Empact100 Honors CollegeSpring at White House

San Francisco, CA, October 1, 2013 – Today, CollegeSpring announced that it has been named as an honoree on the 2012 Empact100 list by Empact, an organization that focuses on making entrepreneurship a viable career option for everyone around the world.

CollegeSpring was co-founded by Garrett Neiman in 2008, while Neiman was an undergraduate at Stanford, and has become California’s largest nonprofit provider of SAT preparation and college readiness programs for low-income students.

Now in its second year, the Empact100 recognized CollegeSpring as being among the United States’ “Top 100 Companies Started by Young Entrepreneurs”, during a ceremony held on Friday, September 28 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Garrett Neiman, Co-Founder and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of CollegeSpring at the ceremony:

“I am pleased that CollegeSpring’s innovative approach to SAT preparation and college readiness is being recognized at the White House, and I hope that that this honor will serve to highlight ongoing efforts to improve college access and retention for low-income and first-generation college bound students across the nation. CollegeSpring believes that all students deserve the opportunity to choose a four-year college education; our low-cost, high-impact programs ensure that low-income students have the tools and support they need to succeed.”

The Empact100 list is comprised of the top 100 companies in the Empact Showcase, a compilation of the United States’ leading entrepreneurs who are age 30 and under, and whose annual revenues or operating budgets (for non-profits) are more than $100,000. In 2012, the companies on the Empact Showcase contributed more than 8,000 jobs to the economy, and controlled $1 billion in revenue.
“The annual Empact100 and Empact Showcase are both a testament to the impact that entrepreneurs are making on our economy, and an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Sarah Green, Co-Founder, Empact100. “We are proud of all of the 2012 Empact 100 honorees and pleased to support them by celebrating the spirit, dedication and hard work that has made them successful entrepreneurs.”
The Empact100 list was finalized by the 2012 Empact Academy.  Members of the Academy are among the United States’ leading entrepreneurs, and include:

  • Aaron Batalion, Founder & CTO, Living Social
  • Gene Landrum, Founder, Chuck E. Cheese
  • Jeff Hoffman, Founding Team Member, Priceline.com
  • Jeff Sandefer, Founder, Action Foundation & Sandefer Offshore
  • Mike Delazzer, Founder, Redbox
  • Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor
  • Chuck Templeton, Founder, Open Table

About the Empact Showcase and Empact 100

In early 2012, entrepreneurs meeting the minimum criteria from across the country were invited by Empact to apply for the Empact Showcase.  The list was judged primarily by revenue, with additional factors such as number of employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovativeness coming into play.  The official 2012 Empact100 list was determined by the Empact100 Academy who reviewed the entrepreneurs’ responses.

Formally known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, Empact aims to facilitate a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world by exposing young people to entrepreneurship, supporting early stage entrepreneurs and celebrating the vital role young entrepreneurs play in our economy. Learn more at http://www.iempact.com.

For more information on the Empact100, visit www.empact100.com, or connect with the Empact 100 via Facebook at www.facebook.com/iEmpact or Twitter at www.twitter.com/iEmpact.  Please direct any questions to Empact100 co-founder, Sarah Green, at [email protected]

About CollegeSpring

CollegeSpring partners with schools and community-based organizations to offer a high quality SAT and college preparation program for low-income high school students. We narrow the college opportunity gap by setting students on the path to college and by raising community expectations around educational achievement. CollegeSpring envisions a world in which all students, regardless of background, have the opportunity to prepare sufficiently for college and to succeed once they get there.

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