Daquan Oliver ’14, Hanson Grant ’16, Ava Anderson ’16, and Evening MBA Student Sarah Sherburne represent some of the most influential local millennials

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BetaBoston has announced its winners of the ’25 Most Innovative People Under 25’, including Babson College alumnus Daquan Oliver ‘14, two current undergraduate students, Hanson Grant ’16 and Ava Anderson ’16, and evening MBA student, Sarah Sherburne.

Following an impressive span of submissions, BetaBoston’s editorial team selected 25 individuals they believe are making the biggest mark on 2015.

Just earlier this year, Ava Anderson Non Toxic was also named Inc. Magazine’s Coolest College Startup, Daquan Oliver was recognized as an ‘Emerging Leader’ by the Boston Business Journal, Hanson Grant won Babson’s 2015 B.E.T.A Challenge, and Sarah Sherburne was nominated for the 2015 BostInno Alumni Impact Awards.

Excerpts from BetaBoston ’25 Under 25’

Ava Anderson, Ava Anderson Non Toxic

“Anderson launched Ava Anderson Non Toxic in 2009, after learning about the toxins found in everything from her daily toothpaste to deodorant and shampoo. Since launching the company at the age of 15, she has introduced a wide range of popular, toxin-free products to the national marketplace and has grown the Rhode Island business into a veritable direct sales empire, with a network of thousands of independent consultants across the country. She is a tireless advocate on this toxic issue, lobbied in Washington, D.C., to create a paradigm shift on this issue.”

Hanson Grant, Think Board

“Grant, a student at Babson College, is a serial entrepreneur, having started three businesses by the age of 21. His current educational startup, Think Board, has created a product called Think Desk that turns any school desk into a dry-erase creative workspace. Think Desks have proven to increase class engagement, efficiency, and most important, fun in a classroom.”





Daquan J. Oliver, Recesspreneurs​

“Oliver is founder and executive director of Recesspreneurs, a nonprofit that works alongside undergraduate students to close the opportunity gap through after-school entrepreneurship programs. Growing up in a single-mother, low-income household, Oliver made a promise at age 14 to assist future children in a similar socioeconomic position to become successful, and founded Recesspreneurs at the age of 21. Prior to Recesspreneurs, he founded Jossle, a youth marketing agency which he continues to lead in his role as chief executive. Jossle has worked with large brands like Zipcar, Uber, and KarmaLoop and amassed a nationwide student network of more than 100,000 students. Oliver is known to bring a different perspective to the entrepreneurial education space, with a focus on understanding and empathy."

Sarah Sherburne, New England Venture Capital Association​

Sherburne, a California native and a graduate of Wellesley College, has played an integral role at Boston World Partnerships, gotten an education in finance at First Republic, and is now the leader of the Tech Gen internship program at the New England Venture Capital Association. Through her knowledge of how startups network, find financing, and source talent, she's building an important part of Boston's innovation infrastructure in Tech Gen."





About BetaBoston 25 Under 25

The BetaBoston 25 Under 25 list is a user-submitted contest that will occur annually on BetaBoston. The 2015 judging process began on June 22 and concluded on July 6, following the close of submissions on June 21. All entries were screened by the BetaBoston editorial team for appropriateness of content and copyright infringement as part of the preliminary judging process. Entries were reviewed by a panel of judges for determination of the final list of 25. To learn more about the contest and judging criteria, visit

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​​​​​​®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action​​​​​​​​​​​​​® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

By Brianna DiPietro,, (781) 239-4548 | 07/27/2015 08:00