Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 list honors the hardest-working young minds in the world. Among the 600 innovators in 20 categories, six Austinites were recognized for their achievements on the 2016 list.
From concert promoters to real estate investors to bug farmers, here are the local movers and shakers whose work has gained global attention.
Sascha Guttfreund: Music
Guttfreund is the president of ScoreMore Shows, an event promotion company that puts together hip-hop concerts and other events for college students.The mantra of "for the students and by the students" is embedded in the company's roots — ScoreMore launched when Guttfreund and partner Claire Bogle were only sophomores at the University of Texas.
Nate Paul: Finance
Paul is the founder and CEO of World Class Capital Group, a real estate investment firm based in Austin with a varied business portfolio that reaches across the nation. Paul is also a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at UT.
Cassandra Tognoni: Education
An investment-banker-turned-math-teacher, Tognoni is the driving force behind BookReport, a software program that helps school districts easily visualize and allocate their financial resources. The idea for this useful application came from her time as the founder and director of a Montessori charter school in Austin.
Mohammed Ashour and Shobhita Soor: Social entrepreneurship
The co-founders of Aspire Food Group, which aims to alleviate world hunger by teaching people how to farm edible bugs for food. In addition to operations in Mexico and Ghana, the group's Austin-based branch promotes insect farming in the United States through Cricket Powder, a buggy nutritional supplement.
Ashley Ruhl: Games
As video games become more immersive, at the forefront of this shift towards interactive storytelling are designers like Ruhl, cinematic and gameplay designer for Telltale Games. Essentially, her touch makes video games feel more like movies. Ruhl has contributed to games in The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Borderlands franchises.
Texans had a proud showing on this year's 30 Under 30 list. Other big names from the Lone Star State include acclaimed musician Leon Bridges of Fort Worth, former UT athlete and professional golfer Jordan Spieth, and Dallas Stars hockey players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.