Forbes, the exalted American Business magazine, which has been imprinting its caliber for decades now, has just released its new issue, “30 under 30”.

What does this issue comprise of?

This issue is the memorandum of 30 of the best entrepreneurs who stood nonpareil to the thousands of nominees. After a three-layer process of assessment by the wide-reaching community and the expert judges, an assemblage of free swinging, thrill-seekers are selected. This melange ranges from art and style to social entrepreneurs, retail and commerce, education, law, and policy, and many more. We’ve listed out a few of them who have stolen the coveted spots. 


Sanil Chawla, 18

Sanil Chawla, founder of Hack+

Chawla is the youngest that made it into the Forbes issue. An Academy freshman student, Sanil, beaming with intelligence and depth of perception, is recognized as the founder of Hack+. He was frustrated that he couldn’t incorporate his own business as a legal minor. Spending no time in vain and he instead used his year-old Hack+.  It deliveres financial and legal infrastructure in launching over 50 student organizations that has impacted over 50,000 students in just a year. Chawla’s Hack+ brimming with fame has received fundings from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook.


Chawla was trying to launch his own startup in his sophomore year. Looking into the legal procedures and pricy fee, he wondered why it’s such a taxing and laborious process to launch an organisation. He says “I decided to shift focus and create a way to launch a platform that would allow any student to start a venture, and ended up disrupting existing legal processes like fiscal sponsorship to make it possible for students to launch ventures as minors.”

Social Entrepreneurs:

Yossuf Albanawi, 24

Gautam Chebrolu, 23

Left to Right: Yossuf Albanawi, Gautam Chebrolu, Co founders of Pilleve.

Opioids are a class of drugs that find itself placed in many pharmaceutical prescriptions. They serve the purpose of pain killers such as Oxycodone, Vicodin, etc and of course, in illegal Heroin. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. Besides that, the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement costs the United States a baffling total of $78.5 billion a year.


Gautam Chebrolu and Yossuf Albanawi, the co-founders of Pilleve, have themselves dealt with substance abuse before coming up with this novel idea of fighting addiction.
Propped with an app, in which patients input their pain levels, mood, and side effects, pills, which come in a Pilleve bottle, are dispensed to them. Pill intake data is also collected in real time and sent to providers if patients are taking more than prescribed, therefore keeping them in check. Pilleve has partnered with one of the largest pain clinics in Maryland to launch the device and is looking to expand its pilot to California, Massachusetts, and Georgia in 2019. 


Camila Cabello, 21

Camila Cabello

Born in Cojimar, Habana del Este, Cuba, Camila moved to the united states, when she was aged 5. Camila Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina. After elimination during the “boot camp” portion of the process in Miami, Florida, Cabello was called back to the stage along with other contestants. Ally Brooke, Normani, Lauren Jauregui, and Dinah Jane to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony. The group generated “worth it” and “work from home” which was a mega-hit and reached the top 10 in several international charts. Mexican rapper Machine Gun Kelly released a joint single with Cabello called “Bad Things”. It  reached a peak of number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. Time included her on the “top 25 most influential teens of 2016”.

Cabello's hit single "Havana".

Her debut solo single “Crying in the Club” was released on May 19, 2017, followed by a performance at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The single peaked at number 47 in the United States. She joined Bruno Mars‘ 24K Magic World Tour as an opening act for several of its dates, and also partnered with clothing brand Guess as the face for their 2017 Fall campaign.

Her hit single “Havana”reached number one in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Hungary and the United States. It also spent seven weeks atop the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart.The song became Spotify’s most-streamed song ever by a solo female artist in June 2018, with over 888 million streams at the time.

In December 2018 she was nominated for two Grammys at the 61st Annual ceremony for Best Pop Solo Performance for a live version of “Havana” as well as Best Pop Vocal Album for Camila.


Cover image: Forbes

General sources: Pilleve, Havana, Hack 

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