Solben | Daniel Gomez Iniguez

Founder: Guillermo Colunga, 27; Daniel Gomez Iniguez, 20 (pictured); Antonio Lopez, 26; and Mauricio Pareja, 26

Company: Solben

Year founded: 2009

Location: Monterrey, Mexico

2010 Revenue: $1 million

2011 Projected Revenue: $3 million

Employees: 15

Website: Solben.org

In order to get his high school diploma in 2008, Daniel Gomez Iniguez was required to do a research project. He had no intention of creating a multi-million dollar alternative energy company. At the time, Mexican newspapers were writing often about biodiesel, the alternative fuel produced from vegetable oils and animal fats. But there wasn't a Mexican company that had technology to produce biodiesel. So Gomez, who planned to do his research in chemistry, became very interested in how he could make biodiesel himself. read more