I don’t know if it’s ever been easier to start a business. The tools needed to publish, promote, create, distribute and capitalize have been digitalized and democratized. This ease of entry allows entrepreneurs to quickly bring products and services to market that align with their curiosity, their purpose and their passion. Now more than ever, a start-up can materialize as a real-time solution to problem that entrepreneurs see in the world.
But building a business is still incredibly hard. The people on this list have persevered to launch and grow businesses across many different industries and professions. They’re all using ingenuity, persistence and hard work to drive their businesses toward higher ground. And they deserve to be celebrated for their reluctance to settle for the status quo, alway striving for improvement.