Top 25 Young Entrepreneur Success Stories

For two years I scraped and scoured the internet hunting for the world’s top young entrepreneurs so I could harvest their secrets.

If I wanted to be successful, I had to learn from the best. I needed to hear their stories. How they started. How they grew. How they are building their empires right now. And I needed to hear it straight from their mouths.

So I narrowed my list of 100+ young entrepreneurs down to the top 25. We contacted them, gathered their secrets and published a book. Here’s a list of the world’s top 25 young entrepreneurial success stories.

Read their interviews, visit their sites, follow them on Twitter and learn as much as you can from their remarkable stories. Oh, and find a link to discover how they do it at the bottom.

Adora Svitak, 12

Tiny Literary Giant

Adora is a 12-year-old who has

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10 Successful Young Entrepreneurs

Successful Young Entrepreneurs

While Generation Xers struggle to move up the corporate ladder because Baby Boomers aren’t retiring as early as planned, those who fall under Generation Y have been making their own income in innovative ways. For many of them, that means entrepreneurship. This list presents some of America’s youngest entrepreneurs, and we hope it will inspire you and help you realize that it’s neither never too late or too early to pursue your dreams of being a business owner.

Hart Main

Hart Main is a 14-year old that came up with the idea of manly scented candles when he was teasing his sister about the girly scented ones she was selling for a school fundraiser. Although she didn’t expect him to fully pursue the manly scented candles idea himself, he did, and the idea has turned into a nationwide success. Main put in an initial investment of $100,

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Grants for Young Entrepreneurs: Under 20 Only

Young entrepreneurs aren’t exactly just running lemonade stands anymore. In at least one case, they are looking into the concept of space mining. But not all businesses started by young people are so out of this world. Starting a small business as a teenager can be a life changing experience and can encourage the hard work and dedication required to be a business owner early in life. Grants that support young entrepreneurs mainly exist on the local level and young entrepreneurs should start their search for funding in the cities and towns they call home. If you are a young person looking for grant funding to take your idea to the next level, we strongly encourage you to follow your dreams. Check out these opportunities that might just help you get going down the exciting road of becoming a small business owner.

Thiel Fellowship
The Thiel Foundation was started by

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YEC // Young Entrepreneur Council

Today, Scott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated business columnist, author (Never Get a “Real” Job) and TV commentator.

But early in his entrepreneurial career, as a college student, he found himself making “every possible mistake one could make as a rookie entrepreneur” – which led to the failure of his first business.

At that moment, he made a promise to himself: if he ever succeeded in the future, he would work to ensure that no young entrepreneur ever felt alone or struggled without the proper resources again.

Gerber knew he needed candid advice and support from his fellow Gen Y entrepreneurs who’d been there, done that.

Nearly a decade later, with several successful businesses in tow, he realized his vision with the first version of YEC: an informal brain trust of like-minded peers who wanted to help each other’s businesses grow, while also supporting the millions of aspiring

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10 October 2017, Written by Ben Hall, Paris Faint, David Simmons, Amanda Williams

OUR Top 40 Under 40 entrepreneurs from # 21 to # 30 are involved in a diverse mix of traditional businesses and innovative concepts which are changing the way we live.

From real estate to accounting and engineering to fire compliance, a removal company with a difference, to state of the art motion simulators, these entrepreneurs have all embraced technology changes and are ahead of the curve when it comes to business.

Even our ‘Gnocchi’ restaurateurs have embraced the need for adaptability.


THE FORMER commercial property colleagues turned business partners are the proud founders of the only commercial agency to own and operate a full-service fire and compliance business.

They have had incredible growth in the past two years achieving a 93 percent increase in their commercial property business and an

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