Now in its sixth year honoring "the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game-changers" — and boasting an acceptance rate of less than 4 percent, statistically making the list "harder to get into than Harvard" — 30 Under 30 actually encompasses 600 finalists in 20 categories. Twenty-two of this year's recipients are Texas-based.
And a large chunk of those remarkable youngsters hail from Dallas. From software titans to wine revolutionaries to the woman who's changing how we shop, here are the Dallas honorees who are gaining global attention.
Kendrick Worrell: Energy
Did you found a company by age 28? Worrell did, and Accelerate Resources combines his expertise in both retrieving natural resources and raising capital, drilling primarily in the Permian Basin with funding from Pine Brook Partners.
Michael Kennedy: Food and drink
If you've ever wondered what the varietals that make up a wine blend would taste like on their own, Kennedy has the answer. He founded Component Wine to "rescue" the varietals that go into some of Napa Valley's most respected blends, then ages and bottles them to sell on their own. But oenophiles be warned: Bottles can cost upward of $100.
Chase Feiger: Manufacturing and industry
When Google Ventures wants to invest in your idea, you might be on to something. The collaborative software that Feiger's company, Parsable, makes is used by industrial companies and teams, helping their businesses run more smoothly thanks to easier communication and project tracking.
Gaurab Chakrabarti and Sean Hunt: Manufacturing and industry
Not only is it possible to make hydrogen peroxide from plants (who knew?), that food-grade peroxide can then be used in pools, spas, hot tubs, and for cleaning. Chakrabarti and Hunt founded Solugen in 2016, and starting churning out PeroxyZen, the first of its kind.
Sean O'Brien: Marketing and advertising
College seniors are very into mobile messaging, but while at the University of Notre Dame, O'Brien and his Swyft co-founder, Evan Wray, were into building their own mobile messaging system (originally called TextPride). Three years later the company was acquired for $27 million by Monotype Imaging, and now Swyft runs as an independent subsidiary.
Amber Venz Box: Retail and e-commerce
First came RewardStyle, where social media "influencers" could earn money off their content, and now LikeToKnow.It, allowing Instagram users to move directly from the app to e-commerce sites where they can purchase clothes they saw on their faves' feeds. It's the only ready-to-shop consumer service on Instagram.
Movers and shakers from Houston and Austin also populate the list, including Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe, Verts Mediterranean Grill founder Dominik Stein, IntuiTap co-founder Jessica Traver, and four-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles.