Startups for Kids

Last week we talked about startups for kids: toy makers and teachers using technological advancements in combination with tried and true educational principals to build tools for youth. This week, we’re taking a look at the other side of the coin.. Afterall, the startup boom isn’t only reserved for legal voters or even people old enough to drive. Every day more children are founding their own companies and successfully building their own brands. Take a look at these five stellar kids running their own startups!

Mo’s Bows

Moziah Bridges

Lots of kids Moziah’s age (15) dream of an NBA contract. Moziah may not play in the league, but he has a contract nonetheless. His company, Mo’s Bows, sells bowties internationally. After building his brand, stopping by Shark Tank, and expanding to a $600,000 business, Mo recently signed an official licensing deal with the NBA.

Me & the Bees Lemonade

Mikhaila Ulmer

Mikhaila stuck to the script, starting a lemonade stand like millions of kids before her. However Mikhaila’s lemonade was a little more successful than the traditional neighborhood booth. Whole Foods, along with three other major chains, now carries Me & the Bees nationwide, and the future looks bright for young Miss Ulmer.


Erik Finnman

A teacher told Erik Finnman he should drop out and work at McDonalds because he’d never amount to anything. Erik dropped out of highschool, but instead of flipping burgers he invented his own educational system, Botangle. The robotics wiz runs a team of programmers across a variety of projects and is continuing to shine as an example of a self-starting success.

Isabella Rose Taylor

Isabella Rose Taylor

This designer got an early start. At the age of 12, she became the youngest person in history to sell her collection at Nordstrom. Now 15, Isabella shows annually at fashion weeks around the world and continues to grow her brand and collections.

Gladiator Lacrosse

Rachel Zeitz

Rachel Zeitz couldn’t find durable enough lacrosse gear, so in 2013 she started making her own. The fifteen-year-old sold $200,000 of gear in her first year and over $1,000,000 in her second. Her tough gear and tenacious business sense serves as an inspiration on and off the field.

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