5 Pinoys and 1 PH-based entrepreneur land on Forbes '30 Under 30 Asia' list


Posted at Mar 27 2018 03:54 PM

Social media star Bretman Sacayanan aka "Bretman Rock" makes it to Forbes list of "30 Under 30 Asia"

MANILA - Five Filipinos and one Philippine-based entrepreneur made it to this year's "Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia" list of young entrepreneurs, innovators and people who are disrupting industries. 

Forbes said this year's theme for its list was "Disruption and Innovation." 

Three hundred young men and women who are seen as visionaries and disruptors in 10 categories were named in this year's list after being vetted by a panel of judges in each category, Forbes said. 

Among them is Stephanie Sy, founder of data science startup Thinking Machines, which aims to make artificial intelligence systems work for humans. 

"With offices in Manila and San Francisco, clients include corporates, government agencies, NGOs and startups," Forbes said. 

Sy's company has been working with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to tackle traffic congestion in the capital by translating data from traffic navigation app Waze, Forbes said. 

Also on the list is Miko Aspiras, a chef who has worked in a number of top hotels and co-owns seven concept restaurants. 

Nineteen-year-old vlogger or video blogger Bretman Sacayanan also made the list. Sacayanan has amassed 8 million followers on Instagram and nearly 2 million subscribers on YouTube for his make-up tutorials and humorous takes on life. 

Prior to being named to the Forbes list, Sacayanan was also recognized by TIME magazine as among the "30 Most Influential Teens" alongside "Stranger Things" actress Millie Bobby Brown.

Carlo Delantar, the country director of non-profit group Waves for Water, was also on the list. Forbes said that Delantar's group helps provide clean water to communities in the Philippines.

"Delantar enlists the help of travelers there to distribute water filtration systems. So far, they have handed out some 10,000 water filters, helping one million Filipinos to access clean water," Forbes said. 

Another Filipino named on the list is Archie Oclos, an artist who aims to inspire social change. Oclos has painted murals criticizing the government's "war on drugs."

Patrick Lynch, an Irish who co-founded financial technology startup First Circle, also landed on the Forbes list. 

"First Circle uses available information such as social media, credit, network and cell-phone data to create credit scores to determine the feasibility of a loan," The company aims to make it easier for many small and medium enterprises to secure capital. 

Forbes said the criteria for making the list included leadership and disruption in their field, entrepreneurial mind-set and results, and the likelihood of changing their field over the next half-century.

For the complete Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 Asia list, visit https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30-asia/2018/