North America

Elsbeth Vaino

For years, exam preparation techniques have been dominated by traditional study guides and flash cards. Former university roommates Elsbeth Vaino and Bobbi Jaimet believe that this lucrative market - worth one billion dollars a year in the US alone - has long needed an injection of fresh ideas. With this in mind, they created B.E. Innovative Group Inc., a company which helps students preparing for exams by using lively interactive games that complement traditional study methods.

Mona S. Jhaveri

Ovarian cancer is often referred to in medical circles as a 'silent killer' because it is notoriously difficult to detect. A lack of accurate screening tests or clear early symptoms mean that most women who develop the disease aren't aware of it until it's too late. The treatment will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, how far it has spread and the severity of the cancer. Most women are offered surgery to remove the cancerous tumour, followed by a course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Lorin Cassidy

Motor racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world today. Whether premium tours like NASCAR and Formula 1 or more rugged ventures like dirt track, sprint cars, and super bikes, the industry is rapidly attracting new drivers and fans, many of whom are women. But the clothes available for female professionals and fans are still limited.

Una Ryan

After excelling in academia and ascending the ranks of the pharmaceuticals industry to become President and CEO of AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Dr. Una Ryan is turning her attention to water. Her latest venture, Waltham Technologies, has developed an environmentally friendly process that makes cleaning wastewater profitable. Currently in its start-up phase, the company plans to begin beta testing in 2010 and earning revenue in 2011.

Michele Romanow

Building on the success of her first business venture, The Tea Room, a zero-consumer-waste coffee shop, Michele Romanow is once again merging her interests in sustainability and food. Using an aquaculture facility in Florida, Evandale Caviar will supply the world’s largest caviar market, the United States, while working to protect the sturgeon species from extinction.

Joanna Baker & Phaedra Chrousos

In the US, patients are consistently faced with a lack of available medical appointments. Long-time friends and business school graduates, Joanna Baker and Phaedra Chrousos set out to find a solution to this chronic problem. The result: HealthLeap, a free service that enables patients to schedule medical appointments in their area quickly and easily online.

Jacqueline Thong

Chronic diseases, such as migraine, asthma or diabetes, affect over a billion people around the world, all of whom struggle to understand what triggers their symptoms and how best to treat them. After eleven years spent working in IT, including seven devoted to health IT applications, 33 year-old Jacqueline Thong has developed a way to help them by using the world’s most ubiquitous computing device: the mobile phone.

Kavita Shukla

Inventor and company co-founder Kavita Shukla believes that, by keeping food fresher for longer in a sustainable way, Fenugreen FreshPaper has the potential to dramatically lower the price of farm-grown produce while having a positive impact on the environment.

Angel Chang

Raincoats that light up, clothing that not only changes color, but has natural resistance to body-odor, or simply knickers with built in controls for your iPod… If Angel Chang has any say in the matter, clothes could get to be a whole lot smarter.

Katherina Ansink

Having always dreamed of owning her own business, Katherina Ansink decided to take the plunge after completing an executive MBA from Cornell University. With Kika Villareal, a range of intimate apparel celebrating the Latin American beauty ideal, she’s targeting a fast-growing market that may just represent a perfect opportunity.

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