Forbes recently announced its 30 Under 30 list for 2020 highlighting young entrepreneurs who they say “are proof positive that the future will be new, exciting and profoundly different.”
“These entrepreneurs are teaching viruses to fight cancer, developing technology to help astronauts breathe on Mars and creating strings of hit songs that fuel our daily playlists,” according to Forbes.
An expert community narrowed more than 15,000 nominees down to the final 2020 list. Among those selected were five honorees we are proud to call Phi Kappa Phi members.
Karthik Ganapathy (Fordham University) – Partner, mvmt communications
Ganapathy cofounded mvmt after working on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. The communications company supports progressive Democratic candidates.
Sterling Jones (Brigham Young University) – President, JOJO’s Chocolate
During a battle with cancer, Jones’ mom created no-sugar sweets to indulge her sugar cravings. Jones joined her to build the business which now retails in more than 500 stores.
Deanna Pan (The Ohio State University) – Reporter, Boston Globe
Pan is a reporter on the Globe’s Express Desk. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for her series examining the wrongful murder conviction of a 14-year-old black boy.
Spencer Perreault (California State University, Los Angeles) – Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft
After graduating from Cal State LA, Perreault earned his master’s at Cornell University at the age of 18. He’s noted for his work with Xbox One’s backwards compatibility with original Xbox games.
Sabih Bin Wasi (Carnegie Mellon University) – Cofounder, Stellic
Stellic is an AI-driven platform that helps students create customized graduation plans while advisers and administrators can identify at-risk students and predict course demand.