In 2018, the S&P 500 Index had its worst year since the financial crisis of 2008, falling 6.2%. So far in 2019, it’s not off to a much better start, now down near 8% from the same period a year ago. The Entrepreneur Index, however, is up 2.5% over the same timeframe. The index, created by, is a collection of companies started or led by entrepreneurs — comprised of 60 stocks to add to your portfolio if you support those with an entrepreneurial spirit. After all, entrepreneurs are the financial athletes of our day. The CEOs of many of the following companies may not have the star power of, say, Steph Curry, but their rise to the top is certainly equally remarkable. The influence that these companies wield is incredible.

Here are the seven best entrepreneurial stocks according to the Entrepreneur Index. Despite the current volatility you can count on them to grow well into 2019 and beyond.

1. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).  Mark Zuckerberg was just 19 when he launched “Facebook” from the window of his Harvard dorm. Today, FB stock is trading in the low $100s. Keep in mind, FB stock plummeted 27.7% in 2018. In the past month, 10 analysts have released buy ratings on FB, with only two holds and two sells. Ivan Feinseth of Tigress Financial reiterated his “buy” rating, citing growing users and revenues. 

2. (NASDAQ:AMZN). It was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, who is now the world’s richest person. Bezos’ parents helped him start the company with a few hundred thousand dollars. At present, AMZN sells for $1,622. Where the S&P 500 lost 6.2% in 2018, Amazon’s stock price rose 26% and was our readers’ choice pick for the best stock of 2018 (and 2019). And there’s plenty of upside left. Will Ashworth, Investorplace contributor believes that Amazon stock could eventually hit $10,000. 

3. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). Even though Elon Musk didn’t found Tesla on his own, the transformed the company into what it is today. In 2010, Tesla stock went public at $17 per share. According to UBS analyst Colin Langan: “While the analyst is right to assume that the regulatory credits that boosted Tesla’s results and Tesla stock in Q3 likely won’t be present in Q4, he’s wrong to think that Tesla’s earnings won’t be nearly as bright without them, with or without the credits, TSLA will continue to grow its business. Little by little, the company’s income statements and balance sheets will get healthier, and the issue surrounding the credits will disappear like all the other arguments against it.” Thus, Tesla Inc. has plenty of rough terrain ahead, but it has weathered the storm so far, and Elon Musk won’t quit until Tesla succeeds.

4. Netflix’s (NASDAQ:NFLX). Though the origin of Netflix isn’t clear, the rest of the story has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. Most recently, Netflix reported its first subscriber miss in more than a year, and NFLX was sent reeling amid mounting concerns of a global slowdown. But many believe Netflix remains a high-growth company with its best days still ahead. InvestorPlace’s Luke Lango, sees Netflix stock reaching $600 over the next couple of years

5. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL). Laura Hoy wrote recently that Alphabet stock is one of the better stocks to buy regardless of what the market does: “Alphabet is working on everything from healthcare projects, seen to extend people’s lives, to autonomous cars and drone delivery services. If there’s a potential tech trend out there, Alphabet is working on it and that should be exciting for long-term investors who are looking for a safe bet that will carry them for decades into the future.” Analysts, too, remain strongly bullish on GOOGL, offering up 33 buy ratings in the past two months and only one hold.

6. Akamai’s (NASDAQ:AKAM). The story begins in 1995, where Tim Berners-Lee challenged his MIT colleagues to create a better way to deliver internet content. Akamai stock went public in 1999, priced at $26 per share. What’s more, Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan released a bullish “buy” rating on AKAM stock, setting his price target at $62.05 and noting strong growth in security. “We expect AKAM to have better comps on stable hyperscale revenue,” said Horan. 

7. Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA). Began its life in 1993. InvestorPlace’s Louis Navellier picked NVDA as his: the best stock of 2017, and it won! Navellier picked Nvidia again for 2018, but it didn’t do quite so well this go around, losing 31% of its value. But Nvidia has plenty of long-term growth left in its engine. Resident consumer and tech expert Luke Lango believes NVDA is in for a big 2019: “If 2018 was the year that ended the bull run for Nvidia stock, 2019 could be the year that brings it back.

 By Edgar H. Mendoza