Each year, around 5,000 of the world’s brightest young leaders and innovators in every field converge on the prestigious Forbes Under 30 Summit for pitch contests, speakers and networking. This year’s event took place in Boston, Mass. from October 16–19, and included four separate content stages: Tech, Create, Capital and Impact. Participants come from all over the world, bringing an enormous variety of ideas, businesses, products and perceptions. Anyone under the age of 30 can apply to participate, and this year 12 Villanovans—including three students from the College of Engineering—were accepted to attend.
Impressive entrepreneurial and leadership experiences helped Zach Ellenhorn ’18 ChE land a spot at the summit. In addition to pursuing an entrepreneurship minor, Zach is a National Society of Black Engineers member and leader. Last summer he interned as a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.
Zach also founded his own service program, All Hands-On Science, which takes weekly trips to Philadelphia to help inner-city elementary schools teach math and science. He explains, “My main inspiration for All Hands-On Science was the statistic that only 18 percent of African American 4th graders are proficient in mathematics. This really bothered me, and I felt that, as a Villanovan, something had to be done.”