Prague, Czech Republic – This year, two Czechs are ranked among the world’s youngest and most promising talents, according to the Forbes “30 under 30” Europe ranking 2019.
Every year, reporters from the U.S. magazine compile a list of 300 disruptors and high-achievers in their respective fields, gathered in ten different categories (Art & Culture, Finance, Media & Marketing, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports & Games, Retail & Commerce, Manufacturing & Industry, Entertainment, Technology).
Ondrej Kania, 26-years old from Brno, the Czech Republic’s second largest city, is the co-founder of JK Education, a company that “works to connect Eastern European students with scholarships to elite international secondary schools” and also opened three of their own schools in the Czech Republic. His work to “help young scholars in search of better education options” has been widely acclaimed, helping him making it unto the list of Forbes’ “30 under 30” 2019 ranking in the Social Entrepreneurs category.
According to JK Education’s website, the company has sent more than 400 students from Central Europe abroad since its foundation five years ago, working as a direct link between the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary and the U.S., Canada and other European countries.
Professional tennis player Petra Kvitova is the second Czech national to make it on the list this year. With 26 career single titles since she started her professional career in 2006, including two Grand Slams (Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014) and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Petra Kvitova is the highest-ranked Czech player at only 28 years old and also won the WTA Elite Trophy in 2016. Earlier this year, she reached the Australian Open final but was beaten by Japanese player Naomi Osaka, n°1 in the WTA singles rankings.
Currently ranked world n°4 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), right before fellow Czech compatriot Karolina Pliskova at the 5th place, Kvitova, who originally comes from the town of Bilovec in the Moravian-Silesian region, is the highest-ranked left handed player in the world.
Outside of the Czech Republic, you can also check out the other nominees from Central Europe in this year’s “30 under 30” according to Forbes: a Hungarian video game designer, a Slovak professional gamer and 6 Poles, including entrepreneurs, a medical researcher and an actor.