Philly Startup Founder Rings Nasdaq Bell

It's been a heck of a year for Christopher Gray.

Christopher Gray (on the right in the white T-shirt) was among the Forbes Under 30 winners to ring the Nasdaq opening bell on Monday.

Christopher Gray (on the right wearing a white T-shirt) was among the Forbes Under 30 winners to ring the Nasdaq opening bell on Monday.

Christopher Gray can knock “ring the Nasdaq bell” off his bucket list.

He’s the founder of Scholly, a smartphone app that helps students easily find scholarship funds — which is incredibly useful in an era when hundreds of millions in scholarships are going to waste each year. Gray’s business got him noticed by Forbes magazine which named him to its 30 Under 30 list for 2016.

On Monday, Gray and some other winners joined Forbes Editor Randall Lane to ring the Nasdaq bell. Gray even got a moment on the huge video screen at Times Square.

The last 12 months have been particularly good to for Gray and Scholly. Back in February, he scored a $40,000 investment from Lori Greiner and Daymond John on Shark Tank and caused a big fight on the show in the process.

Then came the fall of 2015, when Scholly got not one but two $100,000 investments in the same week. The business beat out hundreds of other companies to win a $100,000 investment from Steve Case (AOL founder and angel investor) during his Rise of the Rest Tour. A few days later, Scholly got $100,000 from the Startup PHL Angel Fund.

(Hat tip to Technical.ly Philly, who first reported the story.)

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