Neil Thanedar
Neil Thanedar
Company : Avomeen Analytical Services
Age: 23
Website: avomeen.com

You're a food manufacturer and your white product has just come out yellow. Or, you're an entrepreneurial paint maker and you want to understand what makes your competition's paint dry faster. Who you gonna call?

Neil Thanedar.

Graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a double degree in business and molecular biology, Thanedar dreaded the idea of spending another five to 10 years working his way up someone else's ladder before striking out on his own.

''That's why I decided to jump right in,'' he said. Thanedar became a chemistry detective.

His Ann Arbor-based Avomeen Analytical Services has top-of-the-line instruments and scientists trained to solve myriad chemical mysteries.

The team of eight full-time employees -- which include mostly Ph.D.'s -- will solve 200 cases this year, across a range of industries. Their caseload is growing by 10% each month, and they are on target to reach $1 million in sales this year.


Last updated July 07 2011: 10:37 AM ET
Join the Conversation

Running a successful small business is hard. But these 8 kid entrepreneurs are showing that it's just child's play. More

These women, made famous through modeling, show they have brains as well as beauty when it comes to entrepreneurship. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.