The world celebrates young innovators and business leaders now and then. We feel pumped when we hear of the exploits of a 30-year-old CEO. But you’ll agree with us that teenage business leaders are so much more impressive! We’re talking about 15-year-old kids founding businesses! In this article, we’ll talk about five young entrepreneurs.
Mr. Cory’s Cookies
Cory Nieves, the founder of Mr. Cory’s Cookies, is a source of inspiration to many. As a 6-year-old, Cory wanted to buy his mom a car because he was tired of taking the bus to school. Well, he didn’t just wish; he worked towards it.
He started to sell hot cocoa and lemonade before switching to making chocolate chip cookies with natural ingredients. Cory and his mother, Lisa, added more flavors to his recipe. Cory has worked with J. Crew, Whole Foods, and some New York nonprofits.
14-year-old Caleb Nelson and his dad founded Romeo Rickshaws. Caleb felt the need to start the business during one of the biggest tourist events in Utah, the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The crowd that poured in gave him a starting point.
Caleb started his pedicab business and moved visitors around for free on rickshaws, operating on a tip-only system. His business expanded, and Caleb started offering local tours of Cedar City and transportation for special occasions.
EvanTubeHD YouTube Channel
Evan Moana started his channel, EvanTubeHD, when he was just in fourth grade. In his videos, he reviewed popular kids’ toys- now, his whole family makes YouTube and TikTok content. While his first channel has over 7 million subscribers, he has many other channels.
On one of his channels, Evan features his sister. The siblings also have a channel where they feature their parents and entertain viewers with family adventures. In 2016, Evan was YouTube’s youngest millionaire. All the money he makes is invested in college funds for himself and his sister.
Hannah Grace started the BeYOUtiful brand after her father motivated her to make the same products she loved from her favorite beauty stores. She learned how to make bath bombs- and her bath and beauty brand was born.
Her products are sold in retail stores and on her website. Hannah donates 10% of every sale made on her website to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Considering the fact that she has type 1 Diabetes, this is a thoughtful gesture; you’ll agree.
Most big business brands start with a story, and Zolli Candy isn’t an exception. The founder of Zolli Candy, Alina Morse, followed her dad to the bank when she was seven. She had to politely refuse a teller’s lollipop gift because her parents told her candy damages the teeth.
That single experience challenged Alina to make candy that tasted good without damaging kids’ teeth. Zolli Candy was born, and the sugar-free candy line included taffy and drops. Alina, now a teenager, is the CEO of the company and the brain behind the Million Smiles Initiative.