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America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs: Readers Vote

Posted by: Nick Leiber on June 29, 2010

Three weeks ago, we posted profiles of 25 social ventures on this blog and asked readers to vote for the one they felt held the most promise. The profiles were part of our second annual round-up of businesses from across the country that aim to both turn a profit and do social good.

Now, nearly 4,500 votes later, the results are in.

No. 1. Hello Rewind took top spot, with about 17 percent of the vote. The New York City-based company makes custom sleeves for laptops out of old t-shirts, but its underlying mission is to help sex trafficking victims prepare for jobs.

No. 2 Morrisville, N.C.-based insurer The Redwoods Group pulled in just under 16 percent of the vote. Its founder, Kevin Trapani, says he started the company to cater to organizations like YMCAs, which are underserved by most insurers.

No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 With just over 13 percent of the vote, Philadelphia biodiesel equipment maker BlackGold Biofuels took third spot. Rural development bank Southern Bancorp and Palo Alto, Calif. irrigation systems maker Driptech, shared the fourth, with 8.5 percent of the vote each. Cambridge, Mass.-based Global Cycle Solutions, which makes bicycle attachments intended for farmers in the developing world, took fifth, with 7.5 percent.

Hearty congratulations, all. You can read profiles on each of the top vote-getters as well as the rest of the finalists in our slide show.

Be sure to check our blog for follow-ups on this year’s alums, and keep your eyes peeled for candidates for next year’s roundup.

Reader Comments


July 14, 2010 2:51 PM

Thanks, Businessweek readers! Hello Rewind is thrilled to be recognized amongst such amazing social entrepreneurs.

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