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Around the world, a young generation of female entrepreneurs is making a difference. Tell us why you deserve to be on our Watch list.

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Editor’s Note: The deadline has come and gone. Please check back in May to find out who was selected for our final list. 

We want to recognize young women around the globe who are changing the face of entrepreneurship.

From now until April 1, we’re seeking submissions for our first ever list of Young Women to Watch. If you’re a female go-getter under age 35 who is reshaping an industry, developing an innovative product or achieving social change through your business — we want to hear from you.

Our final picks for the Watch list will be recognized on this site, shared with our media partners and potentially featured in video profiles like these.

Click HERE to submit your form. (The form is now disabled, as it is past the deadline.)

So why are we putting this Watch list together?

Now more than ever, women have become a powerful force in business. In the U.S., women are starting businesses at 1.5 times the national average; since the recession, women-owned firms have added more jobs to the economy than male-owned firms, according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Business Report from American Express OPEN.  Around the world, there are more than 126 million female entrepreneurs starting or running new businesses in 67 countries, data from the most recent GEM Report finds.

Yet, many of the examples we see in the media, with some exceptions, continue to be male. We want to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the young women who are displaying ambition, creative vision and, in many cases, a sense of social responsibility as they start and grow their own companies.

Our final list will be published on this site in early May. We hope to feature applicants from a diverse range of industries, from health and beauty to science and technology.

Some information about applying for the Young Women to Watch list:

  • You must nominate yourself.
  • You must be under age 35 on April 1, 2014. (There is no minimum age.)
  • You cannot be a franchisee, independent distributor or sales representative.
  • Your submission will become part of our 1,000 Stories project, an ongoing research project with Babson College. Information provided may be published.
  • You may reside anywhere in the world.
  • If you have male co-owners/employees, you must be the main leader of the company.

Spread the word!

Tell your friends, colleagues and networks about the Young Women to Watch list. Encourage others to submit applications by sharing via email, Twitter and Facebook.

 Click HERE to submit your form. (The form is now disabled, as it is past the deadline.)

Image Credit: Flickr user The Lotus Carroll

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