By The NextGenVest Team
The #NGV18Under18 Global Competition will spotlight the most accomplished and promising high school students from around the world in a variety of categories. Already accepted into college and on your way out of high school? Why not nominate a sophomore or junior that deserves the recognition! Know an award winning young science mind? Is your friend always in the lab?
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and cosmologist. He attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree in physics, The University of Texas at Austin for his Masters in astronomy, and Columbia University, where he earned and Master of Philosopy in astrophysics and a Doctorate of Philosopy in astrophysics. His research has focused on the study of cosmology, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, bulges, and stellar formation. He is known widely for his ability to communicate complex scientific topics to the greater public, having hosted the television series Nova ScienceNow and Cosmos: A spacetime Odyssey, in addition to the many publications and columns he has authored.
Elizabeth Holmes is Founder and CEO of Theranos, a health technology and medical laboratoy located in Palo Alto, California. As a sophomore at Stanford University studying chemical engineering, Holmes left school in order to fully realize her idea of revolutinizing blood-testing. With a bridge loan from a venture capitalist and cashing out the money her parents had saved for college tuition, she started her company in 2003. Now Theranos is valued at $9 billion, has over 500 employees, and is licensed to run in every state. Holmes has 18 US patents, 66 non-US patents, and is listed as Co-Inventor on over a hundred patent applications. Owning 50% of Theranos's equity, Holmes is America's youngest female billianaire with a net worth of $4.5 billion.