Emerson College will host a slate of innovators at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, a gathering of Millennial entrepreneurs and business leaders from a range of industries being held in Boston Oct. 16-19.
The Cutler Majestic Theatre will serve as one of the venues in the four-day event, which will feature TED-type presentations, panels, and live demonstrations by more than 200 founders and executives of technology companies, venture capital firms, media outlets, and nonprofits.
“As an institution where countless entrepreneurs have pursued their passion for arts and communication, Emerson College is excited to host participants coming to Boston for this year's Forbes Under 30 Summit,” President Lee Pelton said in a statement. “Our campus culture is one that is wonderfully collaborative and entrepreneurial. We’re looking forward to welcoming other young innovators from across the country who will gather to share ideas and envision how they will change the world.”
Emerson juniors, seniors, and graduate students can apply for free tickets to the event, where they can learn from young “game changers” and network with professionals and their peers. Under 30 Scholars will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one or in small groups with top recruiters from the best companies and startups in the United States. Students will be selected on a rolling basis. A 3.3 minimum GPA is required. Students can apply here.
The priority deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 26, with final applications due Tuesday, September 6.
“We are thrilled to have Emerson College as one of our key academic partners for the Under 30 Summit,” Randall Lane, Forbes editor, said in a statement. “We’re bringing the most creative young entrepreneurs and game-changers to Boston for three days. To get to introduce them to Emerson, one of the most ascendant hives of creativity, and the beautiful Cutler Majestic Theatre, makes all the sense in the world.”
Speakers who will speak on the tech stage at the Cutler Majestic, according to Forbes, include Neil Blumenthal, co-founder/co-CEO of Warby Parker; Andy Katz Mayfield, co-founder/co-CEO of men’s shaving company Harry’s Inc.; Deepak Chopra, founder the The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Jiyo.com; Yael Cohen Braun, co-founder of F—k Cancer; Lisa Falzone, co-founder/CEO of Revel Systems POS; and Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman.
Other confirmed speakers for the Summit include actress Jessica Alba, founder and chief creative officer of The Honest Company and Honest Beauty; Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakim, co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm; Benny and Rafi Fine, co-founders of Fine Brothers Entertainment; Beth Ferreira, managing partner at WME Ventures; Ryan Ozonian, CEO and co-founder of Cyber Dust; and James Proud, founder of “Internet of Things” device Hello.
Forbes Under 30 “mentors” speaking at the event include Breyer Capital CEO Jim Breyer; Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; Boston Mayor Martin Walsh; celebrity chef Bobby Flay; Ellevest co-founder Sallie Krawcheck; and legendary sex therapist Dr. Ruth.
Emerson joins a number of colleges and universities hosting venues for the Summit, including Harvard Business School, Northeastern University, Boston College, MIT, and Berklee College of Music, as well as Faneuil Hall. Forbes will also create an Under 30 Village in City Hall Plaza where participants can network, eat, drink, and watch presentations.
Sponsors of the Forbes Under 30 Summit include the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, The Macallan, Mayo Clinic, and Uber. Media sponsors are The Boston Globe and PAN Communications.