Four Pinoys Landed On Forbes’ “30 Under 30” 2019 Asia List

Forbes has recently released their “30 Under 30” Asia list for the year 2019 and four Filipinos made it in!

Forbes 30 Under 30 highlights the millennial and Generation Z’s ability to innovate and produce change and inspiration to their respective regions and all over the world, along with “cementing the positive effects” of their innovations in the long run, “especially in developing and emerging markets,” said Rana Wehbe, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia editor.

More than that, 30 Under 30 highlights the daring entrepreneurs who are continuously building their own businesses which aim to solve their industries’ problems.

The list consists of 30 names from entrepreneurs from 23 countries in 10 categories comprising Arts, Consumer Technology, Enterprise Technology, Entertainment & Sports. Also included are Finance & Venture Capital, Healthcare & Science, Industry Manufacturing & Energy, Media & Marketing & Advertising, Retail & Commerce, and Social Entrepreneurs.

According to Wehbe, “Forming 70 percent of the 2019 list, startup founders are using technologies like AI, Big Data and Blockchain to facilitate processes such as matching patients with potentially life-saving medical trials and providing enterprise solutions for SMEs who form the vast majority of businesses in the APAC region.”

This year, four Filipinos made it to the list on the following categories: media, retail, and social entrepreneurship.

1. Kenn Costales

Photo: Courtesy of Kenn Costales Facebook

Kenn Costales is a 29-year old founder and CEO of Monolith Growth Ventures. The company provides services to some of the world’s biggest brands like Fitness First, The Boston Consulting Group, Sonos, and Klipsch.

According to Kenn himself, he classifies himself as a millennial who grinds effort into his work because he has a background knowledge. He says he’s not someone who is dependent on his parents’ money. This is the reason why he pushed so himself to put his performance marketing firm, Monolith Growth Ventures, into a multi-million peso business in just a year.

2. Georgianna Carlos

Photo: Courtesy of Georginanna Carlos Facebook

Founder of an all-natural premium pet care brand, Georgianna Carlos identifies herself as a “passionate animal lover” aside from being an entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, and a former guidance counselor.

Due to Georgianna’s dedication and love for pets, she introduced Fetch! Naturals. The company produces non-chemical products to over 30 locations in the Philippines. Fetch! Natural products are also available internationally, particularly in Los Angeles, where Georgianna opened a retail shop specifically for the company’s products.

Aside from the retail shop in Los Angeles, Georgina also opened a retail shop in Manila.

3. Earl Patrick Forlales and Zahra Halabisaz Zanjani

Photo: Courtesy of Earl Patrick Forlales and Zahra Halabisaz Zanjani Facebook

These two Ateneo de Manila University graduates are the founders of CUBO Modular, a company which advocates tackling the accommodation in the country with low-cost bamboo housing units.

Due to the rising population in the Philippines, a lot of Filipinos are struggling financially. This is the problem that CUBO Modular aims to solve. With cheap materials, the company can build a home made of bamboo in just hours.

When 30 Under 30 was launched in 2016, 10 Filipinos made it in. The year after, five more Filipinos were added in the country’s honorees list. In 2018, six Filipinos were added, and the recent four newcomers bring the total number to 25.

With 61 honorees, China topped the chart, followed by India with 59, then Japan with 30.

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