Students anticipate entrepreneurial summit

by Sydney Zuckerman / Beacon Staff • September 29, 2016

More than 100 Emerson students have been selected to attend the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Boston for free this fall, according to an email from Forbes representative Taylor Culliver. Tickets to the summit are available to the public at an “early bird rate” of $525, according to the website.

Students choose to attend one of four stages for the summit—Create, Tech, Impact, or Capital—to engage with the young entrepreneurs from around the world. The Beacon spoke to some of the selected students about their free ticket receival.  

 

Tell me a little bit about the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

Mimi Warnick, junior performing arts major and entrepreneur:

“Forbes, in general, has their 30 under 30 which they put out every year. [Forbes 30 Under 30] is the world’s, but mostly the U.S.’s, top entrepreneurs/leaders of their field that are under 30 years old. [It is] highlighting young powerhouses that are changing the world for the better, that are opening up, and setting new frontiers from social entrepreneurships, online platforms, medical, political, entertainment, so kind of covering all the checks in jobs.”

 

What inspired you to apply?

Michelle Slivinski, senior performing arts major:

“When I was a kid, I saw a “Forbes 50 most powerful women in the U.S.” magazine and [thought], ‘Wow, that’s super awesome,” and I kind of got interested in it that way, like a little kid’s dream to be one of the most powerful women in the states.”

 

Is there any specific speaker who you are most excited to hear from?

Alex Levin, junior marketing communication major:

“Someone I’m really excited to hear is Jessica Alba … I am really interested in her Honest company, I’ve thought it was a really cool company for a long time, and she’s doing a lot of great work …  She’s still very young and [I’m interested in knowing] how she built this company and it has been so successful. It’s always interesting to see actors and actresses who do other things too, and aren’t just limited to one sort of thing.”

 

Are you going to try to network at the summit?

Myles Badger, senior marketing communication major:

“Altspace VR and Oculus are both very cool, sort of latest and greatest [virtual reality] companies, and if anything I would love to just talk to them and bounce ideas and see where things are headed, because it’s all so new right now.”

 

Are you going to bring cover letters or resumes to the summit?

Mitchell Fahey, senior visual and media arts major:

“Maybe I’ll bring resumes with me, but I think it’ll just be better to talk to people and make it sound natural, not like, ‘Hey I’m looking for a job,” ... but try to learn some things, and let it organically turn into something else.”


The conference will be held Oct. 16 through Oct. 19, bringing together approximately 5,000 young thinkers. There will also be opportunities to see live performances by Jason Derulo, Halsey, Gallant, and Delta Rae.