5 Amazing Stories of Kid Entrepreneurs
Selling 1 million lollipops or creating an app with 1 million downloads is a pretty impressive feat for any entrepreneur. It’s even more impressive when you find out that both of these things have been done by entrepreneurs are under the age of 15!
These business savvy kids are proving to the world that there is no age limit or degree requirement to become an entrepreneur.
Here are some inspiring stories of mini business moguls to motivate your students to look for entrepreneurial opportunities around them.
One day, Alina Morse went with her Dad to the bank where the teller offered her a lollipop. But her father wouldn’t let her take it saying it was bad for her teeth. Just 7 years-old at the time, Alina asked him, “Dad, why can’t we make a lollipop that is good for your teeth?”
So, she set out to make a lollipop that not only tastes good but promotes dental health. Interviewing dentists and researching online, Alina discovered some natural sweeteners and other ingredients that help prevent bacteria and tooth decay. And like that, Zollipops was born.
Zollipops truly are a healthy candy. And a lucrative one too. Alina sold over $70,000 in Zollipops in her first year and by the next year she’d hit $300,000. The company is projected to make over $1 million this year.
At the young age of 10, Juliette Brindak felt that preteen girls didn’t have a digital forum just for them. So, she developed Miss O and Friends as a place to offer self-esteem and confidence building content specifically for girls.
Today, her website has become one of the most popular websites for girls and has spread to include books and other products. What’s more, her website and book line are now worth an estimated $15 million dollars.
Lizzie Marie Cuisine
In a hope to earn enough money to pay for horseback riding lessons, Lizzie Marie started selling her own baked goods at a farmers market. That was at the age of 6.
Soon, though, her business idea grew as she realized that not enough kids know how to cook, especially healthy food. She developed a health-cooking website for kids that includes instructional videos teaching kids how to navigate the kitchen and make fun recipes. She really is a top chef in the making!
At age 5 Sebastian Martinez decided to combine his love for fun and crazy socks with his passion for philanthropy and founded Are You Kidding. This sock company sells zany socks designed by Sebastian.
The company made over $15,000 in its first year and has continued to grow. Are You Kidding has partnered with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Discovery Arts to raise thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations. All of this before his 8th birthday!
At the age of 14, Robert Nay set out to design a physics-based cell phone game that would get young people more interested in sciences. Teaching himself to code, Robert Nay developed Bubble Ball and it was a fast success.
Bubble Ball was downloaded over 1 million times in its first two weeks in the Apple store, surpassing even Angry Birds. Now, Robert is expanding his gaming empire with games to help students learn sight words and spelling.
Bringing the Spirit of Entrepreneurship to Your Classroom
If these kids can do it, so can your students!
If you want to get your class thinking about the power of entrepreneurship, iAcademy is a good place to start.
Teachers can use one of several entrepreneurial simulations (Fundae Sundaes and The Restaurant Entrepreneur are two favorites) to help students process through identifying a problem and the various skills needed to build a business.
This is a fun and structured way to teach students the basics, which is likely to get them thinking of business savvy ideas of their own.
There’s no reason why your students can’t become the next big thing!