These young business innovators made Fortune.com's "18 Under 18," some starting businesses and non-profit organizations before they even finished middle school. Find inspiration in their stories and ask yourself: "Is there really any reason I can't do that, too?"
(Hint: the answer is no.)
Pics and content from: http://fortune.com/2016/09/15/18-entrepreneurs-under-18-teen-business/
NOA MINTZ - FOUNDER OF NANNIES BY NOA
The business: Nannies by Noa is a full-service childcare agency, serving families in New York City and the Hamptons.
In 20 years, I will be … “In a business that places a premium on customer service. I anticipate I will be working on a venture that was triggered by a problem and created from a solution -- and that may be Nannies by Noa, which is only four years old.”
Best advice I’ve ever received: “From my middle school principal: ‘Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.’”
MOZIAH "MO" BRIDGES - FOUNDER OF MO’S BOWS
The business: Mo’s Bows offers colorful, handmade ties and men’s accessories that are sold in various retail stores nationwide, including partnerships with Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.
In 20 years, I will be … “The owner of a very big international clothing company that makes and sells clothes for men, women, and children.”
Best advice I’ve ever received: “The best advice came from my mentor Daymond John of Shark Tank. He told me to ‘Stay true to your brand,’ and that is important to remember because there are a lot of different opportunities that come to me, but they may not be the best for me or the mission of my company.”
BEN PASTERNAK - FOUNDER & CEO OF FLOGG
The business: Flogg is a social community and virtual marketplace for teens where they can sell, buy and barter items within their network.
In 20 years, I will be … “Changing the world, building the next Apple.” Best advice I’ve ever received: “One of my mentors Chris Smith told me to drop out of high school and move to NYC. I did and have no regrets.”
Ben's first app (at age 15) was a game called Impossible Rush that was downloaded more than 1.3 million times from Apple's App Store.
SHUBHAM BANERJEE - FOUNDER OF BRAIGO LABS
The business: Braigo Labs offers low-cost Braille printers to help the visually impaired. The latest model uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to automatically print text from a website and translate it into Braille.
In 20 years, I will be ... “In the field of a merge between technology and medicine. Surgical procedures with robotics or human health would be great for me.”
Best advice I’ve ever received: "Be humble,” and "Innovate for the right reasons -- money is not one of them.”
HAILE THOMAS -
FOUNDER OF HEALTHY ACTIVE POSITIVE PURPOSEFUL YOUTH (HAPPY)
The business: HAPPY aims to improve the health and wellness of children by implementing programs that teach kids how to cook nutritious meals and promote physical activity.
In 20 years, I will have... “A televised plant-based cooking show showcasing vibrant, delicious and nutritious, plant-powered meals to the masses, to speak and share my message all around the world, and continue to motivate youth to put their passion into action.” Best advice I’ve ever received: “Be a leader, not a follower.”