On January 3rd, Forbes released their coveted Top 30 Under 30 List. The list spans 20 different industries, with 30 game changers in each category – that’s 600 innovative entrepreneurs that are making a mark in their particular niche. The categories are as follows:

  • Art & Style
  • Consumer Tech
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Tech
  • Finance
  • Food & Drink
  • Games
  • Healthcare
  • Hollywood & Entertainment
  • Law & Policy
  • Manufacturing & Industry
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Media
  • Music
  • Retail & E-commerce
  • Science
  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Sports
  • Venture Capital

Forbes states to have received over 15,000 applications and nominations, which are reviewed by a large panel of judges.  The list includes celebrities, athletes, inventors, creators, business and financial analysts, artists and so much more.  Forbes never fails to meet the right balance of individuals in the philanthropic and socio-economic spheres, along with the chart topping music stars and entertainers, and those changing how we shop, eat, spend and date! The age group spans from 29 to the mid-teens.   The youngest member of the list is high school student Maansa Mendu, who created a piezoelectric “leaf” device that harvests energy from the sun, wind and rain – she is just 14 years old.  Another piezoelectric inventor is 15 year old Gabriel Mesa, the inventor of a motion powered Carbon Battery and piezo-powered diabetic neuropathy treatment. The two are among many other talented youngsters who are changing the world. Forbes have also very recently released their European edition of the Top 30 Under 30, and we are ever so excited to learn more about the winners.  You can find both lists, and more Forbes news and stories below: Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – 2017 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – 2017 Europe Edition As our team read through each of the founder’s or creator’s stories, we were left with jaw-dropping “wow, that’s so cool” reactions to being covered in goose bumps and astounded by others’ compassion.   At the ZWC Summit, we want to showcase similar stories and businesses that have an impact on us, as well as the global community.  We want to be inspired by the story and floored by the innovation, and so do the VCs that will attend!  Our Workshops will focus on how to pitch in an engaging and impactful way, and how to market yourself and your business throughout the event and after.  Don’t forget to apply, and take advantage of our current sale for the Pitch Packages and Passes! Maybe next year, we could be seeing your name on the list!