The Under 30 Summit returned to Philadelphia from October 4th to 7th, convening more than 2,000 of the planet’s top young entrepreneurs and game-changers, as well as world-class mentors. This year again featured keynotes and panels, breakouts and pitch contests, as well as our signature evening activities, including the Under 30 Music Festival and the Under 30 Food Festival.


*Agenda subject to change*



11am-2pm          Influencing Action Movement (IAM), The Hive, Femme & Fortune and Party Partners of Philadelphia present Bosses Who Brunch: The Ultimate Networking Experience

(Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th Street, 15th Floor)
Get ready for the "Ultimate Networking Experience." Bosses Who Brunch will provide an opportunity for guests from across various industries, particularly women, to share ideas and collaborate in an interactive way. Event features include Networking Bingo, short lectures featuring four special guest speakers, and an opportunity for collaboration on their unique Connector Boards. Attendees will include women both under and over the age of 30, with the hopes of inspiring conversations on the differences and similarities of the landscape of entrepreneurship during each generation. A delicious brunch will also be included for all attendees.

Event Fee: $10
RSVP here.



6pm-9pm     Registration  (Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA)



6pm-9pm     Welcome & Under 30 Food Festival (Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA)

The best young chefs, winemakers and brewers from the Forbes 30 Under 30 list show their stuff amid a giant block party—and compete for the title of America’s best young chef, as judged by Taylor Hanson, Isaac Hanson and the attendees of the Under 30 Summit.


Chefs include:
Christopher Coombs - Deuxave, Boston Chops, dbar
Joseph “JJ” Johnson - The Cecil
Jesse Schenker - Recette
Jeff Mahin - Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Giorgio Rapicavoli - Eating House
John Lasater - Hattie B’s
Aditi Malhotra - Tache Chocolate
Kelvin Fernandez - La Marina
Jason Pfeifer - Maialino




9:00am              Registration (Pennsylvania Convention Center - Ballroom Foyer)


10:00am            Welcome & Introduction


10:05am            Forbes Under 30 Doers Award: Elizabeth Holmes

America’s richest self-made woman and youngest female billionaire are the same person: 31-year-old Elizabeth Holmes, who conceived her blood testing company, Theranos, before dropping out at Stanford. It’s now predicted to change medical screening for the world, using a cheap, painless prick—and it’s recently been valued at  $9 billion. Holmes’ journey demonstrates the power of new ideas, and for what she’s accomplished so far, she will receive the Forbes Under 30 Doers Award, following last year’s inaugural recipient, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Introduction: Dr. Rosa Rademakers Ph.D., The Mildred A. and Henry Uihlein II Professor of Medical Research and Professor of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic

Elizabeth Holmes
, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Theranos

Interviewer: Matthew Herper, Senior Editor, Pharma & Healthcare, Forbes Media


10:35am            Under 30 Doers Award Presentation

Presenter: Rudy Chavez, President, Baume & Mercier

Recipient: Elizabeth Holmes, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Theranos


10:40am            Do-It-Yourself-Entertainment Moguls

For the entirety of the modern entertainment business, the path to success meant being “discovered.” Not anymore. By leveraging technology a new generation of superstars has created fame by themselves, and then pioneered new models to monetize it. Four of these new mini-moguls explain how it’s done — and how you can apply their promotional magic.

Introduction:  Rudy Chavez, President, Baume & Mercier

Cameron Dallas, YouTube Personality, Vine Star
Tavi Gevinson, Editor-In-Chief, Rookie
Lindsey Stirling, Violinist, Performance Artist, Singer & Composer

Moderator: Taylor Hanson, Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Entrepreneur


11:20am             The New Edisons: Inventor Showcase

Elizabeth Beattie Hunter, Developer, Titan Arm


             From College Dropout To Public Company CEO

At 30, Aaron Levie is already one of America’s great entrepreneurs. From his parents’ attic to a seed investment from Mark Cuban, Levie has built Box into a cloud storage company with the audacity to take on Oracle and Microsoft, gaining more than 50,000 paying corporate customers.  Earlier this year, he took Box public—it’s currently valued at almost $2 billion. What insights has he gleaned from his journey? And what’s next?

