8 women founders and CEOs 30 and under to watch in business

  • To compile this list of rising business stars at or under the age of 30, we received 70 submissions from top leaders including Marc Randolph, cofounder and the first CEO of Netflix, Nancy Duarte, CEO and principal of Duarte, Inc., and Geoff Ralston, the president of Y Combinator.
  • The roster includes CEOs and founders in tech, fashion, healthcare, education, and more.
  • Some major names are 27-year-old Maryellis Bunn, founder and CEO of Museum of Ice Cream and cofounder of experience-first development company Figure8 and 29-year-old Chrissa McFarlane, founder and CEO of healthcare blockchain company Patientory.
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Entrepreneurial rising stars aren’t hard to find — but identifying the real rockstars certainly isn’t easy in a sea of launching companies and unique business ideas. 

So to narrow down the pool just a bit, Business Insider asked leaders from various industries including tech, marketing, and consulting for their picks of women executives, CEOs, and founders at or under the age of 30 to watch. 

From the 70 submissions we received, we drew out these eight businesswomen, based on nominations from a wide range of industry experts including: 

  • Marc Randolph, cofounder and the first CEO of Netflix;
  • Nancy Duarte, CEO and principal of Duarte, Inc.;
  • Serguei Beloussov, CEO, founder, and chairman of backup software company Acronis;
  • Sandro Olivieri, founder and president of strategy consulting firm Productive;
  • Nigel Waller, managing director of management consulting firm Orsatech; and
  • Geoff Ralston, president of Y Combinator.

Only 6.6% of the current Fortune 500 CEOs are not men, and yet research suggests time and again that having women at the helm of a company reaps substantial rewards. Which is why we’re excited to acknowledge the impressive work of these individuals making waves in healthcare, fashion, education, technology, and elsewhere.

Check them out. The power players are listed in no particular order.

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