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Business Week releases list of Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

May 30, 2009
Business Week's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

Business Week's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

Earlier this month, Business Week published its list of Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs in the US.  (No, I didn’t make the list…this year.)

Over 200 impressive nominations streamed in, representing a range of industries and target markets.  The magazine then culled through those, whittling the group to 25 finalists. In April they posted profiles in a slide show and encouraged readers to vote for the company they felt held the most promise. By the end of the month, over 12,500 votes had been cast.

This final list of five is quite impressive, and I hope to be interviewing each of the winners on Planet Good Radio in the coming weeks.  The five are:

No. 1 Online bookseller Better World Books. The 200-person company makes money selling books it gets for free from a network of individuals and institutions across the country.

No. 2 Health-care management and consulting company, Impact Makers, constructs disease-management programs, and performs IT work, systems consulting, and program audits.

No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 The next three runners-up: organic yogurt king Stonyfield Farm; university lecture video site Academic Earth; and San Francisco’s sustainable fish purveyor Clean Fish

You can read profiles on each of the top vote-getters as well as the rest of the finalists in Business Week’s slide show.

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