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FORBES UNDER 30 SUMMIT RETURNS TO BOSTON - OCTOBER 1-4, 2017

Forbes will expand to seven interconnected stages in downtown Boston, convening more than 6,000 of the world’s top young entrepreneurs and game-changers

Speakers confirmed include Ashton Kutcher, financial legend Paul Tudor Jones, YouTube stars Lilly Singh and Tyler Oakley, Cisco Systems’ John Chambers and Guy Oseary

BOSTON (May 19, 2017) – Forbes, the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced today that Forbes’ fourth annual Under 30 Summit will return to Boston, October 1-4, 2017. As part of the summit, Forbes is bringing together the greatest community of young entrepreneurs and game-changers from all over the world, as culled from the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists, plus a wide range of CEOs, founders, leaders, mentors, investors and disruptors for four days of motivating panels, networking, startup competitions, philanthropy, music and food festivals, parties and more.

Building off the success of 2016, Forbes is transforming Boston's City Hall Plaza into a central village for all attendees to network, view demonstrations and performances, and unwind at a pop-up beer garden. Hosted at notable venues throughout the city, the content stages, which include Tech, Create, Capital, Impact, Discover and FA, will provide an intimate setting for programming.

Convening 200 world-class speakers—including investors, celebrities, musicians, fashion designers, sport stars, cultural icons, world-renowned chefs, educators, and political and business leaders who represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the Forbes 30 Under 30 franchise— the Forbes Under 30 Summit serves as the definitive place to learn, network, collaborate, recruit and exchange ideas of the future.

Confirmed speakers include Ashton Kutcher; Hedge Fund Manager Paul Tudor Jones; YouTube Star Lilly Singh; YouTube Personality and New York Times Bestselling Author Tyler Oakley; Executive Chairman of Cisco Systems John Chambers; Co-Founder of Sound Ventures and Music Mogul Guy Oseary; Co-Founder and CEO of Flatiron Health Nat Turner; and Media Personality and Founder, RWB Media, Raymond Braun. Past speakers have included Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Sir Richard Branson, Josh Kushner, Sara Blakely, Ashley Graham, Palmer Luckey, Jessica Alba, Michael Phelps, Sean Rad and Danny Meyer.

New features this year include:

· A Women@Forbes Under 30 event at MIT, where the women of the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists will team up with America’s greatest technology university, and its Solve initiative, for a day of programming and networking devoted to accelerating leadership roles for women in tech and finance.

· A new Discover stage, sponsored by Vertex, is devoted to health care and sciences and is a perfect fit for the world’s life sciences capital.

· A series of more than 200 conversations, where Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees will drill down around small tables on highly-targeted areas of interest.

· A Forbes Under 30 Scholars program for 1,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in tech and finance. The scholarship offers free passes and lodging assistance, as well as accelerated networking.

Also, returning this year:

· A Forbes Under 30 Music Festival to kick off the summit, featuring leading musical artists. Acts at previous summits have included Jason Derulo, Halsey, Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky. The music festival will be open to the public, with free tickets given to Bostonians who take steps to do something good.

· A Forbes Under 30 Food Festival, with some of America’s most notable young chefs.

· On the final day, a Boston-wide Service Day devoted to giving back to Boston. Forbes is working with the City of Boston to ensure this gathering will serve as a catalytic moment for Boston’s youth.

“We are so thrilled to return to Boston and build on last year’s summit,” said Randall Lane, editor of Forbes magazine. “In adding so many new features to last year’s success, we are confident this will be the greatest event for young leaders, ever.”

“Massachusetts is home to one of the most innovative ecosystems in the country,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “The Commonwealth looks forward to joining the City of Boston to host another impressive collection of talented entrepreneurs in this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 class and all the accomplished professionals that come to participate in the summit for a second straight year.”

“I'm thrilled that for the second year in a row, Forbes Under 30 Summit will be coming to Boston, bringing its talent, opportunities and events to City Hall Plaza, and throughout our City," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This summit will showcase the best Boston has to offer, and I look forward to welcoming thousands of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, performers, scholars and attendees to our City.”

“The Under 30 Summit is a global beacon for entrepreneurship,” said David Fialkow, co-founder and managing director, General Catalyst. “Forbes is collaborating with leaders from across Boston and around the world to create the best event for young people in the U.S. focused on innovation and jobs in both the for-profit and philanthropic sectors. We can’t wait to host 6,000 of the world’s awesome rising talent in our great city this October.”

Partner Sponsors include AARP, Fidelity and OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager. Supporting Sponsors include Catalant and Vertex.

To learn more, please visit https://www.forbes.com/forbes-live/event/under-30-boston. On Twitter, follow #Under30Summit.

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 franchise is a global platform, which comprises Forbes 30 Under 30 lists featuring young game changers published in print and online all over the world, live summits in the U.S., Asia and Israel, an Under 30 channel on Forbes.com and an Under 30 app. To access Forbes magazine’s 2017 30 Under 30 list, please visit: http://www.forbes.com/30under30/#/.

Laura Daunis

Director, Corporate Communications, Forbes

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Date: 
Friday, May 19, 2017