Introduction: Erika Bretschneider, Lead Marketing & Communications Manager, AT&T

Aaron Levie
, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Box

Interviewer: Bruce Upbin, Managing Editor, Forbes Media


12:00pm            Lunch, A Taste of Philly (Grab & Go from Reading Terminal Market)


12:45pm            Breakout Panels (Main floor - below Ballroom)


Fundraising While Female
Despite recent data showing startups with at least one woman at the helm outperform those led solely by men, companies founded by women receive just 7% of all VC funding. So how can women and minorities get ahead? Hear from both founders and funders on bridging the gender gap.

Brittany Hodak, Co-Founder, ZinePak
Sarah Kunst, Partner, Fortis Partners
Kegan Schouwenburg, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SOLS
Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder, Malala Fund

Moderator: Denise Restauri, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, GirlQuake; Contributor, Forbes Media


How to be a Boss when you Haven’t had a Boss
You’ve founded, you’re funded, and you’ve built a team that shares your vision. Think your challenges are behind you? Hardly. Four young bosses who found themselves leading before they’d been led will discuss the surprises and challenges that were waiting for them in the corner office, and what they learned along the way.

Trip Adler, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Scribd
Jake Fuentes, Chief Executive Officer, Level Money
Kathryn Minshew, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Muse
Raj Mukherji, Executive Director, Channel Marketing, AT&T

Moderator: Kathryn Dill, Staff Reporter, Forbes Media


How to Get On the 30 Under 30: And What Happens Next?
30 Under 30 editor Caroline Howard takes you behind the scenes to discuss how we put together the list: who’s on the list, why and what’s the right stuff for each category. This is an open-forum for all 30U30 alumni to take the mic and discuss their work and what's happened since they made the list. Come and share your stories.

Bing Chen, Co-Founder, Victorious
Jeremy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Andela
Betsy Nunez, Co-Founder, Sword & Entrepreneur
Brian Wong, Co-Founder, Kiip

Moderator: Caroline Howard, Executive Producer, Forbes Media


 1:45pm             Breakout Panels


Reinventing Beauty
The U.S. beauty industry is a $60 billion market that has for generations been controlled by the same large, publicly-traded power players. Meet the Under 30s disrupting a staid sector—and landing VC funding to modernize everything from cosmetics themselves to the way we book appointments.

Rebecca Kaden, Partner, Maveron
Melody McCloskey, Founder, StyleSeat
Lauren Remington Platt, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Vensette
Emily Weiss, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Glossier

Moderator: Carrie Hammer, Fashion Designer


How to Start Up Without Breaking Down

Building a business can be hard, because our brains weren’t built for entrepreneurship. Here, the Mayo Clinic’s Amit Sood will talk to three 30 Under 30 alums about learning how to build a company while remaining emotionally healthy.

Erica Berger, 
Founder, Catchpool; Editorial Director & Founder, milage (media)

Eden Full, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SunSaluter

Dr. Amit Sood, Director, Mind-Body Medicine Initiative & Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Pelu Tran, Co-Founder, President & Chief Customer Officer, Augmedix

Moderator: Matthew Herper, Senior Editor, Pharma & Healthcare, Forbes Media


Cutting Edge Technologies, Engaging Silicon, And The Digital Election 2016

In an era where a single tweet can overshadow the most carefully orchestrated campaign ad or debate talking point, will the next president of the U.S. be elected by likes? We've assembled the young strategists from the Clinton campaign, the GOP and Twitter to discuss how campaigns are engaging the tech community and how millennials' social habits may determine 2016.

Bridget Coyne, Manager, Government & Elections, Twitter
Azarias Reda, Chief Technology Officer, Republican National Convention
Emanuel Yekutiel, Deputy Finance, Hillary for America

Avik Roy, Opinion Editor, Forbes Media, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute


Future of Flavor

They're disrupting the $700 billion food industry and deciding what you will eat and drink next. Hear from four culinary superstars on how to build a food business, how to push food forward and what will be the hottest flavors in the future.

Ali Bouzari, Co-Founder, Pilot R+D
Kelvin Fernandez, Executive Chef, La Marina
Taylor Hanson, Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Entrepreneur
Aditi Malhotra, Founder, Tache Artisan Chocolate

Moderator: Maggie McGrath, Reporter, Forbes Media



2:45pm             Break


3:15pm              Sharing = Success: Michelle Phan and Kelly Osbourne

In 2007 Michelle Phan began using her face as a billboard, accumulating over 7.5 million followers on YouTube by providing an honest, revealing-to-a-fault window into makeup. From there, in 2012, she started ipsy, a subscription beauty products service. Last month, she raised $100 million for it—a round that valued her company at $800 million. Sharing, it turns out, isn’t just selfies—it’s a new path to success. Kelly Osbourne, who pioneered the art of growing up while the world watched a perceived reality, understands this, too. The talk show host and fashion designer leads a discussion on how take advantage of the spotlight.

