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.
FORTUNE -- One of this year's Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs multitasks in Hollywood. She's a movie star.
Another 2012 MPW Entrepreneur just sold her company to Google (GOOG) for a reported $350 million.
Another winner, nominated by Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg, sold her company to LinkedIn (LNKD) for $119 million this year.
These three startup queens are Jessica Alba of The Honest Co., Victoria Ransom of Wildfire Interactive, and Rashmi Sinha MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 31, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Do you know an extraordinary female founder of an emerging global startup?
Or are you--yes, you!--a potential 2012 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur?
We 're extending the deadline to Wednesday, August 1, to nominate or apply to be selected as a 2012 Fortune MPW Entrepreneur. We're looking for female entrepreneurs at innovative, game-changing startups, based anywhere in the world, with revenue between $1 million and $25 million. We'll invite our 2012 honorees MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 24, 2012 12:50 PM ET
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 MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 2, 2012 10:54 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
Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs 2011 is open for nominations and applications.
Each year, Fortune recognizes 10 female entrepreneurs who are outstanding game changers, groundbreakers, and innovators. We invite them as our special guests to the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit (this year, October 3-5 in Laguna Niguel, CA) and we share their success stories with our readers.
We're on the hunt for female founders of thriving U.S. or international companies with MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 30, 2011 11:08 AM ET
by Patricia Sellers
Delivering a talk on Women and Power in Princeton on Thursday night, I tossed out a term that the crowd really liked: Raise the roof!
As I told the 400 people gathered at the YWCA "Tribute to Women" dinner, the "glass ceiling" concept is out of date--and let's rethink how far corporate women have come.
Not that bias against female managers has gone away--far from it, as I've written right MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 7, 2011 7:34 AM ET
Check out the gallery of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, published on Fortune.com and CNNMoney.com today.
Here on Postcards, we've been sharing stories and videos of the 10 women-run start-ups that we honored in this new program, a partnership between Fortune and American Express (AXP). Small-business innovators like these women are key to economic recovery in the U.S. Fortune chose these 10 not only for their achievement so far MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 18, 2009 1:02 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
New-product innovation tends to be 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Here's that 1% that led to the creation of a hot little company called Sheex: One afternoon in the summer of 2007, Susan Walvius, then the head women's basketball coach at the University of South Carolina, was at practice and wearing a pair of over-sized, super-soft, performance-fabric shorts. "I'd love to have bedsheets made out of this stuff," Walvius MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 15, 2009 12:08 PM ET
The Fortune Most Powerful Women isn't only about Fortune 500 bosses and world-renowned business builders like Oprah Winfrey.
Today we unveil a new program and annual list called Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. It's the right time to broaden the power base of the MPWomen community and honor outstanding builders of start-ups across the U.S. Small business, besides employing more than half of the U.S. workforce, is the main engine of the MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 7, 2009 3:33 PM ET
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