Eco-preneurs 2015

These out entrepreneurs embrace a greener business model.

Jessica Gonzalez
Founder and CEO, InCharged

Jessica Gonzalez is the founder and CEO of InCharged, a business that manufactures and distributes branded cell phone charging stations. The products allow folks to charge 95 percent of all devices quickly, safely and in a way that doesn′t waste energy. At the same time, the stations let brands advertise without overwhelming the consumer. Currently, the company is expected to earn $2.8 million by 2016, the same year they plan to have a solar charging station to give to the Red Cross for use in areas affected by disaster. “I didn′t particularly choose my field,“ Gonzalez admits. “I fell into it when combining my advertising background and desire for business and inventing. … I was always self-motivated; I found a lot of inspiration from reading about entrepreneurs on the Internet. I would always read about how others failed and tried to avoid those mistakes.“ Gonzalez, who has a bachelor′s degree in advertising design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, formerly was the creative director for IBeverage Group, LLC, and the founder, art director and CEO of Adopt a Creative, an agency that assisted businesses with branding and creativity. Her biggest inspiration? “My dad. He was my number one fan and accepted me no matter what.“