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Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:00:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
World's most successful student businesses

Higher education successes

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One difference is immediately obvious when you walk into a student-run business versus a big, established company: In boardrooms directors use phrases only a Cornell M.B.A. would understand, but students describe operations as "awesome," as in, "And we thought it would be awesome to brew our own beer." That is how University of British Columbia student union president Jeremy McElroy recently characterized the school's new microbrewery, set to open in 2014.

A brewery on campus? Sounds like a great idea and an even better business, so it got MSN thinking. What other successful enterprises have been started by students? From note-sharing services to the world's largest social network, then, here are some of the most prominent companies to have been started in school.

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