CollegeSpring Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship
Garrett Neiman among 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2014 Builders + Innovators Summit
San Francisco, CA, October 29, 2014 –
Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is recognizing CollegeSpring’s Garrett Neiman as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California.
Goldman Sachs selected Neiman as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event. Neiman is CEO of CollegeSpring, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2008 as a sophomore at Stanford University. After launching CollegeSpring during the heart of the recession, Garrett has grown CollegeSpring into the largest nonprofit provider of SAT and college readiness services specifically designed for students from low-income backgrounds. CollegeSpring has now reached 7,000 students, and employs 19 full-time staff members and hundreds of part-time employees. CollegeSpring’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Education Week, The San Francisco Business Times, The Orange County Register, NBC Bay Area, and Sheryl Sandberg’s #1 bestselling book Lean In. Neiman is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Milken Institute Young Leader, and Hitachi Foundation Young Entrepreneur; he was also recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education list and invited to the White House by President Obama to support the administration’s college opportunity initiative.
“I am honored that CollegeSpring was chosen as one of only a handful of nonprofit organizations to be recognized at the Builders + Innovators Summit,” said Neiman. “CollegeSpring’s SAT preparation and college readiness programs meet a critical need in increasing the number of students from low-income backgrounds who pursue four-year college educations. We will continue to develop and expand our programs in ways that creatively reach students at a point of inflection to change lives over the long term.”
“We are honored to recognize Garrett Neiman as one of the most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2014,” said David Solomon, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs. “This is the third year for the summit and our goal remains the same. We pair seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs — the builders and innovators — from a diverse set of industries to discuss how to make vital, enduring companies that reshape industries and boost the world’s economies through innovation.”
For more than 140 years, Goldman Sachs has been advising and financing entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their businesses. In addition to honoring 100 entrepreneurs, the summit consists of general sessions and clinics led by Goldman Sachs experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders as well as resident scholars.
CollegeSpring is a nonprofit that mobilizes experienced educators and near-peer mentors to help high school students from low-income backgrounds achieve the SAT scores, college acceptances, and futures they deserve.We partner with schools and community organizations in California and New York City to offer summer and academic-year programs. Since 2008, CollegeSpring has helped more than 7,000 boost SAT scores, navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes, and confidently pursue college degrees.