1. George Matus – Teal Drones
George Matus started ‘Teal Drones’ when he was just 18 years old, but he’s been building drones for much longer than that, and he created the world’s fastest production drone. Most recently, now 20 years old, Matus made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, in addition to becoming a Thiel Fellow.
2. Aaron Easaw – ACE Venture Capital
In 2017, Easaw was the youngest general partner in the world, serving as GP of ‘ACE Venture Capital’, a firm dedicated to supporting and investing in under-30 founders. Easaw founded the company when he was just 18 years old. Easaw pitched Mark Cuban, of Shark Tank fame, his company (INC.UBATOR) when he was just 16 years old.
3. Benjamin Stern – Nohbo
Another one of Mark Cuban’s investments is eco-friendly body products company ‘Nohbo’. Nohbo Drops are single-use, water-soluble drops containing shampoo, conditioner, body wash or shaving cream. They contain no harsh chemicals, parabens or sulfates, and they expel no damage to the environment. Stern came up with the idea when he was in ninth-grade biology class.
4. Mikaila Ulmer – BeeSweet Lemonade
The Shark Tank alumni class keeps growing. Ulmer appeared on the show when she was 9 years old to present ‘Me & the Bees Lemonade’. Her lemonade is sold in Whole Foods stores in the South and could be available nationwide soon. Now 13 years old, Ulmer also leads workshops on how to save honeybees, which is more crucial now than ever and takes part in entrepreneurship panels.
5. Cory Nieves – Mr. Cory’s Cookies
When Nieves was 6 years old, he was the owner of ‘Mr. Cory’s Cookies’. According to the cookie store’s website, he was sick of taking the bus to school and wanted to buy a car, so he took his love of dessert and turned it into a business. Through the cookie business, Nieves has been able to work with such brands as Whole Foods, Williams Sonoma, J. Crew, and Pottery Barn, just to mention a few.
6. Moziah Bridges – Mo’s Bows
Now in high school, Bridges started ‘Mo’s Bows’ in the comfort of his grandmother’s kitchen when he was 9 years old. He credits needing an accessory to help him look sharp as the inspiration for his business. The now-internationally recognized business has motivated Bridges to study fashion design in college. The Memphis-based company now offers products such as pocket squares and apparel in addition to the classic bowties.
7. Brandon and Sebastian Martinez – Are You Kidding
These two brothers started sock company ‘Are You Kidding’ because of their love of standing out. They create fun designs and share their love for socks by selling them online, but also to raise funds and awareness for charity. They have worked with Autism Speaks, the American Cancer Society and many more. Sebastian is now 10 years old and the CEO of Are You Kidding, and his older brother Brandon, 12, is the director of sales. You can find their socks on their website and learn how you can get involved in what they call “kids helping kids.”
8. EvanTubeHD – YouTube channel
While Evan’s last name is unknown for safety reasons, he was named YouTube’s youngest millionaire in 2016. He started ‘EvanTubeHD’ when he was in fourth grade. On his channel, which has almost 6 million subscribers, he reviews kids’ toys. Evan and his sister, Jillian, also take on kid-friendly challenges such as an Oreo challenge and a super-gross smoothie challenge. All the money Evan raises through sponsorships and advertisements and his earnings go into college funds and investments for him and Jillian.
9. Maya Penn – Maya’s Ideas
Maya Penn founded ‘Maya’s Ideas’ in 2008 when she was 8 years old. The company sells environmentally sustainable and fashionable accessories, and Penn is the CEO and designer behind Maya’s Ideas. She is also the activist behind Maya’s Ideas 4 the Planet, where 10 percent of all profits go to various charities and environmental organizations. Penn also does speaking engagements, and she has even written a book called You Got This! Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change the World.