Myles Peterson, 17, is a Grade 12 student with dreams of starting a recycling company that is part business, part social enterprise and part environmental recovery. If Peterson succeeds, Terracore Plastics will have operations based in Chennai, India, where it will recycle PET plastics using a chemical process he created.
Chris Yangello was an ardent fan of hip-hop. This has fueled him to start his enterprise around his true passions. Thus he became the founder of the company when he was just 15 years old. His company has created content for events such as Made in America 2018, Dreamville Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Rolling Loud Miami 2019, Coachella 2019 among others. He also had the distinction to work with Travis Scott, Juice WRLD, DaBaby, Trippie Redd, 6lack, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj
Akki’s Cupcakery offers goods in a variety of flavors. The options are organic, vegan & gluten-free. Her business model even includes delivery through Grub Hub and Door Dash. The baked goods are made at the time of order. She said most orders take about two hours. Her experiences since opening in December haven’t been all cookies and crème. She’s learned the harsh reality of how flaky customers can be. But the Tejwanis live in a household governed by mantras.
17-year old Zayn Bux who owns a string of ventures including LONDON TV and Manchester TV was the youngest inductee in 2020’s list and joined stars including David Beckham, Lily Allen, Piers Morgan and Lakshmi Mittal to name a few. Bux who is a famed rising star footballer in his own right played for FC Barcelona as a youngster. He acquired London TV outlet in 2017.
Connor Behr’s older sister has diabetes. Since he was young, he’s listened to his family talk about the lack of affordability for the medications keeping his sister alive, and he decided to do something about it. “I always see petitions coming around for things like putting a cap on insulin… but whenever these come around I always just think of Whack-A-Mole,” he says. “Like we are just smacking down a problem here, and it’s causing [a new problem] to pop up somewhere else. It’s not a solution.”
At seven years old, Leeloo started receiving requests from strangers who had spotted her work being worn along Toronto streets. Specifically, customers were eager to get their hands on shirts featuring the logos of the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. And so, her business — named Leeloodles — was born. Leeloo and her parents launched an Instagram page for the shirts, found a studio space to act as Leeloodles headquarters and found a nearby manufacturing unit.
Murray Silver is a 14-year-old student at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach in Woodmere. He conceived an inventive idea called the Shtender 2.0. The product has light attached to it as well as a stand, to prop up a book. The purpose is to allow for reading at night. Shtender is the Yiddish word for stand. Silver said he first had the idea while attending Camp Morasha in Pennsylvania this past summer.
"I am only 15, so I will have hiccups, I will make mistakes, and I am trying my best to make exactly what my customers want so they are happy," Mell said. "Positivity and encouragement is what helps the most with opening my first business, and I will greet everyone with a smile on my face and open mind for whatever they want."
With her interest in the traditional craft growing, the Grade 12 student at Miramichi Valley High School decided to attend the ICE Centre in Miramichi to learn more about starting her own business. The centre is a collaboration between Anglophone School District North and the New Brunswick Community College and allows Grade 11 and 12 students in the region to explore career possibilities.
Seventeen-year-old serial entrepreneur and digital marketing expert, Mann Kong, went from being a failing high school student, getting straight F’s at school and completely unsure of his future, to generating over 1.7 million dollars per month after nine months of starting with over twenty e-commerce dropshipping stores.