Do you know a woman who is building a game-changing startup? She could be a Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur.
The 2012 Fortune MPW Entrepreneur program is open for nominations and applications. Each year, Fortune recognizes 10 emerging female founders of innovative, groundbreaking companies. We're looking for emerging female entrepreneurs at thriving businesses, based anywhere in the world, with revenue between $1 million and $25 million. We'll invite the 2012 winners to be our special guests at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, October 1-3 in Laguna Niguel, CA. We'll celebrate these extraordinary businesswomen and share their success stories with our readers.
To nominate a MPW Entrepreneur, please email Dawn Nadeau at email@example.com by Wednesday, July 25. Include the entrepreneur's name, her contact information, company website, and a brief note about why we should consider her. (We'll contact her and ask her to apply.)
Last year's winners included Clara Shih of Hearsay Social, Katrina Markoff of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Kara Goldin of Hint water, Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss of Rent the Runway, and Demet Mutlu of Turkish-based Trendyol. These extraordinary women joined a MPW community of Fortune 500 CEOs, Silicon Valley stars including Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook (FB) and Marissa Mayer of Google (GOOG), and entrepreneurs such as Tory Burch and Chelsea Handler.
Want to see the full slate of honorees since Fortune launched MPW Entrepreneurs in 2009? Click here. And the best place, besides Postcards, to learn the latest about MPW and emerging women entrepreneurs? Go to FortuneMPW on Facebook and follow FortuneMPW on Twitter.
Clara Shih is an early achiever. At age five, she arrived in the U.S., from Hong Kong, with her parents. With no access to bilingual education, she was initially placed in special classes for kids with speech impediments and advanced so rapidly that she scored a 1420 on her SATs -- in eighth grade. She started her company, Hearsay Social, at age 27, made Fortune's list of Most Powerful Women MOREPatricia Sellers - Jan 11, 2012 10:22 AM ET
This past summer, when Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg emailed me about Clara Shih, we at Fortune knew to keep a lookout.
"I think she is awesome," Sandberg wrote in her email.
Sure enough, Starbucks (SBUX) yesterday named 29-year-old Shih, a social-media entrepreneur, to replace Sandberg on its board of directors.
A 29-year-old on the Starbucks board?!
Starbucks is bulking up on social-media expertise at a time when boards of most Fortune 500 companies desperately MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 15, 2011 1:20 PM ET
There is no shortage of female entrepreneurs. But where are the women who think really, really big?
FORTUNE -- Ever wonder why there 's no female Mark Zuckerberg? It is, after all, the era of the social web. Women use social-networking sites more than men do. Women stay on social sites longer. Women provide the bulk of the revenue at Zuckerberg's Facebook and gaming company Zynga, and most other fast-growing startups in the consumer Internet MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 4, 2011 1:31 PM ET
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