Shazir Mucklai, Imperium Group’s CEO, worked with TheKerplunk to compile a list of entrepreneurs who are on the verge of tremendous success in 2021. The startup world is, as always, full of dedicated businesspeople who are passionate about their ideas and ready to use them to transform the world. Each founder spent hours working hard to create their company and even more time to strengthen it and serve the public with their innovations.
This has been especially true during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession. Startups have been hit hard over the past year, yet these nine overachievers have not backed down. Instead, they have found new ways to bring their companies to more customers and have even thrived during the economic downturn.
Prepare to be inspired by these entrepreneurs’ visions, positive attitudes and indomitable spirits. They are at the top of their industries and will no doubt continue to generate buzz in 2021.
Life coach Delaney McGuire says this about his work:
“I believe the world changes one empowered person at a time. When we master our time and energy, we have the power to create lives we love. Thus, we let go of anger and resentment, leave behind the victimhood, and step into passion and fire that we then share with others.
This is why I do what I do. I help clients master their ‘power day,’ a 15-hour window each day when we are ‘in the zone.’ It does not mean grinding it out on the computer all day but squeezing every moment out of this amazing opportunity of life that you are given. It means honing your body and mind, enhancing your relationships, finances, or careers, and building a lifestyle that you inherently love.”
Mark “MJ” Julian is a hot commodity in today’s business economy. Julian is a CPA, inventor, joint venture expert and idea strategist who focuses on building empires for others. Throughout his 30 years of experience, Julian has bought and sold over 25 companies, taken over 60 products from conception to success on the market, and been involved in thousands of joint ventures. Julian states, “The fastest way to expand your business is to acquire another business that is competitive or complementary. This strategy can accelerate your growth and fulfill your goals in a short period of time.”
Rick Contreras helps Amazon sellers navigate and dominate the Amazon marketplace. If you have an existing business but have no presence on Amazon, Contreras can help. If you're an aspiring entrepreneur looking to sell on Amazon, Contreras can help you as well. Starting off as an Amazon seller is overwhelming and is akin to being thrown into a digital "Amazon" jungle, but that's where Contreras steps in and guides clients through the selling process.
Contreras provides his clients with a variety of services, including building and enhancing their product listings, reinstating their suspended accounts, getting product category approvals, protecting his clients’ brands from other counterfeit resellers, and more. Contreras has helped more than 100 clients get their accounts or listings reinstated and has removed more than 1,000 counterfeit resellers from his clients' product listings.
Samuel Benn is an actor and social media influencer. He makes comedic videos. Benn has spent years in the film industry to perfect his acting ability. Benn started his business in 2018 with around 1,340 concurrent viewers; after only three years, that number stands at 24,000. Benn currently provides family photoshoots, video shoots and both for a combined price. He also offers his acting services for short films or skits. Benn’s goal is to bring his talents to a larger audience and to connect with and build relationships with other creators like himself.
Lima Jevremovic is the founder and CEO of AURA, a digital health startup dedicated to treating mental health like physical health by using data to diagnose patients and enhancing mental health treatment options to reduce the rate of relapse.
AURA offers data driven healing to take mental health care to a new level of precision. The company’s secure cloud-connected SaaS data platform collects all data from mobile and VR devices to provide real-time monitoring, patterns and statistical data, risk level assessment, health detection and clinical guidance for accurate treatment of mental ailments. Aura also has a mobile app with voice analysis, biofeedback and mobile VR therapies that are recorded to the patient portal where the AURA system organizes patients in high- to low-risk cases.
Jevremovic believes that success is the ability to wake up in the morning, content with what you have and what you spend your time doing.
Ramirez creates a bridge between science and spirituality for high achievers to reconnect with their source/spirit leading them to live lives of magic, play, beauty and complete bliss while having the highest performance and flow in their lives.
Ramirez’s focus is to rewire the brain matrix through proven tools, helping her clients live in perfect balance with their purpose and reach their full potential and peak performance.
Ramirez has found that to uncover the secrets of the universe, you must learn about energy, vibration and frequency. Once you master an unbendable energy state and mindset, you can grow and expand with ease.
Ramirez created the International Quantum Integration Society to bring the highest knowledge and performance while balancing levels of stress with peace of mind and results. She has taught and trained in 75 countries and has worked with the world's best mentors, trainers and doctors.
Jennifer Brisman is the Founder and CEO of VOW, a company transforming the future of work for event, meeting, hospitality and entertainment professionals. VOW created VOW Digital Health, a COVID-19 health app that is accelerating a return to the workplace and live experiences. Employers and event organizers can streamline COVID-19 health data, communicate requirements and status to employees and attendees, and access COVID-19 resources.
Users take and upload a COVID-19 test or provide a vaccine credential. VOW Digital Health then validates the test or vaccine, providing real-time visibility to employers and event organizers so they can be assured that everyone is “safe" up to the moment the gathering commences. Users present a digital health passport to attend the gathering.
As Brisman says, “VOW Digital Health is the answer to a huge problem from this past year. We can now begin meeting again with confidence and move forward, not backward.”
Riz Asghar/ICON Model Management
(ICON) is a highly respected Toronto-based full service agency. ICON represents men, women and children through its main office in Toronto's Fashion District. ICON’s models embody the most current trends and are in high demand. They have graced fashion publications, television shows and movies, music videos, prestigious ad campaigns and chic catwalks around the globe.
“Our ability to identify talent worldwide has positioned us at the forefront of model management and talent discovery,” said Riz Asghar, ICON’s model agent. “We are experts in managing the careers of our talents, which is why we are one of Toronto’s top modeling agency.”
“ICON is dominating the fashion world,” said Asghar. “Largely as result of our diversity and power.”
Tiffani Piearson is a cannabis entrepreneur and the founder of Canna Cafe, which offers healthy food that include cannabis additives. Piearson began the company in 2020, securing its first location as well as the city and federal licensing in Atlanta. She was one of the first Black women to receive licensing to run a hemp cafe.
After only one year, Piearson will open a third location in Chicago on March 13, 2021. She believes that one reason Canna Cafe is experiencing so much success is because of its five-star rating, which it has received due to its delicious food and excellent service.
During the recession, Canna Cafe has thrived, grossing just shy of $700,000 in a short time despite the shutdowns.