Michelle Phan, YouTube Personality; Founder, ipsy

Interviewer: Kelly Osbourne, Television Personality, Host, Fashion Designer, Singer & Actress


3:50pm             The New Edisons: Inventor Showcase

Partha Unnava, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Better Walk


 4:20pm            Roadmap to $1 Billion

The new status symbol for start-ups? A company valuation topping $1 billion. Once called “unicorns” because of their rarity, they’re now a common sight across the tech world—and more than a dozen are run by entrepreneurs under 30. How do you scale your business to 10-figures? Founders from the 30 Under 30 and a formidable VC mentor show you the path.

John Collison, Co-Founder, Stripe
Josh Kopelman, Partner, First Round Capital
Austin McChord, Founder, Datto
Vivek Ramaswamy, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Axovant

Moderator: Steven Bertoni, Senior Editor, Forbes Media


 4:50pm            Under 30 Mentorship Award Presentation

Presenter: Jim Brennan, Senior Vice President of Brands, The Macallan

Recipient: Josh Kopelman, Partner, First Round Capital


5:00pm             Monday program concludes


6:00pm             Group Dinners/Dinner on your own



6:30pm-8:30pm     Young Involved Philadelphia presents #YoungPhillyLead

Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th Street, 15th Floor
YIP would host its first annual Young Philly Leads awards, honoring young Philadelphians in a range of fields, who in the past year, took their #whyilovephilly game to the next level by making a large impact on their community.

Click here for tickets.


7pm-10pm       YEC Presents Cocktails & Connections: Forbes Under 30 Edition

Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street
Join members of the Young Entrepreneur Council and Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees for an invitation-only networking event featuring cocktails, appetizers, live music and more.

Click here for tickets (password required: YECROCKSPHIL).



7:00pm - 9:00pm     Drexel University presents the Philly Business Plan Competition Kickoff Mixer

Quorum at University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street, 8th Floor
This networking event is open to all Philadelphia-area college students and will provide information about a new regional business plan competition for college students launching this year. Come share your ideas and build the teams necessary to ideate your business plan.


9:00pm            Bar Crawl & Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Best bar crawl ever? Maybe. A sports bar, a singles bar and a karaoke bar — with world-famous special guests at each! Cool prizes at stake for those who take the best and most-shared selfies with the guests of honor.




8:00am             The Under 30 Rocky Run

Start the day the Rocky way, with three true American sports heroes — U.S. Women’s soccer World Cup stars Alex Morgan, Julie Johnston, & Shannon Boxx. Joined by a police escort, we’ll jog down the beautiful Ben Franklin Parkway, then up the legendary steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. Bask in a fist-pumping moment of immortality, as the Temple University band serenades runners with the Rocky theme. All paces welcome.


Registration (Pennsylvania Convention Center - Ballroom Foyer)


10:00am          How 23 Women Became 1 Team—and Made History

The 2015 Women’s National Soccer Team shocked the world, won over America and redefined women’s sports. The team’s stunning 5-2 World Cup victory over rival Japan in July was the most watched soccer event in U.S. history—(men’s or women’s). But this Cinderella story was years in the making. Ascendant stars Alex Morgan and Julie Johnston and veteran Shannon Boxx distill the essence of teamwork—how 23 women, young talent and older mentors, came together to become one team that made history.

Shannon Boxx, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Julie Johnston, Chicago Red Stars & U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Alex Morgan, Portland Thorns & U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team


Moderator: Ronan Farrow, Host, Ronan Farrow Daily, MSNBC


10:35am           The New Edisons: Inventor Showcase

S. Brett Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Electroninks Incorporated


10:45am           Can this (Business) Marriage be Saved?

Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory have an intense relationship as the co-founders of Genius, a buzzy site that crowdsourced annotations of hip-hop lyrics and is now set out to annotate the entire Internet. Too intense, in fact. One day on their way to Penn Station for a business meeting in DC, they got into a scrap so fierce that it prompted them to seek counseling. Couples counseling.  And why not?  Enter Dr. Ruth, the famed sex therapist.  In her view, a business partnership is keenly similar to a marriage.  Tom & Ilan—and their onstage therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer—will take the stage in this session to discuss their sessions.  Then some live counseling will unfold onstage: The co-founders of Grove Labs and Adore Me will join to discuss their relationship issues with Dr. Ruth and Genius, who will advise them accordingly. Can their (business) marriages be saved?

