23. On a Roll
In 2010 Stacy Zoern—who uses a wheelchair because of a congenital neuromuscular disease—felt trapped in the ten-block radius in Austin where she lived and worked as an attorney. Public transportation was near impossible, and, after totaling an $80,000 van, she'd shied away from other large retrofitted vehicles. When Zoern found a Hungarian company, Kenguru, that was developing small electric cars for the wheelchair-bound, she called their offices. Soon she was raising investment money and convincing Kenguru to relocate to Austin. Now she's running the company, which will release its first cars—at a price of about $20,000—this year. "It's about giving people with disabilities a cost-effective, better quality of life," she says.