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These prodigies were honored on Forbes’ prestigious’ 30 under 30 ‘lists, which spotlight hundreds of top young entrepreneurs in categories ranging from social media to science, in the 2022 version of the list. Wednesday. Some of the class of 22 were only 14, while the average winner was around 28. Ten of those booming business moguls came from Austin, which has seen 30 under-30 alumni as distinguished as former UT basketball player Kevin Durant secure the top spots on the 10-year list.

Here’s a look at the 10 Austinites who made the cut:

Science — Céline Halioua, Loyal founder, 27 years old

Celine Halioua, a former University of Texas student and founder of biotechnology company Cellular Longevity, took first place in the science category. The company, normally referred to as Loyal, was founded by Halioua in 2019 and aims to find compounds that can prevent undue aging and cancer in dogs, which Halioua hopes will one day translate into benefits for humans.

As the favorite for the Class of 22 in the Science category, Halioua got a photo shoot and a video interview. Like many others on the list, Halioua’s youth can give her an edge in creating new ideas and technologies.

“It was great fun learning how to modernize an old industry,” Halioua said in the interview.

Halioua, who grew up in Austin around fifteen cats, rescue dogs and even pet squirrels, said her company is looking to extend the lifespan of dogs, but more generally she hopes to fight back. the problem of “not having free will”, an opinion she formed. chatting with brain cancer patients at a neuro-oncology clinic at age 18.

She also said that the creation of anti-aging drugs for dogs may be a “testing ground” for the creation of the first explicit anti-aging drug authorized for humans, as veterinary drugs are much more likely to be. approved.

There has never been an approved aging drug for any species, dog or human, “said Halioua.” My main goal in life is to get the first drug approved. “

The Bay Area-based company is pre-revenue, but it has already generated more than $ 38 million in venture capital and its first anti-aging drug is set to reach clinical trials next year.

Science — William Gilpin, professor at UT Austin, 29

New University of Texas physics professor William Gilpin knows how to find beauty and practicality in chaos.

Using “chaos theory to understand biological complexity,” Gilpin, who took inspiration from ocean waves and fluids, revolutionized a machine learning technique for neuroscience recordings.

“Is chaos really hard to predict?” Gilpin asks in a recent viral tweet, as he discusses his methods that have helped analyze fitness trackers and predict inventory and pond prices.

Sports — Megan Lindon, Austin FC marketer, 29

Have you ever seen Austin FC’s iconic Verde Van roll around town? Austin FC’s mobile one-stop shop for merchandise is the brainchild of Lindon, the senior director of marketing who helped make the team the best-selling hub for merchandise across MLS in its first year. .

Lindon oversaw branding campaigns and retail partnerships, such as his jersey sponsor YETI, for the new team. While they may not be responsible for all of this hype, it’s hard to say if Austin FC would be so recognizable nationally without Lindon’s efforts.

Games — Jacob Wolf

Move on, sports commentators, esports reporting is entering its heyday, and the self-proclaimed “world leader” in esports coverage is based in Austin with Jacob Wolf at the helm.

At 24, Wolf, the company’s chief reporter, has previously been compared to “ESPN’s NBA news king Adrian Wojnarowski,” according to the Forbes report. He also won the 2018 Esports Awards Journalist of the Year and was nominated five times, leads the company’s press team with hard-hitting investigative articles and founded a production company that will co-produce. a podcast that will be released in 2022.

Wolf is now on the list, but he has been criticized by a Forbes reporter in the past for having a “zero corner” in the esports market, a notion that was quickly rejected by Wolf and fans alike. esports date.

Manufacturing and Industry — Topher Haddad and Winston Tri, co-founders of Albedo

“The next generation of Earth observation is coming soon”, satellite imagery company albedo The website boldly reads a crystal-clear aerial view of an alpine forest.

Two entrepreneurs under the age of 30, Topher Haddad and Winston Tri, set out to create commercially available satellite images that are nine times the resolution of what exists today. From there, Austin-based Albedo was born.

After raising $ 10 million in a funding round by Initialized Capital, the company is preparing to launch its first satellites in 2023.

Venture Capital — Brandon Allen and Marcus Stroud, co-founders of TXV Partners

Austin can’t have its startup culture without its venture capitalists, something Princeton graduates Brandon Allen and Marcus Stroud know all too well.

Now aged 27 and 28, the former Princeton roommates formed TXV Partners in 2019 and haven’t looked back since, investing more than $ 20 million in companies like the Future Fit fitness app. and the fitness startup of the same name Future as well as Data.World, Oura, Kambr and Trax. The duo, who have since recruited another partner, have focused on local businesses for years and will continue to do so as they nurture Texas’ best exercise startups.

Retail and e-commerce — Benjamin Smith, Founder of Disco, 28

Men need skin care too, even though they are sometimes not comfortable enough to handle it.

This is the problem Austinite Benjamin Smith hopes to solve with his skincare line Disco, which offers sets and products ranging from anti-aging creams to cleansers to help men feel the most ‘dapper’.

Smith, who battled acne in early adulthood, stepped away from the overly masculine packaging of many men’s beauty products and instead went for a simple, sleek look that can be seen online. and on Nordstrom. The company has been featured in GQ and the Wall Street Journal and is expected to generate $ 10 million in revenue by the end of 2021 after initial funding of $ 5 million.

Finance — Jeron Davis, RLJ Equity Partners, 28

Although based in Maryland, Jeron Davis has found success as a senior partner at RLJ Equity Partners, a company founded by Austin billionaire Robert L. Johnson.

Davis is a former investment banker at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., where he completed a $ 4.6 billion leveraged buyout of Petco and a $ 2.2 billion sale to CenturyLink. With RLJ, Davis completed a $ 60 million LBO of Pro-Vac and a $ 31 million buyout from TechMedia.

Education — Chandler Bolt, Founder of Self Publishing School, 28

Self Publishing School investor and founder Chandler Bolt has owned a business for five years and has helped over 6,000 writers publish their own books, and he’s only 28 years old.

His company, which helps writers with work from creating a writing calendar to organizing post-publication conferences, charges $ 6,000 to complete the writer’s work.

Austin-based Self Publishing School has been an INC 5000 company for three consecutive years among the fastest growing private companies in the United States. But Bolt doesn’t stop there, he’s also published six books, hosts two podcasts, and has a YouTube channel on the self-publishing process.

Energy — Thomas Sherman and Daniel Vassallo, co-founders of CRCL Solutions

Texas renewables are growing rapidly, but when the wind turbines aren’t spinning, it can be difficult to predict how much the state will be able to use.

Using artificial intelligence, the founders of CRCL Solutions, Thomas Sherman and Daniel Vassallo, help electricity traders reduce risk and increase profitability by forecasting the use of ERCOT’s solar and wind power. Ultimately, the duo hope to help create carbon neutrality by erasing certain risks from the fluctuating renewable energy market.

And their efforts are gaining national attention: So far, they have received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Austin Energy Incubator.

Jack C. Nugent