By Heather Finn
This summer, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City released a report showing that national startup activity increased in 2015 for the first time in 6 years. To me, this comes as no surprise: We millennials make up more than half of today’s workforce, after all, and turning our big ideas into small businesses is what we do.
Take these three young entrepreneurs, for example. Their big ideas exist within vastly different industries, but they’ve turned those pie-in-the-sky thoughts into sweet realities. Keep an eye on them as we head into the new year, because trust us — these millennials are going places.
1. The Style Queen: Katrina Lake, founder and CEO ofStitch Fix
Ever wondered how much easier your hectic mornings would be if someone picked your outfits for you? If the answer is a resounding “YES,” meet Katrina Lake’s personal styling service, Stitch Fix. Designed for busy women on the go, Stitch Fix ships boxes of five personalized clothing items (read: they should fit you, match your personal style, and accommodate your budgeting needs) directly to your door. Pick and pay for what you want, and send the rest back. What a win!
Check out Katrina Lake's profile here and get connected!
2.The Social Impact All-Star: Bridget Hilton, founder of LSTN Sound Co
When you combine a beautiful, high-quality product with a desire to do social good, you get Bridget Hilton's LSTN Sound Co. With each gorgeous pair of wooden headphones sold, funds are raised and awareness is spread for hearing loss around the world. According to the LSTN website, Hilton and her team have already helped over 20,000 people around the world hear—and they're just getting started.
Check out Bridget Hilton's profile here and get connected!
3. The Tech Visionary: Kegan Schouwenburg, founder and CEO of SOLS
Need the extra support of a hyper-customized insole? Kegan Schouwenburg and her 3D-printing company, SOLS, have you covered. The process goes a little something like this: Download the SOLS app to your iPhone or iPad, take three photos of each foot, and let Schowenburg and her team work their magic. Bringing custom 3D printing to the masses? Now that’s cool.
Check out Kegan Schowenburg’s profile here and get connected!
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