Forbes has named two of ApplyBoard’s senior executives – co-founder and CMO Meti Basiri and COO Massi Basiri – to three 30 Under 30 lists: Immigrants, Education, and Big Money. The lists feature 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs, and risk-takers who are putting a new twist on what it means to be a leader for the next generation. Only four per cent of applicants are successful in being named to a list.

“We are truly honoured to be featured on three Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Lists,” said Meti Basiri. “We are dedicated to streamlining the international application process and making education accessible to students worldwide, regardless of their nationality or location.”

Coming to Canada from Iran for postsecondary studies, Meti, Massi, and their eldest brother Martin, co-founder and CEO of ApplyBoard, experienced the challenges international students face trying to access education. ApplyBoard was founded out of their shared experiences to streamline the student application process.

“Receiving this distinguished award allows us to show other international students and immigrants what you can achieve when you’re given equal opportunity and access to quality education,” says Massi Basiri. “We are delighted to be chosen and will continue our work to make education accessible to all.”

Since ApplyBoard’s founding in 2015, the staff has grown to nearly 300 and the company has raised US$54 million. Last month ApplyBoard was named Canada’s fastest-growing technology company. It has helped over 70,000 students around the world with their academic journey, and has grown to become the world’s largest platform for international student recruitment to Canada and the United States.

“The Forbes 30 Under 30 list has become the most trusted index identifying the next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and game-changers throughout the world,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer, Forbes, and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise. “Our honourees have already begun implementing fundamental change in their respective industries, and they’ve only just begun.”

This year’s 30 Under 30 honourees were vetted during an extensive three-layer process that leveraged the knowledge and authority of Forbes’ wide-reaching community, skilled reporters and expert judges.

The complete Forbes 30 Under 30: Class of 2020 can be found here.

About the Forbes 30 Under 30 list
Forbes’ Under 30 franchise is a global platform, which comprises Forbes Under 30 lists featuring young game changers published in print and online all over the world; live summits in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Israel; and an Under 30 channel on

About ApplyBoard
ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education. Connecting international students, recruitment partners, and academic institutions on its platform, ApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process. Founded in 2015, the company has built partnerships with over 1,200 primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, and works with 3,500 recruitment partners, to drive diversity on campuses across Canada and the United States. To date, the company has assisted more than 75,000 students with their educational journey. ApplyBoard is headquartered in Kitchener, ON Canada, with representatives in eight countries. For more information, visit

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Alicia Bedard
Director of Marketing, ApplyBoard |