Bright Ideas, Hot Industries & Insightful Innovators Sizzle In Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies Report

May 31, 2011, 06:00 ET from Entrepreneur magazine

IRVINE, Calif., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Entrepreneur magazine's annual 100 Brilliant Companies issue hits newsstands this week, featuring 2011's shining beacons of the business world. They're the true champions merging genius ideas in hot markets with fantastic executions through innovative thinking, hard work and no less than tons of gumption.

Not only is the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well, it's booming in areas as wide-ranging as travel, health, media and more. The 10 featured market opportunity segments, and the inspiring businesses in them, are a signal of where and how business growth is taking place. Some reappearing categories have maintained their powerhouse momentum. The mobile category, for example, profiles Mobile Roadie, the first self-service app creator on the market that continues to stay ahead of the competition. The company supports iPhone, BlackBerry and Android apps, and keeps its high-profile clients on the cutting edge of mobile engagement.

Companies in new categories such as beverages have also made their way onto the brilliant list. Take Yellow+Blue, which came up with a more environmentally friendly, 21st-century alternative to the way wine is shipped and packaged. There's also Purpose Energy, which turns brewery leftovers into clean-burning bio-fuel. These are some examples of entrepreneurs transforming simple concepts into something spectacular for the greater good. Other industry categories include social shopping, value, seniors and startup-to-startup.

"The '100 Brilliant' looks at where the action is in small business," says Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine. "These companies are bursting onto the scene by connecting to their customers and tribes. If you don't know their names or their products just yet, there's a great chance you will. Old-school thinking is gone; these leaders are charting new territory with reinvented business and revenue models designed for the long haul, not just the short term—and discovering success."

Hear Entrepreneur's editor in chief speak first-hand on what makes a business brilliant here. To read the complete feature on 2011's brilliant companies, ideas and market categories, pick up a copy of the June issue on sale at newsstands now.

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