Monday, September 29, 2008

America's Best Young Entrepreneurs 2008

In the fourth annual America's Best Young Entrepreneurs contest, BusinessWeek readers nominated candidates aged 25 and under who are running their own companies that show potential for growth and establish the talent of the founders behind them. Richard Branson, BusinessWeek contributor and Duke University executive-in-residence Vivek Wadhwa, and the Kauffman Foundation's Bo Fishback helped to pick the 25 most impressive candidates from among this batch.

A few of the top 25 finalists include Richard Ludlow, 22, who turned down a job offer from McKinsey and deferred admission to Harvard Business School to start New York's Academic Earth, an online hub for videos of university lectures and other educational content. In between homework and basketball practice, high school senior Jasmine Lawrence, 17, landed deals with Wal-Mart (WMT) and Whole Foods (WFMI) to carry her line of natural cosmetics.

Check out all the top 25 finalists. Also, the top five winners of the contest were announced on September 26, 2008.

1 comment:

Mike said...

One of the top five vote-getters in this contest is acutally Josh Hackler, who received his B.S. from the Moore School (Ops concentration) in 2008. We are very proud of Josh’s growing business!