Coolest College Start-ups 2011

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Black Swan Solar, Stanford University

Founder: Tom Currier is only in his second year of college, but he's already considered a serial inventor who has started nine companies and founded one non-profit. Currier recently brought on an experienced CEO who specializes in nanotechnology.
Concept: Create and patent innovations in harnessing solar and alternative energy.
Goal: Solve the world's energy crisis.
Revenue and funding: Undisclosed; currently working on a second round of investment.
Dream: Open up an invention shop in New Zealand. "The beauty of solar is you go where the sun is," Currier says.
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