Besides staying up late and being known for questionable cafeteria food, college is a place for big ideas. With this in mind, here are ten companies created by college students who took their education, creativity, knowledge, and passions to the next level:
10. Endless Entertainment. Founded by students at Arizona State University, this noisy company provides entertainment planning services, as well as marketing and production. Sounds like success.
9. Big Fish Presentations. Kenny Nguyen, a junior at Louisiana State University, started this design firm when he realized he had major visual skills, as well as technical prowess. What does he do? He helps design PowerPoint, Prezi, and Animoto presentations for companies both small and large, taking his know-how to the next level.
8. G3Box. There might be something in the water in the Grand Canyon State, as this startup is yet another success story for ASU. With a focus on international relief, these industrious students convert freight shipping containers into workable medical clinics that can then be distributed worldwide. Their slogan? “Generating global good.” Sounds about right.
7. Ministry of Supply. Powered by a swanky band of MIT students, this fashion outlet combines style and technology, producing athletic-quality business wear. Seriously.
6. Pulse Motors. Founded by engineering students at the University of Pittsburgh, these seniors are already climbing to the top of the electric vehicle industry, supplying electric bikes. All you need is an outlet.
5. Stoked Skateboards. Created in California, this student-run company is tearing it up, offering customized skateboards and gear. Rad.
4. Simply Splendid Donuts. Offering donuts and ice cream, this shop run by a University of Houston senior is simply delectable.
3. Toepener. Perhaps the most inventive startup on this list, this group of 25 students from the University of Minnesota sells door handles, but not just any old door handles—instead, handles you can press with your feet. Genius.
2. The Little Salad Shop. Sick of sodium-filled cafeteria food, these Yale juniors decided to take matters into their own tongs, opening a restaurant that specializes in salads. And things are looking green; if business continues to go well, The Little Salad Shop will soon become a chain.
1. Facebook. Enough said.