5 Coke Scholars Named Brightest Young Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Stars in Forbes 2023 30 Under 30 List
Each year, Forbes announces its 30 Under 30 list, naming 30 innovators in 20 different fields. Each honoree is distinguished as one of the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game changers in the country.
Forbes named 5 Coca-Cola Scholar honorees – here’s how they’re positively impacting the world as leaders in their field.
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2016 Coca-Cola Scholar
Co-founder of Fynn
Fynn brings safe, fair, and affordable loans to students of all backgrounds at qualifying trade schools.
Fynn customers see an average salary increase of 172%, says cofounder Ethan Anderson about the company that funds education for middle-class skilled workers, such as plumbers and welders. Since its launch in 2019, Fynn has raised $36 million in funding, including from SUSA Ventures, which led seed rounds with Robinhood and Flexport.
2012 Coca-Cola Scholar
Co-founder of Hamster Garage
Faique left his job at Airbnb to cofound affiliate marketing agency Hamster Garage with Imran Shamim. Now, Airbnb is their client, along with brands like Brex, Turo and Canva. The company acquired Swipehouse, an influencer marketplace with over 20,000 creators, in October 2021, further focusing on creator brand partnerships.
2012 Coca-Cola Scholar
Founder of The Coding School
A nonprofit focused on training students with coding and tech skills for the modern age, The Coding School specializes in making emerging fields like quantum computing, AI, and cyber security accessible to K-16 students and educators.
In addition to a number of other programs, like workshops and camps, TCS offers large-scale virtual courses with live instruction for K-12 credit, reaching up to 7,500 students in a given course. To date, it has trained 40,000+ students from 125 countries, has partnered with some of the world’s top companies and universities, including IBM, Google, Amazon, Caltech, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and others. TCS was also recently asked to join the White House’s K-12 quantum education partnership, Q12.
Learn more about Kiera and creating TCS.
Yoan Dipita N’Komba
2010 Coca-Cola Scholar
Vice President of Warburg Pincus
As Vice President in the Energy practice of $82 billion private equity firm Warburg Pincus, Yoan focuses on investing in technologies to create a more sustainable future. He leads the firm’s investments in environmentally transformative and economically sustainable businesses that offer decarbonization solutions without taxing a “green premium” to investors.
As the most senior Black investment professional at Warburg Pincus, Yoan champions increased representation internally and across the industry, serving on the firm’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council.
2018 Coca-Cola Scholar
Co-founder of Simplify Jobs
Y-combinator alumnus Michael Yan, Rushil Srivastava, and Ethan Horoschak are cofounders of Simplify Jobs, a recruiting platform for jobs and internships. In 2022, more than 2 million applications were submitted through Simplify, from students at more than 1200 universities. More than 80% of the app’s users are non-white people of color. The company, which has 80,000 active users, has received $1.2 million to date in VC funding.
Michael is also recognized by Forbes as one of the youngest honorees.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. With its 34th class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has provided more than $78 million in scholarships to over 6,600 program alumni who together have become a powerful force for positive change.