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YEC Members Named to 2015 Forbes "30 Under 30"

Forbes is at it again with its annual “30 Under 30” list — and this year, it’s bigger than ever. The 2015 honorees — 600 in total — span across 20 subcategories, ranging from healthcare to Hollywood and sports to social entrepreneurs.

Eight of these game changers are members of the YEC community.

Congratulations to George Bousis, Aman Advani, Jordan Edelson, Shama Hyder, Bridget Hilton, Deckard Sorensen, Nicholas Rellas and Arian Radmand!

George Bousis, 27, is the founder of Raise, a mobile marketplace for discounted gift cards. Users can buy or sell unwanted gifts or store credit right from their smartphone, and Raise takes a 15 percent cut. In November, Bessemer Venture Partners invested $18 million into the company.

Aman Advani, 26, is the co-founder and president of Ministry of Supply, a retail startup for performance professional menswear. The company launched via a very successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012.

Jordan Edelson, 29, is the founder of Appetizer Mobile, a mobile application development company. On his client roster? The NBA, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent and Kim K. Two of Appetizer Mobile’s apps — Montessorium’s “Intro to Letters” and “Intro to Math” — were pre-installed for demo in Apple stores around the world for the iPhone 4S.

Shama Hyder, 29, is the founder of The Marketing Zen Group. During its first year, in 2009, the company grew 400 percent, and now has a revenue (2014) of roughly $2 million.

Bridget Hilton, 29, is the founder of LSTN, a company that sells high-quality, fashion-forward headphones made from reclaimed wood. LSTN promotes a mantra of social good by working with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help restore the hearing of a person in need for each pair of headphones sold.

Deckard Sorensen, 24, is the president of NBD Nanotechnologies. The venture-backed company is spearheading surface wetting modification technologies, inspired by the Namib Beetle, and is “developing cutting-edge solutions for applications that could benefit from hydrophobic, oleophobic or hydrophilic properties.”

Nicholas Rellas, 25, is the co-founder of Drizly, an online and mobile delivery service for liquor, wine and beer. Drizly promises to deliver orders right to your door within about 40 minutes. The e-commerce company recently teamed up with MillerCoors for a cross-promotion deal and has recently launched an API, allowing third parties to integrate the delivery platform into campaigns.

Arian Radmand, 29, is the founder of CoachUp, a service that pairs athletes of all levels and types — from beginners to elite players, and from football to squash — with private coaches to help step their game up. CoachUp has raised nearly $10 million in funding, and recently added New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman to their Athlete Advisory Council.

Congratulations to everyone who made the list!

View all 2015 Forbes “30 Under 30” honorees here.

[Photo: forbes.com]