Forbes names 23 Austin executives on ‘Heroes of Entrepreneurship’ list

A spotlight shines on nearly two dozen future Austin-area Elon Musks.

Forbes magazine recently unveiled its latest installment of 250 entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000, a list of inspiring entrepreneurs and small business leaders “who are redefining what it means to start and run a business in the new normal.” Among the 250 are 23 Austin-area entrepreneurs.

“As we enter another pandemic year, entrepreneurs and small business owners are finding new ways to thrive in still uncertain circumstances,” said Maneet Ahuja, editor-in-chief of Forbes, said in a Press release. “The fourth and final class of Next 1000 entrepreneurial heroes are writing the playbook to not only achieve financial recovery, but to quickly outrun it. These sole proprietors, self-funded stores, and pre-revenue startups prove that through resolve, hard work and solid planning, anything is possible.

Here are the 23 Austin-area entrepreneurs who made the final installment of the Next 1000 list for 2021:

  • Nitin Agrawal, co-founder and CEO of Interstride, an Austin-based education technology company that provides international student support services to colleges and universities.
  • Antoinette Alexandre Adefela, founder of Exp.Design, a Round Rock-based consulting firm.
  • Tim Angelillo, founder of Austin-based Crafted Sourced Cocktails, which delivers craft cocktails to customers’ homes.
  • Ruben Arias, co-founder of Beereaders, an Austin-based digital platform that helps Spanish-speaking K-12 students improve their reading and writing skills in their native language.
  • Heather Emerson, founder of Austin-based Prep to Your Door, a farm-to-table meal delivery service.
  • Mbiyimoh Ghogomu, co-founder of Austin-based Tradeblock, a social marketplace for sneakerheads.
  • Christopher Jeanne, co-founder of Proper Good, an Austin-based provider of healthy prepared meals with “clean” ingredients.
  • Caren Kelleher, founder of Austin-based Gold Rush Vinyl, a vinyl record producer.
  • Ariel Lee, co-founder of Remane, an Austin-based hair care company that caters to black consumers.
  • Charles Li, founder of Austin-based V2 Admissions, which helps students gain admission to America’s top universities.
  • Daniel Marcos, founder of the Austin-based Growth Institute, an online provider of executive coaching.
  • Julia Niiro, founder of MilkRun, an Austin-based marketplace that sells fresh produce, dairy, and meat from small and medium-sized farms.
  • Victoria O’Connell, co-founder of Austin-based Golightly, a members-only vacation rental and home-sharing platform for women.
  • Janice Omadeke, founder of Austin-based The Mentor Method, whose software connects mentors with mentees.
  • Jen Pinkston, founder of La Paloma, an Austin-based retailer of 100% cotton children’s and women’s sleepwear.
  • Porter of Alexandria, founder of Austin-based Mod Tech Labs, which relies on machine learning to speed up the monotonous process of detailing digital content.
  • Scotty Reiss, founder of A Girls Guide to Cars, an Austin-based digital platform for women car buyers.
  • Yash Sabharwal, co-founder of Austin-based CherryCircle Software, which is reorganizing drug manufacturing management.
  • Krista Samson, founder of Austin-based Argument-Driven Inquiry, which provides teaching materials and educational resources for science, engineering, and math teachers in ninth-grade through 12.
  • Benjamin Smith, founder of Disco, an Austin-based retailer of facial cleansers, eye creams and masks for men.
  • Mark Stern, founder of Austin-based The Custom Box Agency, which offers more than 100 types of packaging to help businesses onboard employees and build relationships with potential and current customers.
  • Jean-Paul Udenenwu, founder of JP’s Pancake Co., an Austin food truck that serves luxury pancakes.
  • lauren washington, co-founder of Austin-based Fundr, an online marketplace that automates seed investing by creating portfolios of AI-controlled startups for angel investors and venture capitalists.

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