- Porter Braswell, 28; Ryan Williams, 26
The recruiting firm tackles the lack of diversity in the U.S. work force by connecting African American, Native American, and Hispanic job candidates with major companies in industries such as technology, finance, and health care. Co-founders Ryan Williams and Porter Braswell met when they worked together on Wall Street. As African Americans working in finance, both felt frustrated with the industry's troubling diversity problem, and were then inspired to launch Jopwell. For a flat fee, employers can access thousands of profiles for qualified candidates of color. To date, Jopwell has facilitated over 6,000 "connections" (meaning contact made between job seekers and HR reps), and counts Facebook, BuzzFeed, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley among its clients.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16