The Forbes 30 Under 30 list is an annual list that documents the most innovative entrepreneurs across the different regions where Forbes Magazine is published.
The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list features 600 innovators from across 20 industries in the U.S and Canada. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, 19% of these entrepreneurs are immigrants, and 38% of them are first generation Americans. 8 of them are Nigerians.
These are the eight Nigerians who made the list:
Taofeek started his luxury men’s street wear brand as an immigrant teenager in high school. He raised money for his first collection by painting designs on $45 dollar Van sneakers and selling them for $200. He posted his collection on Twitter, and after a fashion site wrote about it, a Japanese chain bought his entire collection. His fashion business is named Head of State+ after a song by the one who inspires his designs – Fela Kuti. Taofeek is 20 years old.
The 28 year old used to play as a linebacker in the NFL, but now serves as the youngest national football analyst for ESPN. He also operates a non profit – Living Hope Christian Ministries, which built a hospital in rural Nigeria in 2017.
Kayode Ojo is the 28 year old son of Nigerian immigrants who grew up in Tennessee. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Today he is a breakout artist who has held solo shows in Berlin, Paris, New York and Dallas.
Olaoluwa is the co founder of Lighting Labs, and has raised $2.5 million to make bitcoin a more practical way to conduct transactions by making it more cost effective for smaller payments.
Helium Health was founded by 3 Nigerians – Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia, and Dimeji Soforowa. It is a digital health platform used by 5,000 doctors, and contains data from 500,000 patients across West Africa. Helium Health has raised $2 million from investors like Tencent, WTI, Venturesouq & Greenhouse Capital.
Obi Omile jnr
He is the co founder of The Cut, a technology platform that allows barbers and clients to schedule and book appointments.
See the complete list here.
Find out how this 22 year old grew her business to be worth several million in six months here.
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