Forbes Releases 2019 ‘30 under 30’ List of Young Entrepreneurs

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Forbes releases 2019 ‘30 under 30’ list

Forbes magazine has released its latest ‘30 under 30’ list of the most influential and successful young entrepreneurs in North America. The 2019 list features 600 entrepreneurs, with 30 recorded in 20 different industries.

The industries range from retail & ecommerce, to healthcare, science, sports, music and education. Other ‘30 under 30’ lists for Asia, Africa and Europe will be released shortly.

In the education sector featured entrepreneurs included 27-year-old New Yorker Vanessa Luma, who co-founded ImmSchools last year to help teachers support children of illegal immigrants to the United States, and Abigail Harrison, co-founder of the Mars Generation. She is a leading advocate for space travel with more than 1m followers on Instagram.

Healthcare sector entrepreneurs included Anna Chif, 29, who co-founded Dialogue – a telehealth platform that brings doctors to busy businesses to help reduce sick days and keep staff health, and Tyler Clites, 28, an MIT researcher who builds prosthetic limbs that communicate directly with the central nervous system. 

In the energy sector Bangladeshi migrant Sunny Sarwar, 28, is helping Kansas City reduce its energy consumption by installing huge rooftop solar panels. Meanwhile Austin Sendek from California has founded AIONICS to accelerate the evolution of battery technology through machine learning.


Intensive degrees in UK

Accelerated degrees will soon be on offer to students in the UK. The Department for Education has given the green light to plans to allow university to offer degrees that can be completed in just two years.

The idea is to provide more flexibility and choice for people who want to undertake a degree but have less time and money. Instead of completing three years with 30 weeks studying per annum, there will be two years, each with 45 weeks. The courses will be on average 20% cheaper than traditional courses and provide the same level of academic qualification. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: “Accelerated degrees not only make it possible for the next generation of students to access higher education but drives the sector to offer dynamic choices that serve students’ needs.”

“Providers will be able to tap into a new market of students, particularly mature students and those who commute, who were previously locked out of higher education.

“This provision creates a new arena of competition that delivers for students, taxpayers and employers.”

A contrasting voice was chief executive of the Russell Group, which represents dozens of UK universities, Dr Tim Bradshaw: “We actually hear many students calling for four-year degrees, for example, to spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad,” he said. “Doing a more compressed degree also reduces the opportunity for part-time work, potentially increasing short-term financial pressure.”


EU Social Innovation Competition winners named

After more than 700 entries from 39 countries, three winners have been declared in the EU Social Innovation Competition. Funded by the European Commission, the awards were given out to ideas which best promoted jobs and opportunities for young people. Each of the winners demonstrated innovation, the use of new technology, and a sustainable business model for helping European youth secure employment. Each of them won €50,000 to help fund their idea.

The winners were as follows:

Ulisse is a digital platform developed in Italy which helps create and sell holiday packages for deaf people, and help deaf people get jobs in the tourism industry. Career Bus was founded in Romania to help young people in rural parts of the country work out which career path is best for them. It has an actual bus which travels the country with virtual reality headsets and brochures to engage with high-school students.

HeritageLab encourages young people to start businesses in the heritage sector of Slovenia. It provides training and mentoring and focuses especially on culture, heritage, museums and tourism. A special award was also given to one of the semi-finalists. Mouse4All from Spain won the 2018 Impact Prize. It helps people with severe physical disabilities gain access to specially designed smartphones, laptops and tablets, which are now sold in Europe, the US and Canada.

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