This week the BBC featured four entrepreneurial youngsters from around the world, the youngest of whom went into business while still in the single digits.
New Yorker Leanna Archer began selling home-made hair products at age of eight and today her company grosses over half a million dollars a year.
Also profiled are Anshul Samar, who created an educational chemistry card game; Ludwick Marishane, who created a gel to replace soap and water; and social entrepreneur Ilwad Elman, who worked with her mother to set up Sister Somalia, providing counselling, medical services, education and business starter kits to women who have survived sexual violence.
The mind boggles.
Of course, here on Idealog we've featured numerous youth who've started their own businesses while still in school. Here are just a few:
14-year-old Ayla Hutchinson launched the Kindling Cracker at Fieldays – a safer axe for anyone who chops wood on the regular - and later went on to win Most Inspiring Individual at the annual Innovators Awards.
Sebastian Hallum Clarke
15-year-old Sebastian Hallum Clarke jumped into the world of coding at the age of nine and now runs a successful app development business.
And let us know - do you have any inspiring tales of young entrepreneurs to share? Share in the comments and be in to win a copy of The Young New Zealander’s Guide to Entrepreneurship, a hands-on guide for Kiwis eager to start their own businesses.
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