19 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017
We polled investors, incubators, accelerators, and industry groups to bring you this list of 19 exciting social entrepreneurs on the rise in 2017 — plus their inspirations, recommendations, and recent lessons.
Brian Linton, age 30
Founder and CEO of United By Blue – Philadelphia, PA // Founded 2010 // 45 Employees
Linton grew up in and around the oceans in southeast Asia and always loved water. He started outdoor clothing company United By Blue first and foremost because he wanted to create a business that would have a meaningful impact on the “blue parts” of the planet. For every product sold, the company removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company-
organized and hosted cleanups. UBB’s clothing is now sold in 500 retail stores globally and the cleanups have removed nearly a million pounds of trash from oceans and waterways across 27 US states and Canada.
>> His Inspiration “The thousands of volunteers who have attended a United By Blue cleanup give me hope. I never cease to be surprised about the turnout — there are so many people out there who genuinely want to donate time and energy to making our planet a cleaner place.