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Katelyn Lohr is not your typical teenager. At age 13, she launched her own company, Freetoes Brand, Inc., to sell her invention: socks without toes, which are now sold across North America in stores like Toys R Us, Hallmark and Learning Express. Ketelyn's business has a charitable side which she takes very seriously.
Colorado has a history with gun violence so it’s only appropriate that 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, would want to apply biometric user authentication to firearms. Kloepfer just won the $50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype.
Jared Flores loved the two weeks he spent this summer at a computer coding school where he programmed a hand-crafted robot that could steer itself through a maze.Aside from the knowledge he gained, the 14-year-old Fullerton boy figures he came away with something just as important. "I know if I continue down this path, I can get into any college that I want," said Jared, who enters high school next month.
A 12-year-old entrepreneur who started a bow tie company three years ago has already hit $150,000 in sales. Moziah Bridges appeared on CNBC to promote his holiday collaboration with Cole Haan. Bridges told CNBC he loved dressing up, but could never find bow ties he liked. To solve the problem, his grandmother taught him how to sew.
If you think Generation Y is the most entrepreneurial generation, think again. The newest generation of workers, Gen Z, shows great promise as the next wave of entrepreneurs. Born between 1994 and 2010, Gen Z is about 21 million strong in America alone, with the oldest being juniors in college and the youngest about five years old.
In her entire life -- all 18 years of it -- Tavi Gevinson has already been a fashion icon at age 12 . . . an Internet publisher at age 15 . . . and a film actress at age 17. Her room, in her parents' suburban home in Oak Park, Ill., is a cacophony of influences -- everything from Barbie dolls to J.D. Salinger books to 45 rpm records. Her collection includes Frank Sinatra."I just want to consume everything," she told Mason. "I'm just a hoarder, basically. What you're really making here is an episode of 'Hoarders.' Sorry!"
John Ducas shows more than just a budding interest in the high stakes world of stocks and bonds. In fact, the 16 year-old has made investing and financial research quite a large part of his short life. “I’m originally a value investor,” says the New York native.
When Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen met in 2010, both were in engineering master's programs at Stanford University—mechanical and electrical, respectively. But there weren't many other women around.Chatting about why there were so few female engineers, the pair realized that they had both grown up with toys that encouraged them to build and make things, rather than traditional toys for girls.
Sara, who loves her horses, had a friend who had horse supplies or "tack" to sell. It was an opportunity, Sara says, that developed from her parents having an empty house to using that house as a store. Sara found suppliers and through trial and error learned what her customers wanted. Her inventory is diverse, but her youth might have a little something to do with collars that sparkle, and some special saddles - like pink and zebra print ones.
You might have heard that D’Aloisio sold his viral Summly mobile news summarization app to Yahoo! a year ago for a cool $30 million. He was just 17 at the time. The Australia-born British programmer wunderkind wrote the app in his parents’ bedroom at their London home when he was 15. Entrepreneur Magazine caught up with D’Aloisio to talk about his success, Yahoo, his favorite gadgets, and what it takes to get your big break as a young entrepreneur.
Martin Garrix (from Amsterdam, Holland) celebrated finishing music academy classes in June 2014 by partying with hundreds of thousands, first in Warsaw, then Las Vegas (twice), then Dover (yes, Delaware) and then back in Vegas. Such is life when you’re the fastest-rising act in electronic dance music. In the span of 12 months, the 18-year-old Garrix not only completed school, but went from a being literal spectator at the world’s largest music festivals to performing on their main stages, propelled by a Top 10 hit, savvy business partnerships and a certain self-awareness that’s often lost on young stars. “It’s crazy to see how much has happened in such a small time period,” says Garrix, sprawled out on a copper couch inside Las Vegas’ Hakkasan nightclub.
Erik Finman is the founder of Botangle, an online education program that links students with instructors around the world -- a pretty remarkable accomplishment, considering he's only 15 years old.
These teens have come up with what they hope is a possible solution to police brutality and abuse: an app that lets citizens rate their interactions with local law enforcement. At 14, 15, and 16 years old, the siblings have been dabbling in computer science and coding for several years through school programs like MIT’s Scratch, CodeAcademy, and app development classes at nearby Georgia Tech and Emory University.