Forbes Israel revealed its first-ever “30 Under 30” list, featuring 60 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in Israel across six categories who are under 30 years of age and who are transforming business, technology, media, government, culture and more.
The list was compiled by Forbes Israel’s team after lengthy research that included consultations with key figures and institutes such as Tel Aviv University, Israel Institute of Technology, IDC Center Herzliya, Investment banks, VC funds, tech accelerators like Zell Entrepreneurship Program and more.
The six categories include Social Entrepreneurship; Government and Law; Media; Finance, Investments and Management; Culture and Art; and Technology and Science.
Thirty of the sixty honorees fall under the Technology and Science category.
“The research involved in putting together this list was extensive. Forbes Israel chose 30 leaders under 30 from the high tech sector, as well as 30 other leaders from various fields such as government, law, social entrepreneurship, media, academy, sports and fashion, ” said Dror Shaier, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Israel. “We’re very proud to highlight and celebrate the work of young entrepreneurs and social leaders in Israel.”
Featured highlights on the Forbes Israel 30 Under 30 list include:
- Roy Reznik (27), Co-Founder of Adallom, which was sold last summer to Microsoft for $320 million.
- Ben Rubin (28), Founder of Life on Air. He developed Meerkat, an app that competes with Twitter and other social net giants.
- Guy Weiss (26) & Itay Itzhaki (28), Founders of Stucco Media, an independent company that was sold recently to Teddi Sagi for $43 million.
- Raphael Ouzan (28), one of BillGuard’s Founders and a leader in the field of high-tech education in Israel.
- Adi Altschuler (29), an educational entrepreneur leading social projects for small businesses at Google Israel.
- Dr. Kira Radinski (29), scientist, researcher and Big Data pioneer who developed an algorithm to predict future events such as plagues outbreaks.
In the field of law, honorees included:
- Attorney Adi Weitzhandler (29) from the Israeli attorney’s office GKH. Adi oversaw several billion dollar deals involving China, such as the sale of Israeli Tnuva to the Chinese Brightfood and building the new port of Ashdod by China Harbor.
- Attorney Gadi Ezra (29), the Israeli foreign ministry’s legal counselor for forums concerning security.
Other honorees are:
- Maria Nassar (20), Founder of RoyalRoadL.com, a popular independent writers’ platform with over a million visitors per day
- Noa Raviv (28), a graduate of the Israeli design school Shenkar. She has showcased her work at the Metropolitan museum in New York and is regarded as a rising star in the Israeli fashion industry.
- Itay Pincas (14), boy genius, Founder of Joy2Day, a company that has developed over 20 apps and offers business marketing counseling.
- Israeli actress and fashion model Gal Gadot.
- Omri Casspi, Israeli professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.
- Israeli media notables such as Amalia Duek, Yair Sherky and Chen Liberman.
The criteria for honorees making the list included professional achievement and industry acclaim, as well as a promising future.
Honorees from Forbes Israel’s 30 Under 30 list will be invited to participate in Forbes’ Under 30 Summit EMEA, to be held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, April 3-7, 2016.
The summit is expected to convene 600 young entrepreneurial game changers from the U.S., Europe, Africa and Israel, as well as legendary mentors.
Dror Shaier said: “We’re proud to be a part of Forbes’ international initiative, and especially proud that Forbes chose Israel to host this unique summit.”