Young, Inspiring CEO’s
By: Jake Burkhouse 11/13/2014
What were you doing at age 9? Riding your bike or starting your own business? These CEO’s each have very unique companies, but the common thread throughout all of them is the determination and entrepreneurial spirit that they all have. Their drive at such a young age has allowed them to successfully start and manage their companies. There’s something that can be learned from all of these CEO’s; here are 10 we’ll be keeping our eye on!
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1. ManCans 7
After helping his sister sell candles for a school fundraiser, Hart Main started his company. At just 13 years old, he wondered why people didn’t sell candles that men liked – he took this idea and ran with it. Not only does he sell candles that men will love, he also takes the opportunity to feed others. Before making any candles, they purchase the cans from local grocery stores, then they donate it to a soup kitchen. After it has been used, the clean the can and then make the candle inside of it. Help them help others with this unique idea.
2. Isabella Rose Taylor Designs 6
As a 13 year-old fine artist and fashion designer, Isabella Rose Taylor is the CEO of Isabella Rose Taylor Designs. At 3 years old, she began painting almost daily – the shift was natural when she moved on to fashion. Her namesake juniors clothing line is the perfect collection for the ever-evolving teen spirit. Her goal? To provide girls her age with clothes that reflect who they are and to inspire people (of all ages) to find their passion and follow their dreams.
3. Empower Orphans 2
Neha Gupta has impacted over 25,000 orphaned and disadvantaged children by providing them with libraries, computer centers, science labs, and a sewing center. These children were also provided with bags, books, food, clothes, shoes, and blankets. But, this couldn’t be done without the help of countless donations. Neha started Empower Orphans, a non-profit, when she was just 9 years old. Her passion then and now was to help educate people while making them healthier.
4. Her Campus 2
After many sleepless nights at Harvard, Windsor, Annie, and Stephanie developed the business plan for Her Campus. After winning the i3 Innovation Challenge, Harvard College’s business plan competition, they spent the summer of 2009 living together and preparing for the launch of Her Campus. Her Campus is the #1 global community for college women. The world’s top college journalists feature articles on national style, beauty, health, love, life, career, LGBTQ+, high school, and real world content. With over 240 campus chapters nationwide in seven countries, you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest.
5. Leanna's Hair 1
Leanna Archer is the youngest person to ever ring the NASDAQ Stock Market opening Bell, but more importantly, she has been recognized as a Teen CEO to watch. At the young age of just 9, she became the CEO of her own hair product line named Leanna's Hair. Now, at just 15 years old, she is running a successful enterprise that yields over $100,000 in revenues per year. As a voice for today’s youth, Leanna is also a motivational speaker to enrich and progress movement of today’s teens.
6. OrigAudio 1
Founded in 2009, Jason Lucash and Mike Szymczak created OrigAudio, which delivers award-winning, premium quality audio products. Traveling constantly in their early careers, they wanted an easy way to listen to their music on the road. Their eco-friendly, portable solution for listening to music on the go was inspired by a Chinese take-out box – it’s foldable, compact, and recyclable. Just three months after launching, their company was named to Time Magazine’s “50 Best Invetions of 2009” and it also appeared on the show, “Shark Tank.”
7. Getaround 1
Jessica Scorpio, co-founder and Directing of Marketing at Getaround, is dedicated to creating a cleaner planet by creating smarter, more efficient transportation systems through a marketplace for peer-to-peer car sharing. While there are 1 billion cars in the world today, we’re set to double this in the next 10 years. Every car on Getaround takes 10 cars off the road – proof that sharing cars does make a difference.
8. Nay Games 0
Robert Nay, a 15 year old computer prodigy, programmed Nay Games. One of the hit games, Bubble Ball is a physics-based puzzle game where you can test your thinking skills to get the bubble to the goal. Sound easy? Try it! Bubble Ball has had over 9 million downloads to date.
9. GameWisp 0
GameWisp is an interaction, viewing, and monetization platform for gaming video that is run by a small group of professionals who are passionate about gaming content and the people who create it. Michael Anderson, CEO and Founder recently received his BS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University; he previously worked with HP.
10. Mr. Cory’s Cookies 0
Cory Nieves, CEO of Mr. Cory’s Cookies has always dreamed of making the world a better place. His passion for helping others, treats, and his entrepreneurial spirit led to Mr. Cory being the owner of the company at just 9 years old. His all-natural cookies are only made from high-quality ingredients and they are homemade – a scrumptious combination for any cookie lover.