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11 Austinites land on Forbes' prestigious 30 Under 30 list

11 Austinites land on Forbes' prestigious 30 Under 30 list

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These 11 locals were honored on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list. Wikimedia Commons

For the past four years, Forbes has been honoring  young movers and shakers across the world with its prestigious 30 Under 30 list. The magazine selects 30 outstanding leaders in 20 different categories that range from arts and culinary achievements to technology and social entrepreneurship. 

This year, Austin made an impressive showing on the list with 11 locals lauded as visionaries in their respective fields. Considering our Silicon Hills moniker, it's not surprising that Austinites showed up most often in the Games, Consumer Technology, and Manufacturing & Industry categories. 

Games had the most impressive showing with three locals listed. Andrew Augustin is the founder of Notion Games LLC and, the magazine notes, also teaches video game design at AISD public schools. Chelsea Howe, the 27-year-old creative director of EA Mobile, was also honored, as was Retora Games President Tyler Coleman.

And, considering this is Texas, Austin made an impressive showing in the Energy category. Both Reid Calhoon, co-founder of RunTitle, and Aaron Chockla, managing partner of Lucelo, were honored for their young careers. In Manufacturing & Industry, Antonio Arocha, co-founder of Nuve, and Brett Walker, co-founder of Electroninks, were named. Michael Kasparian and Peter Li, co-founders of Atlas, were both winners in Consumer Tech.

Other winners included Jason Bornhorst who co-founded Patient IO. The Austin-based technology company hopes to revolutionize healthcare with its platform that digitizes medical records and information. Nelly Garcia, celebrated baker and founder of Rocheli Patisserie was the sole Austinite to land in the Food & Drink category.