There was a time when the phrase “Young Entrepreneurs” referred to people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs who founded Microsoft and Apple respectively at ages 23 and 21.
Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook at the age of 19.
Following this trend, entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger. So young, in fact, the latest crop of founders includes CEOs who haven’t yet legally become adults – some aren’t even old enough to drive.
Here are 10 Self-Made Teenage Entrepreneurs who didn’t let age hold them back.
Age – 15
Location – Spokane, Washington, US
As an inventor of IC Pooch, Martin founded her own company, impressed judges on America’s award-winning television show Shark Tank and won top honours at 2015’s Geek Wire summit. All before even she could drive.
Age – 13
Location – Santa Clara, California, US
After Googling how blind people read this 13 years old created Braigo, a Braille printer with a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit. Shubham has since launched his first company Braigo Labs in order to develop low-cost machines to print in Braille. Intel recently invested in his startup.
Age – 15
Location – Waterford, Ireland
Before he was a professional mobile app developer, Casey taught himself how to program when he was 9 and he started his own company when he was 12. His independent mobile game company is one of the most successful in Ireland. Casey’s latest project, KidsCode, is an attempt to get young people involved in programming.
Age – 13
Location – Waterloo, Ontario
TNW recently wrote an article on Ghoudsi, a 13-year-old CEO of Slik Technologies which allows you to search, filter and track companies based on specific criteria. This is his fourth startup endeavour and second role as the CEO. Ghodsi is a preternaturally talented young man.
Age – 14
Location – Cupertino, California
At 12 years old, this self-taught programmer began his foray into robotics as stand turn intern for OLogic. Agrawal, who says he’s never seen the classic robot apocalypse films Terminator or Blade Runner, says he’s looking forward to coming innovations, especially Google’s driverless cars.
Age – 16
Location – Sydney, Australia
Not every high school so far more say that they have been courted by both Facebook and Google. That’s not true for Pasternak. Ben co-founded Monkey, which was launched on November 29, 2016. Monkey is a video chat based app for teenagers to meet new people. The app has been used to make over 1,000,000,000 calls and has over 3,000,000 users.
Age – 16
Location – San Francisco, California
At the ripe old age of 15, Finman has $1000 bitcoin investment garnering him $100,000 which he then used to launch Botangle, an online tutoring program. When 16, he moved out on his own to California, applied for a fellowship and is currently auditing classes at Stanford.
Age – 17
Location – Poland
Inspired by the world of hip-hop, seventeen-year-old Mach modelled his messaging app Five after custom hand signs similar to those used by rappers. Unknown to him, Five would convert Apple watch into a great communication tool for international sign language users and Mach is currently working on adding an ISL dictionary to this app.
Age – 18
Location – San Fransico Bay, California
Originally from College Station, Texas, this 18 year old is a Computer Science major at Stanford University. While still in high school, Shreya founded CamSci Girl which is a free virtual computer science summer camp for middle school girls which is designed to help close the gender gap in technology.
Age – 18
Location – Berkely, California
Most entrepreneurs cringe at the thought of a pitch competition. At 18 Horn already had a competition win under her belt. The founder of KhodeUp which is a four-week web development class taught at the Future Light Orphanage in Cambodia.