Under30CEO Award Winners: Top Young Entrepreneurs in Boston

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Startup Advice / October 23, 2012

This summer, Under30CEO launched a nationwide campaign to discover the most promising young entrepreneurs from all across the United States.  The goal of the Under30CEO Awards is to highlight the next big innovators, leaders, and world changers from our Top 10 Cities for Young Entrepreneurs.

In order to qualify, the entrepreneurs had to meet revenue requirements of between $50,000 and $10,000,000 (OR) over 10,000 users, (OR) have between $50,000 and $10,000,000 in funding, under the age of 30.

The following are the 2012 Under30CEO Award Winners from Boston.  Boston’s young entrepreneurs had over $7,000,000 in revenues, $10,800,000 in funding, 400,000 users and employed over 150 people.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Todd Boucher

Age: 30

Company: Leading Edge Design Group

Description: Leading Edge Design Group is a leading national provider of energy optimization services that delivers significant energy savings  through efficient data center designs and emerging LED lighting and wireless lighting control technologies. Founded in 2007 with the goal of pursuing, promoting, and providing the finest energy optimization solutions available, we help our customers minimize the environmental impact of their businesses while improving operational reliability and reducing costs. Leading Edge Design Group is dedicated to encouraging, challenging, and contributing to energy industry innovation with an ongoing commitment to our community and our environment.  Our clients represent diverse industries in the public and private marketplaces and include: Harvard University, TomTom, Amdocs, US Air Force, US Army Corps of Engineers, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Fairpoint Communications, Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, and Sanofi Aventis.

Tom Humphrey

Age: 28

Company: Kanopy

Description: Kanopy Streaming is pioneering the distribution and use of video in education. Kanopy has partnered with large film producers (such as Universal Paramount, the BBC, and the History Channel) and independent filmmakers to build the largest catalogue of online educational videos globally. Kanopy delivers videos to Universities and other educational institutions through a state-of-the-art platform with many user interactivity and engagement applications.

Eric Grande

Age: 29

Company: Imperial Promotional Embroidery

Description: Imperial provides companies with custom embroidered and screen printed apparel as well as promotional products. We have our own in-house embroidery facility in Boston. Imperial sells products through a retail  store, website,  and with a sales team.

Jason Ethier

Age: 24

Company: Dynamo Micropower

Description: Dynamo Micropower is commercializing a microturbine that will revolutionize small power generation.  By reinventing the gas turbine from the ground up, we have developed a method for building these prime movers to be cost competitive with incumbent reciprocating engines.  We have previously received an NSF SBIR Phase I Grant to refine a product that will change the way small engines are designed, built, and deployed.

Polina Raygorodskaya & Igor Bratnikov

Age: 26 & 26

Company: Wanderu

Description: Revolutionary ground travel search that helps consumers quickly and easily find and book inter-city bus and train travel between any two points in the country.

Khalil Fuller

Age: 20

Company: NBA Math Hoops

Description: NBA Math Hoops makes math fun. We’ve partnered with the NBA and Hasbro games, and created a supplemental math curriculum for middle and high school aged students, which is centered around a basketball board game. In our pilot studies, students’ math scores improved by 51% after our curriculum! NBA Math Hoops is launching nationally in the Fall of 2012, and will be played by over 15,000 students this year! Khalil recently received an Echoing Green Fellowship, naming him and NBA Math Hoops one of the top 30 social enterprises in the world. Khalil is the youngest Echoing Green Fellow in the organization’s 25 year history.

Boris Resvin

Age: 28

Company: Dailybreak

Description: Dailybreak delivers a new form of content that entertains, educates and challenges consumers while creating value and driving digital social action for brand advertisers. Dailybreak’s innovative content advertising units, called Challenges, are consumer-initiated experiences that incent people to engage with and share a brand’s message. Dailybreak provides unique advertising solutions with highly relevant targeting, engaging content and guaranteed results to some of the world’s leading brands including McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch, Dunkin Donuts, Microsoft and Chevrolet. For more information, visit www.dailybreak.com/advertising.

Ben Maitland-Lewis

Age: 29

Company: Indie Ambassador

Description: Indie Ambassador is a Boston-based music media & technology company. Our first product, Presskit.to, is the music industry’s first portfolio web app that makes you look and sound your best. By highlighting your recent accomplishments in the Wins section, and neatly showcasing your best media and files by syncing with Soundcloud, Youtube, and Vimeo, were presenting your work in a way that impresses even the highermost music professionals. Your Presskit is media rich and to the point, which gives them what they want, how they want it, on any device.

Andrew Kitzenberg & Jeff Brayer

Age: 25 & 25

Company: Memory on Hand

Description: Memory on Hand manufactures and distributes tech accessories for students of the mobile generation.  The Company is focused on its distribution network and helping to rejuvenate the collegiate market as stores adjust to declining textbook revenues.  Memory on Hand currently sells to 400 college stores in all 50 states.  The Company was built on the MoH Band (Memory on Hand Band) a USB flash drive wristband that can be conveniently carried around your wrist, backpack, or purse so you never lose your flash drive again.


About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.