Leah Busque, a 2001 Sweet Briar computer science graduate, took home the award for overall Entrepreneur of the Year at the Sweet Briar business department’s second Salt Block Project Awards Dinner in October.
Busque is the founder of TaskRabbit, a website that lets people and companies outsource odd jobs to pre-screened “runners” who bid against one another for the work. Since launching in 2008, her company has raised $40 million in funding and operates in nine U.S. cities. TaskRabbit has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and on CNN, Fox News and ABC News. Earlier this year, Busque made Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People In Business,” and Inc. Magazine named her one of “15 Women To Watch In 2012.” TaskRabbit’s most famous runner is ABC’s Katie Couric, who recently tested the service on her show.
Other “Saltys” went to Marti Beller, CEO and co-founder of PlanG, and founder and president of 9g Enterprises, Bob Vosburgh.