Erika Allen, Growing Power, Inc. National projects director and farm site supervisor for a non-profit that provides healthy food to low-income communities in multiple cities, including her home town, Chicago.
Andrew Tarlow, Jed Walentas and Peter Lawrence, Wythe Hotel. They converted a former textile factory into a 72-room hotel in Brooklyn, N.Y., while retaining the 111-year-old building's historical integrity.
Alisa Toninato, FeLion Studios, Madison, Wis. Artist known for her handmade iron sculptures, which require her to utilize a special furnace that she made, which burns at 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Makié Yahagi, Makié. SoHo clothing designer who specializes in handmade clothes for infants and children. New York City.
Brett Binford and Chris Lyon, Mudshark Studios. Founders of a ceramics cooperative that, in six years, has grown from a basement operation to a 17,000-square-foot facility employing 25 people in Portland, Ore.
Andy and Mateo Kehler, The Cellars at Jasper Hill. Artisan cheese-making brothers who operate out of the cheese cave they built in Greensboro, Vt.
Flora Grubb, Flora Grubb Gardens. Former garden designer turned plant nursery owner in the industrial Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.
Lena Kwak, Cup4Cup. Chef who developed a gluten-free flour with the support of former boss Thomas Keller. Yountville, Calif.
Carter Cleveland, Art.sy. Straight out of Princeton, this tech entrepreneur founded a website that curates art based on users' preferences, in the way popularized by the music site Pandora (whose CEO is now an advertiser). New York City.