- Hillary Lewis, 30
Hillary Lewis founded Lumi Organics as an MBA student in 2013 after a chance discovery turned her on to the potential of the organic juice industry. The company's name comes from the phrase "Love You, Mean It!" which she and friends had been using as a greeting for years. With a method known as high-pressure processing, Lumi produces 13 flavors of fruit and vegetable juice that are rich in nutrients, low in sugar, and free of harmful microorganisms. The Charlottesville, Virginia, business sells $8 dollar bottles of Belmont Beet, Piedmont Pineapple, and other varieties nationwide at grocery chains, in fitness studios, and through its website. It also has become a favorite in the locker rooms of professional sports teams such as the New York Yankees and the Washington Wizards. Lumi now employs 18 people, almost all women. Lewis's funding has come exclusively from her friends, but she expects an additional investment soon through a strategic partnership. Last year the company generated $1 million in sales.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16