NEW YORK, Jan. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading global startup accelerator Dreamit announced today that four of its alumni, Ben Rubin, Candace Mitchell, Danny Cabrera, and Ricky Solorzano, were named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 List. The list celebrates “the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents, and change agents in 20 different sectors.”
- Ben Rubin, co-founder and CEO of Life on Air Inc., best known for its live video broadcasting app Meerkat, was named to the 30 Under 30 List in Consumer Technology. Rubin participated in Dreamit in 2013 while iterating on live video services, and finally launched Meerkat which quickly became one of the most buzzed about apps in the industry. An early investor in Life on Air, Dreamit was proud to participate in the recent $14 million Series B round led by Greylock partners.
- Candace Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of Techturized Inc., was named to the 30 Under 30 List in Retail & E-Commerce, recognizing entrepreneurs for reinventing how consumers shop. Mitchell is revolutionizing the multi-billion dollar African-American hair sector, beginning with the mobile app Myavana – a network for black haircare that connects clients with stylists and encourages community through photo-sharing and tips. Mitchell participated in Dreamit’s accelerator program in 2014, where she received mentorship in de-risking her product and met investors through Dreamit’s global network.
- Danny Cabrera and Ricky Solorzano, co-founders of BioBots, were both named to the 30 Under 30 List in Manufacturing & Industry, credited with ushering in a new era in manufacturing. BioBots, which makes 3D printers capable of producing living tissue for biology and medical researchers, participated in the 2014 Dreamit Health program and has gone on to raise $1.5 million and win “Most Innovative” company at SXSW.
“The entrepreneurs who come to Dreamit are some of the most talented and passionate individuals in the world,” said Dreamit CEO Avi Savar. “The recognition Ben, Candace, Danny, and Ricky have earned for introducing game-changing innovation is well-deserved, and we look forward to continuing to support them as they achieve business milestones and transform entire industries.”
A top accelerator differentiated by its focus on customers and demand-driven innovation, Dreamit recently relaunched its program to further emphasize industry track immersion and appeal to a broader range of entrepreneurs with a flexible offer. Dreamit Health and Dreamit EdTech have seen a spike in applications from later stage companies, and Dreamit is currently accepting applications for Dreamit Health at www.dreamit.com/apply.
Ranked one of the top 10 business accelerators in the world by Forbes and a top 20 Venture Capital firm by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dreamit focuses on bringing the right people together to drive progressive innovation and real business velocity. Dreamit has launched over 220 startups that have gone on to raise in excess of $275M and are collectively worth in excess of $1B including LevelUp, SeatGeek, BioBots, Adaptly, Meerkat, and more.