideation within the Next Gen community, and share the same values that Forbes promulgates. We would like to celebrate our beloved Next Gen members who received the Forbes 30 Under 30 honor this year.
Jihad and cofounder Dani Arnaout created Abstract Layer: an AI technology that increases the efficiency and ease of programming for app development. Abstract Layer is informed by their experience with their first startup, app Saily, which was acquired by Mercari in Japan.
In the Enterprise Technology sector, Micah has created the adorable and incredibly useful Rosie - a robot to aid in the speed and efficiency of cleaning floors. Tailored towards the hospitality industry, Maidbot does the chores so employees don’t have to - which collects data and decreases the risk of worker injury. Micah has also been recognized as one of the youngest of all Forbes 30 Under 30 recipients.
Ivonna’s genius strikes at the intersection of athleticism and artificial intelligence as she places in the Healthcare sector: her product (cofounded with Gabrielle Levac), Fathom AI, pairs with wearable devices to formulate training regimens that decrease the risk of injuries.
Laila, in the Media sector, cofounded platform the Tempest, which celebrates the multiculturalism of women through its portal for diverse storytelling. These stories are written by over 1,000 contributors and reach the eyes and hearts of over three million monthly readers.
Allyson was awarded in the education sector for her work as the program manager of the highly esteemed Thiel Fellowship, which financially enables college students aged 22 and under to drop out of college to pursue their entrepreneurial idea. Her devotion to the encouragement of young entrepreneurs has changed the trajectory of many lives.
Jess and her childhood best friend Sarah Ribner are recognized in the Retail and E-Commerce Sector for PiperWai - a natural deodorant that you may have seen on Shark Tank. The product has been an instant success and shows no signs of slowing down with its increasing customer base.
Ryan scores in the education sector for Jopwell, the new LinkedIn - tailored towards minority students and young professionals, Jopwell’s platform facilitates connections with big companies to aid in the job application process. He already has over 70 companies on the platform.
Lisa Wang, our keynote speaker for last weekend’s NGS@Harvard event, was celebrated in the Venture Capital sector for her company, SheWorx, which promotes female entrepreneurs in the venture capital space. Because of her devotion to gender equality in venture capital, over 600 female founders and 100 investors have come together in cities around the world including New York City, London, San Francisco.