An assortment of young entrepreneurs and innovators from Missouri appeared on Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 lists, released this month. The lists, which Forbes bills as its “annual encyclopedia of creative disruption,” feature 600 rising stars from 20 different industries, including six representatives of the Show-Me State.
Sparo Labs co-founders Andrew Brimer, 27, and Abigail Cohen, 26, appeared on the Forbes list for health care. Brimer and Cohen, St. Louis residents and Washington University graduates, founded Sparo in 2012. The startup is working to transform respiratory care and has developed a smartphone sensor for measuring lung function.
Marshall Haas, 27, earned a spot on the Forbes list for retail and commerce. Haas, a St. Louis resident, is co-founder of Need/Want, a product manufacturing company whose offerings include iPhone cases, bedding and notebooks.
Sam Coster, 27, a St. Louis resident and graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, was recognized by Forbes for his work in games. Along with his brothers, Seth and Adam, Coster co-founded Butterscotch Shenanigans, an independent game studio that has produced titles including Crashlands. The studio did $1.4 million in revenue last year.
Richard Williams, 29, better known by his stage name, Prince Ea, made the 30 Under 30 list for education. Williams, a St. Louis resident and graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is a rapper, spoken word artist and film maker. His work, focused on civil rights and education, has earned notoriety for its popularity on social media.
Thea Neal, 29, received recognition for her work in marketing and advertising. Neal works at Kansas City-based Hallmark, running social media for the company’s 2,000 Gold Crown stores. According to Forbes, her work with social media influencers generated more than 50 million impressions, and she hosts an online show that’s received more than 200,000 views.