NEW YORK – February 16, 2021 – Forbes today announced the first class of 250 entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000, a list of innovators and inspiring small business leaders from all backgrounds and industries who are redefining what it means to build and run a business, amid unprecedented uncertainty.
Announced last year, the first-of-its-kind Next 1000 initiative is part of Forbes’ ongoing mission to champion ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups – all with under $10 million in revenue or funding – that reflect the diversity of America. Many of these businesses have continued to thrive during the pandemic – proof that American entrepreneurship remains resilient and vibrant.
“Small businesses accounted for two-thirds of net new American jobs before the pandemic. Unlike venture-backed startups, which largely skew male and often overlook unrepresented groups, the entrepreneurial heroes featured on the Next 1000 reflect individuals from diverse communities who are redefining the American Dream,” said Maneet Ahuja, Senior Editor, Forbes.
The Next 1000 list will spotlight a total of 1,000 entrepreneurs, announced every quarter in installments of 250 standouts. As part of the first installment of the Next 1000 package, key components and features will include: MORE FOR YOU How Your Business Best Stands To Benefit From Embracing Automation21 Podcasts To Listen To In 2021Tapping Into Health To Excel In Business
· Spotlight featuring list makers Francisco Aguilar, Founder of Bounce Imaging; Julia Niiro, founder of MilkRun and Asha Kangralkar, cofounder of cookware company Avacraft.
· An inside look into the businesses of five dynamic women on the Next 1000 ranking.
· An esteemed panel of A-list judges from every sector will evaluate semi-finalists with Forbes editors. A variety of factors will be considered, including revenue, total funding, ownership stake in business, business model and impact, as well as personal story.
· The list of judges includes:
o Jean Case, Chairman of National Geographic Society & CEO of the Case Impact Network
o Ayesha Curry, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Forbes Under 30 Listmaker
o Carla Harris, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Morgan Stanley
o Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President of Ariel Investments, Vice Chairman of Starbucks, board member of J.P. Morgan Chase, former Chairman of DreamWorks Animation
o Reid Hoffman, Cofounder of LinkedIn & Partner at Greylock
o Aileen Lee, Founder & Partner of Cowboy Ventures, board member of All Raise
o Alex Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of A-Rod Corp, Chairman of Presidente USA (AB In-Bev), World Series Champion & baseball legend
o Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook & Founder of LeanIn.Org & OptionB.org
o Lilly Singh, Comedian & Host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh
o Ciara, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
o Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks Quarterback & Super Bowl Champion
In addition to the Next 1000 list, Forbes will host a three-part virtual event series to celebrate The Next 1000 honorees, beginning in March.
For the full Next 1000 package, visit: The Next 1000 2021
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The Next 1000 list is presented by Square.
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