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MEET THIS YEAR'S TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 30

MEET THIS YEAR'S TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 30

Featured INC. Entrepreneur: BEST IN CLASS — Jennifer Schnidman Medbery, Kipp Believe College Prep

Inc.'s 30 Under 30 list is a glimpse into the next generation of business owners, as well as a reflection of the trends that have taken shape over the past few years. 

This year, the trend is even more noticeable: A third of the companies on this year's list were founded or co-founded by women. They include smart tech firms, ambitious social ventures, great service businesses—and that's just the four companies featured on the pages that follow. To meet the rest of the group click HERE

Keeping Kids on Track

FEATURED: Jennifer Schnidman Medbery knew that teaching at a New Orleans charter school would be tough. What surprised her was that the most challenging aspect of the job wasn't connecting with the kids as much as it was keeping track of their progress and behavior. So Schnidman Medbery, who studied computer science atColumbia before spending two years with Teach for America in Arkansas, decided to create software to help teachers track and analyze student performance.

That software, called Kickboard, allows teachers to make notes about their students—to note, for example, discipline problems or difficulty grasping key concepts—as well as view their colleagues' notes about the same kids. The software then analyzes the data and searches for patterns. Tulane M.B.A. students helped Schnidman Medbery write a business plan, which she submitted to the university's business plan competition, as well as contests at Penn and The Idea Village, an incubator in New Orleans. Schnidman Medbery's business, Drop the Chalk, won all three.

You Ate What?

Runner Up: Alexa Andrzejewski's first big entrepreneurial idea was for something you don't hear manySan Francisco twentysomethings pitching these days: a book. The book would be a field guide to global food, with beautiful photography and vivid descriptions, printed on actual paper. Then Andrzejewski met Ted Grubb, a Web developer and (at the old age of 30) a veteran of several Bay Area start-ups.

By the time Grubb got through with it, Andrzejewski's project had taken a decidedly 21st-century turn. Instead of a book, the pair decided to create Foodspotting, a website and mobile app that let users post photographs of their meals and find and rate restaurants. After capturing the top prize at San Francisco's Startup Weekend in 2010, the duo added New York Citymedia pro Soraya Darabi to their founder roster and scored $3 million in venture capital. (more)

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