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Babson Businesses Named America's Best By BusinessWeek

Three Babson businesses – Emergent Energy Group, IdeaPaint, and VIVO Natural Products – have been named finalists in BusinessWeek’s America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Competition.

Emergent Energy Group, cofounded by Chris Jacobs while an undergraduate student, plans, designs, and facilitates the advancement of community-based alternative energy projects and sustainable ventures.  Read the BusinessWeek profile at  Visit Emergent’s web site at

IdeaPaint, established by John Goscha, Jeff Avallon, and Morgen Newman while they were undergraduate students living in Babson’s E-Tower, turns virtually anything you can paint into a dry-erase surface.  Read the BusinessWeek profile at  Visit IdeaPaint’s web site at

VIVO Natural Products, established by Michael Talve ’07, has the mission of creating fine bar soaps from high quality, natural ingredients, which in turn produce wonderful showering experiences.    Read the BusinessWeek profile at  Visit VIVO’s web site at

Voting ends on Nov. 2. BW will announce the top vote-getters on the Small Business channel on Nov. 9.

This is BusinessWeek’s fifth annual search to find the country’s most promising young entrepreneurs.  To be considered, founders had to be 25 or under when the nomination form was posted in late June.