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sex Therapist, Media Personality & Author
Tom Lehman & Ilan Zechory, Co-Founders, Genius
Gabe Blanchet & Jamie Byron - Co-Founders, Grove Labs
Gary Bravard & Morgan Hermand-Waiche - Co-Founders, Adore Me

Moderator: Bruce Upbin, Managing Editor, Forbes Media


11:25am           $1 Million Change the World Competition

Partners Schusterman Family Foundation, Case Foundation, Pratt Foundation, Keywell Foundation, and Bob Duggan have joined together to fund the largest ever $1 million global social impact competition for entrepreneurs under the age of 30 to advance solutions that address global challenges. Six semi-finalists will each win $100,000, and the overall winner will receive a $500,000 award. The competition focuses on disruptive and scalable ideas and is open to both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. This is not a business plan competition–the social entrepreneurs must already be operating; the grants will go to accelerate the most promising ideas.


12:30pm           Lunch, A Taste of Philly (Grab & Go from Reading Terminal Market)


1:15pm             Impact Lab


2:45pm            Break


3:00pm            The Birth of an App: ChangUr


3:05pm            Shaun White Unfiltered

When Shaun White was 9, he was discovered in a skateboard park by Tony Hawk. By 17, he’d gone pro. By 20, he had taken up snowboarding—and won Olympic gold. And with that came fame, fortune and all the perks and problems that come with it. Since then, he’s reinvented himself—cutting his hair, ditching his “Flying Tomato” nickname and embracing his rock band an international business brand. A talk with one of icons of his generation.

Shaun White
, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Moderator: Kurt Badenhausen, Senior Editor, Forbes


3:40pm            Change the World Competition Award Winners Announcement


3:50pm             The Pivot: Using Fame and Influence for Good

When life hands you a platform, you have three choices: ignore it, cash-in or try to change the world for the better. Some great social entrepreneurs and activists explain how they’ve channeled their fame or influence to make a difference on a global scale.

Marika Anthony-Shaw, Musician, Arcade Fire; Founder, Plus One

Barbara Bush, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Global Health Corps

Ashley Graham, Model, Designer & Body Activist

Jean Case, Chief Executive Officer, The Case Foundation


4:20pm             Under 30 Summit Reunion: Sean Rad—Boss, Booted and Back

Sean Rad’s hot app Tinder has completely reinvented how young people date and mate. During last year’s Under 30 Summit, just before he was set to unveil Tinder’s first ever revenue generator, he learned he’d been fired as Tinder CEO. Fast forward to this August, he was back in the top spot. Join Rad as he shares how he survived, and thrived, a rollercoaster of a year.

Sean Rad, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Tinder

Interviewer: Steven Bertoni, Senior Editor, Forbes Media


4:40pm            Under 30 Summit Reunion: Monica Lewinsky's Big Year


The breakout star of last year’s Under 30 Summit: Monica Lewinsky, whose first public speech ever generated a standing ovation and made global headlines. What’s happened since is even more impressive: a major TED talk and a new role as the leading voice against cyberbullying. Lewinsky will share stories and lessons from a transformative year—and give a peek at what’s next.

Monica Lewinsky, Activist

Interviewer: Randall Lane, Editor, Forbes Magazine



5:00pm           Closing Remarks

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Music Festival Concludes


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Video Highlights

SIRUM Wins $500K For Recycling Unused Meds


Lindsey Stirling: It's All About Connection


Ashley Graham: A Cover Girl With Curves


15 Most Important #s From The Under 30 Summit


Under 30: Music and Sports Edition


The High And Mighty Brass Band Kicks Off The Forbes Under 30 Summit


Box: Anatomy Of An IPO


A Conversation With Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes


Under 30 Summit Reunion: Sean Rad—Boss, Booted and Back


Backstage With Shawn Mendes


Can This (Business) Marriage Be Saved?


Michelle Phan And Kelly Osbourne's Backstage Beauty Secrets


Don’t Worry About Preserving Your Company’s Culture


Cameron Dallas And Lindsey Stirling On The Internet, Hope, And Connections


Titanium Arms And “Magic” Pens



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