Forbes Israel has released its first-ever ’30 Under 30′ list and the young talent in Israel is so great that there are actually 60 honorees on the prestigious list. The young leaders, entrepreneurs and game-changers come from across Israel and are innovating in the technology, media, government, culture, social entrepreneurship and financial arenas.
The list was compiled by Forbes Israel’s team with help from Tel Aviv University, Israel Institute of Technology, IDC Center Herzliya, investment banks, VC funds, and tech accelerators.
“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.”
The ’30 under 30′ on the technology list comprise: Iddo Gino, 18, CEO of Rapid; Kira Radinsky, 29, SalesPredict; Itay Bloch, 19, doing a PhD. in physics; Itay Itzhaki, 28, co-founder of StuccoMedia; Guy Weiss, 26, co-founder of StuccoMedia; Itay Pincas, 14, founder of Joy2Day and has over 20 apps to his credit; Itamar Benedy, 29, General Manager Israel at glispa; Anas Abu Mukh, co-founder Myndlift, 22; Aziz Kaddan, 22, co-founder Myndlift; Ben Lang, 22, founder of MapMe; Ben Rubin, 28, co-founder Life on Air; Amit Avner, 30, CEO of TayKey; Gabi Shalel, 29, co-founder of Plarium; Guy Katsovich, 28, Manager of the 8200 EISP accelerator program; Yoav Zurel, 30, co-Founder, CEO at FeeX; Liran Grinberg, 28, co-founder Team8; Michael Matias, 20, hackathon organizer; Michal Bignitz, 29, Director, Wix App Market; entrepreneur Matan Berkowitz, 29; Nitzan Cohen Arazi, 29, co-founder Jolt; Nir Gaist, 27, founding CEO of Nyotron; Stav Erez, 30, co-founder SifTech; Adi Shemesh,29, founder & CEO at TRENCH; Ofer Ben-Noon, 29, co-founder and CEO of Argus Cyber Security; Amit Levin, 18, Student from the Future Scientists and Inventors program at Tel Aviv University; Roy Morad, 29, co-founder Evolution Networks; Roy Reznik, 27, co-founder Adallom; Raphael Ouzan, 28, founder of BillGuard; Sharon Rabi, 28, inventor of the Dafni straightening brush; and Tomer Hen, 22, a serial entrepreneur from age 15.
Honorees were chosen based on professional achievement and industry approval, as well as a promising future.
Some of the brightest stars in media, government, culture, and social entrepreneurship –according to Forbes –are social entrepreneur Adi Altschuler, 29, manager of Google for Education Israel; attorney Adi Weitzhandler, 29, oversaw sale of Tnuva to Brightfood; Maria Nassar, 20, CEO & co-founder at Royal Road; Omri Casspi, 28, NBA player; artist and director Vania Heymann, 29; Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, 30; and Narkis Alon, 28, co-founder of Elevation Academy, among many others.
The 60 Israeli honorees will be invited to participate in the upcoming Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA, set for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, April 3-7, 2016. Over 600 young game-changers from the US, Europe, and Africa are expected to take part in the conference.