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Forbes releases its annual “30 Under 30” list, featuring 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers who are putting a new twist on what it means to be a leader for the next generation. The Forbes class of 2019 30 Under 30 list, includes 30 honourees for each of the 20 categories.

The 2019 list features a diverse and unique panel of honourees, with more than nineteen percent identifying as immigrants and more than thirty-eight percent identifying as first-generation citizens. Thirty-four percent of these list members live and work on the East Coast and thirty-three percent on the West Coast. More than fifth-five percent of the list are founders or cofounders and the group has collectively risen well over $1 billion in funding. Aspiring teen entrepreneurs like Halfcode founder Richard Black ( has much to look up to in these young entrepreneurs.

With Roots Studio, Rebecca Hui brings cultural preservation to the 21st century. It digitizes the art of the world's rural communities, allowing their designs to be licensed through Roots Studio's online library. Royalties average five times the original selling price. So far, Roots Studio has digitized more than 3,000 designs, like Warli paintings from India and Kufic calligraphy from Syria.

Roots Studio boosts the livelihoods of rural artists by giving them the technology and training to digitize their art at minimal cost. By transacting art digitally, the organization enables village artists to instantly distribute their creations globally, sell the same piece of art multiple times, sells on different mediums like apparel and stationery, and receive their payment share instantly through mobile money. Additionally, Roots Studio simplifies the distribution chain by skipping the step of shipping physical goods, which saves costs and allows the organization to return a share to artists that is 10 times greater than that of traditional craft ventures.

President and cofounder of Marinus Analytics, Emily kennedy is passionate about bringing AI and technology to bear on our most pressing social problems, like human trafficking. She routinely advises and trains stakeholders—such as attorneys general, prosecutors, law enforcement agents, and NGOs—on use of technology to enable data-driven, proactive impact. She is a Mother of Invention, keynote speaker, and activist.

Marinus Analytics helps law enforcement fight sex trafficking with technology. The company's investigative software, Traffic Jam, uses facial recognition to reduce the investigative timeline by as much as 50%. Another feature, Face-Search, enables detectives to find underage victims of sex trafficking using only a photo. Marinus Analytics has received $1.4 million in funding from the likes of DARPA, the National Science Foundation and Toyota.

Brian Keller and Zachary Quinn started Love Your Melon in 2012 with a simple idea: put a hat on every child battling cancer in America. The duo started selling beanies (which start at $30), but their buy-one, give-one model quickly evolved. The company now donates 50% of its net profit is to nonprofits fighting paediatric cancer. This year, Love Your Melon expects $40 million in revenue.

Love Your Melon wanted to give every kid in America living with cancer a beanie. Today, it has done that and much more. Now it donates 50 percent of profits to nonprofits partners fighting paediatric cancer. The mission has struck an obvious chord. In 2017 Melon's annual revenue reached $31.5 million, helping it land at No. 106 on the year's Inc.

Jenna Nicholas is the founder of Impact Experience, which identifies problems plaguing marginalized communities (with help from local leaders) and then partners with philanthropists and investors to make a measurable difference. For example, it's retrained former coal miners in Appalachia to help them find other employment. Nicholas is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
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