This week Forbes released its 30 under 30 class of 2017, and it featured some of our favorite creative smart girls in a variety of categories. As if getting featured on Forbes isn’t already task enough, applicants were up against a lot of tough competition. The list requires judges who are either 30 under 30 alumni or one of the best in their fields to make the decisions of who makes the list and who doesn’t. This year, Forbes reported they received over 15,000 applications for just 600 spots available. With an acceptance rate of less than 4%, people have a better chance at getting accepted into an Ivy League university.
Also Issa Rae, television writer and actress, most known for her hit HBO series Insecure, served as a judge for the Hollywood and entertainment category. The Hollywood and entertainment section featured talented Black women such as Quinta Brunson, 27, who works as a development partner for Buzzfeed Motion Pictures. The law and policy industry features activist Johnetta Elzie, 27, as cofounder of Campaign Zero; along with her cofounder Samuel Sinyangwe, 26.
You don’t have to had started your own company to be an honoree, only 50% of those featured are founders and cofounders. Of all those featured, 35% believed that they owe their success to having grit and 21% believe that entrepreneurs need passion to succeed. The list is diverse in personal backgrounds with 1 in 6 being an immigrant from 44 different countries. Motivation is the one thing that tied most honorees together with 84% of them either wanting their business to solve a problem or change the world we live in. You can view the full list here.