For the past five years, I’ve seen the positive impact entrepreneurs can have by solving social problems through the power of business.
Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) October 31, 2013
HUMAN Healthy Vending announces that it has ranked on the “2013 Empact Showcase” by Empact, an organization that focuses on creating cultures of entrepreneurship in communities around the world.
Now in its third year, the Empact Showcase recognized HUMAN Healthy Vending as being among the United States’ “Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs.”
Showcasing the company’s revenue growth and social impact, HUMAN Healthy Vending ranked on Empact’s “Empact100 Showcase" honoring top entrepreneurs and was a finalist in the categories “Most Disruptive” and “Largest Potential.” The criteria for selection include company revenue, number of employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and dedication to innovation.
“We are incredibly proud to rank on the Empact100 list alongside other young entrepreneurs who are transforming their industries,” said Sean Kelly, CEO and Co-Founder of HUMAN Healthy Vending. “For the past five years, I've seen the positive impact entrepreneurs can have by solving social problems through the power of business.”
One of the shared traits of Empact100 companies is that their founders give back to their communities by educating others on entrepreneurship. In fact, 61% of Empact100 companies’ founders spent over 50 hours giving back to the field of entrepreneurship education in 2012. HUMAN Healthy Vending has dedicated countless hours to creating young entrepreneurs in the underserved schools of Los Angeles through its Young Entrepreneur’s Program, which teaches a select group of students how to run their own healthy vending business.
The Empact Showcase is a compilation of companies in the United States started by entrepreneurs who are age 35 and under and whose annual revenues or operating budgets (for non-profits) are more than $100,000. In 2012, the companies comprising the Empact Showcase contributed more than 8,500 jobs to the economy and controlled over $1.3 billion in revenue.
Founders in the Empact Showcase were recently recognized for their achievements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The host of the 2013 Empact Showcase is the United Nations Foundation. American Airlines is the official airline and Entrepreneur Media is the official media partner.
“The annual Empact Showcase is both a testament to the impact that entrepreneurs are making on our economy and an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Sarah Green, Co-Founder, Empact Showcase. “We are proud of all of the entrepreneurs on the 2013 Empact Showcase and pleased to support them by celebrating the spirit, dedication and hard work that has made them successful entrepreneurs.”
About the Empact Showcase
In early 2013, entrepreneurs meeting the minimum criteria from across the country were invited by Empact to apply for the Empact Showcase.
Applications were then reviewed by the 2013 Empact Academy who are among the United States’ leading entrepreneurs, and include:
- Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network & ScyFy Channel & Chairman, Springboard Enterprises
- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos
- Gene Landrum, Founder, Chuck E. Cheese
- Jeff Hoffman, Founding Team Member, Priceline.com
- Jeff Sandefer, Founder, Action Foundation & Sandefer Offshore
- Chip Paucek, Co-founder & CEO, 2U & Former CEO, Hooked on Phonics
- Mike Delazzer, Founder, Redbox
- Chuck Templeton, Founder, Open Table & Managing Director, Impact Engine
The Academy selected honorees in several categories including:
- Empact100 – the top 100 companies in the Showcase
- Best Founder's Story
- Most Innovative
- Most Disruptive
- Largest Potential
- Top Social Company
- Top Female Founder
- Top Tech Company
- Top Advertising & Marketing Company
The honorees were selected based on company revenue, with additional factors such as number of employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovativeness coming into play.
For more information on the Empact Showcase, visit http://www.empactshowcase.com, or connect with Empact via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iEmpact or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/iEmpact. Please direct any questions to Empact Showcase co-founder, Sarah Green, at team(at)iempact(dot)com.
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About HUMAN Healthy Vending
HUMAN (“Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition”) Healthy Vending is America’s fastest-growing healthy foods distribution platform. Via healthy vending machines, healthy micro-markets, and other innovative automated retail technologies, HUMAN delivers on its vision to “make healthy food more convenient than junk food.” The HUMAN Healthy Platform can be found in over 2,000 schools, offices, hospitals, health clubs, YMCAs, and other locations in over 40 U.S. States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The “better-for-you” platform delivers a wide variety of healthy snacks, fresh produce, coffees, and locally-sourced foods. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN healthy storefronts provide nutrition education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other digital content.
HUMAN Healthy Vending has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as the #168th Fastest Growing Private Company in America, by Entrepreneur as one of its “Top 100 Brilliant Companies” and by Forbes as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” (two years in a row).
HUMAN donates 10% of profits to charities that fight the causes of childhood obesity and malnutrition, with a predominate recipient of those funds being HUMAN’s non-profit arm, HUMAN Everywhere.
Formally known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, Empact aims to facilitate a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world by exposing young people to entrepreneurship, supporting early stage entrepreneurs and celebrating the vital role young entrepreneurs play in our economy. Empact has worked with over 500 colleges & universities, workforce development organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and Small Business Development Centers to help promote entrepreneurship among aspiring entrepreneurs.
Learn more at http://www.iempact.com.
About United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems and broadens support for the UnitedNations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.
Learn more at http://www.unfoundation.org.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is committed to supporting innovation and social entrepreneurship. As part of our SME Strategic Development Initiatives, we are highly focused on empowering the next generation of high-growth/high-impact entrepreneurs, start-ups and incubators by providing strategic sponsorships and in-kind giving.
American Airlines continues to be at the forefront of innovation and leads the industry in developing technologies that improve the overall customer experience. We've created many products to help your trip go smoothly from curbside to boarding and everywhere in between. And we're paving the way to have the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet in five years–delivering a state-of-the-art flight experience to our customers. From start to finish, enjoy comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge technology.
Learn more at http://www.aa.com
About Entrepreneur Media
Young Entrepreneur is committed to chronicling the ups and downs of young entrepreneurs and start-up founders and serving as a resource for solid information and insights. Founded in 1999, YoungEntrepreneur.com has become one of the largest online forum communities for entrepreneurs worldwide.
Learn more at http://www.entrepreneur.com