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Forbes Announces The Final Installment Of 250 Entrepreneurs Featured On Its 2021 Next 1000 List

The Fourth and Final Installment Of The 2021 Next 1000 Spotlights 250 Rising Entrepreneurs From Diverse Backgrounds Who Are Redefining The American Dream

NEW YORK – December 15, 2021 – Forbes today announced the final installment of 250 entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000, a list of inspiring entrepreneurs and small business leaders—many from diverse, underrepresented communities—who are redefining what it means to build and run a business amid the new normal. The Next 1000 list, presented by Square, spotlights a total of 1,000 entrepreneurs who are announced each quarter in installments of 250 standouts.

“As we enter another pandemic year, entrepreneurs and small business owners are finding new ways to thrive amidst ever-uncertain circumstances,” said Maneet Ahuja, Senior Editor, Forbes. “The fourth and final class of Next 1000 entrepreneurial heroes is writing the playbook for not only achieving financial recovery but speeding past it. These sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups are proving that – through resolve, hard work, and solid planning – anything is possible.”

Over the course of the year, the Next 1000 not only spotlights the diversity within the small business space, but also the different paths that entrepreneurs are taking to create success. In a new post, Ahuja reports that despite global supply chain issues and the highest spike in inflation in over 30 years, there are bright spots on the horizon for the nation’s more than 30 million small businesses.

Key components and features of the fourth installment of the Next 1000 package include:

·       The Next 1000 lander page, featuring a new in-depth examination of the challenges facing small businesses right now by Forbes Senior Editor Maneet Ahuja, as well as a piece highlighting three standouts from each of the four installments of the 2021 Next 1000 list:

o   Ramunda Young, cofounder of MahoganyBooks, an award-winning bookstore that sells books written for, by and about people of the African diaspora; Cynthia Plotch, cofounder of Stix, a women’s health startup dedicated to discreetly delivering OBGYN-approved products to help women better manage their health; and Tanya Van Court, founder of Goalsetter, a financial literacy and savings platform for kids and families. The full list of 1000 list-makers can be found here.

The list is determined by an expert panel of A-list judges from every sector, who evaluate semi-finalists with Forbeseditors. A variety of factors are considered, including revenue, total funding ownership stake in business, business model and impact, and personal story.

Judges throughout the year have included:

·       Melissa Bradley, founder, 1863 Ventures; cofounder, Ureeka

·       Jean Case, chairman of National Geographic Society & CEO of the Case Impact Network

·       Tom Colicchio, chef and owner, Crafted Hospitality

·       Ayesha Curry, entrepreneur, restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author, Forbes Under 30

·       Phil Gaskin, vice president of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

·       Maëlle Gavet, CEO, Techstars

·       David Lawee, founder and general partner, Capital G

·       Aileen Lee, pounder & partner of Cowboy Ventures, board member of All Raise

·       Carla Harris, vice chairman & managing director of Morgan Stanley

·       Meena Harrisfounder and CEO, Phenomenal; New York Times bestselling author 

·       Mellody Hobson, co-CEO & president of Ariel Investments, vice chairman of Starbucks, board member of J.P. Morgan Chase, former chairman of DreamWorks Animation

·       Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn & partner at Greylock

·       Asahi Pompeypresident, Goldman Sachs Foundation; global head of corporate engagement, Goldman Sachs

·       Alex Rodriguez, founder & CEO of A-Rod Corp, chairman of Presidente USA (AB In-Bev), World Series Champion & baseball legend

·       Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Meta & founder of LeanIn.Org & OptionB.org

·       Lilly Singh, comedian & host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh

·       Ciara, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter

·       Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback & Super Bowl champion

For the full Next 1000 package, visit: The Next 1000 2021.

Join the conversation on social with the hashtag #Next1000.

The Next 1000 list is presented by Square.

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