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Tilden Smith

Co-founder – International Pet Solutions, Santa Ana

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

Something few people know about me: I spent winter break on a solo trip across Siberia.
Hot Factor: Tilden Smith hasn’t yet graduated college, but he has already gained national attention from Forbes magazine.

Tilden Smith won’t even graduate from Chapman University until next year, but already his entrepreneurial efforts have been lauded by Forbes magazine. He’s the co-founder of International Pet Solutions. His first product: Petlawn, a new type of indoor outhouse for pets.
   
“It all started when my friend had a dog in an apartment with no backyard,” Smith says. “We had to come up with something.”
   
Smith is a business major with an entrepreneurial emphasis, so his professors encouraged him to start his own company. Pet Solutions is now a six-figure business, with Petlawn now on the shelf in almost 150 stores. Forbes magazine this year named Smith to its list of the country’s top 10 student entrepreneurs. It hasn’t changed his life much, Smith says, except that his professors do let him know how proud they are of him.
   
His new goals: Make Pet Solutions a seven-figure business and graduate from college next spring.

Editor’s Note: To see who made our “Hot 25” lists in prior years, visit our archives at ocmetro.com.
   
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