One woman left a big job at BP (BP) to start a "green" construction company that's disrupting the $7 trillion global building market.
Another woman ended her career in TV production to co-found a tech-centric ticketing business that has sold more than 130 million tickets to events worldwide.
Another woman organized the booming blogger community and created a multi-media company that reaches an audience of 92 million monthly.
These and seven other female founders make up the 2013 class of Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.
Looking for builders of innovative, ground-breaking and game-changing startups, Fortune's editors chose these women from this year's pool of more than 100 applicants:
•Sarah Collins, Founder, Natural Balance
•Sari Davidson, CEO and Chief BooginHead, BooginHead
•Ann Hand, CEO, Project Frog
•Julia Hartz, Co-Founder, Eventbrite
•Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource
•Jules Pieri, Co-Founder and CEO, The Grommet
•Maria Rios, President and CEO, Nation Waste, Inc.
•Lori Steele, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Everyone Counts
•Lisa Stone, Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer
•Rose Wang, Founder and CEO, Binary Group
This year's 10 MPW Entrepreneurs will be Fortune's guests at the 2013 Most Powerful Women Summit, October 15-17 in Washington, D.C. They'll join 400 other women leaders including Spanx founder Sara Blakely, entrepreneur Tory Burch, Yahoo (YHOO) chief Marissa Mayer, IBM (IBM) CEO GInni Rometty, Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg--and Warren Buffett (BRKA). Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs is sponsored by Care.com--whose founder-CEO, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, was an MPWE in 2009.
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Google (GOOG) did it by organizing the world's information.
Facebook (FB) did it by making the world more open and connected.
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That day, I saw proof, up close and personal, that MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 12, 2011 12:57 PM ET
The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit kicks off in two weeks with a twist on mentoring: 35 high school seniors will interview certain inspiring women leaders—including fashion entrepreneur Tory Burch, Lululemon (LULU) CEO Christine Day, Gilt Group Chairman Susan Lyne, singer Rosanne Cash—about success and how to get there.
Also in this mix of MPW mentors: Tyra Banks. The supermodel-cum-media entrepreneur created the TV hit, America's Next Top Model, has released MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 21, 2011 9:00 AM ET
Fortune's editors have chosen the 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. From a pool of 131 applicants, we've selected (not easily) 10 extraordinary innovators, game-changers and groundbreakers whose startups generated $1 million to $25 million in annual revenue last year--but appear poised to become large and global businesses.
That is, these women could be on the Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business list someday. (This year's U.S. and international rankings will MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 13, 2011 1:28 PM ET
Besides her 1,071 wins, 18 Final Fours, and eight national championships--the stuff that makes Pat Summitt the winningest coach, male or female, in NCAA basketball history--there is the stuff of her leadership. Measured against anyone else in sports or anywhere, Summitt stands as one of the most formidable and focused leaders you will ever meet.
Last night, after the University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach made the stunning announcement that she MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 24, 2011 3:03 PM ET
Most women don't go for it, career-wise, like the guys do. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy breaks that mold. A onetime star at Google (GOOG), where was president of Asia-Pacific and Latin American operations, she has restlessly rotated through the startup world--from Amazon.com (AMZN) to OpenTV to News Corp.'s (NWS) BSkyB to Yodlee, a financial-services company that she co-founded, to Polyvore, a fashion site where she was CEO last year until quitting MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 1, 2011 1:17 PM ET
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