We all know it’s never too late to step out on your own and start a business, but these days teenprenuers or teen entrepreneurs are proving that there is no such thing as being too early either. I am in awe of the younger generation of entrepreneurs launching innovative companies to help their communities. Not only are they disrupting longstanding industries for the better by bring fresh and groundbreaking ideas, but they are creating successful businesses in the process.
Here are three female teenage entrepreneurs to watch who are have launched creative and profitable companies and are making positive differences along the way.
Most people wouldn’t put the word “flop” in the title of their company, but entrepreneurs like Madison Robinson aren’t like most people. The 16 year old is the creator of FishFlops®, a line of flip flops for kids. Growing up on the Galveston beaches in Texas, she came up with the design for a variety of cute sea characters which she drew in an outline of a flipflop on a piece of paper. She showed the design to her father who thought the name was catchy and bought the domain name. Madison went on to do various trade shows, eventually writing a letter to a Nordstrom buyer. The flipflops ended up in 64 Nordstrom retail stores, and the rest is history. As giving back to the community is one of her messages, she has given a number of charities over 20,000 pairs of FishFlops®.
At age 9, Leanna Archer created a line of all-natural hair care products using her Haitian great-grandmother’s for pomade. Using that recipe as a base, Archer, now 17, created a line of oils, conditioners, and finishers. Originally, she shared small amounts that her grandmother sent her with friends and neighbors, but seeing the demand she decided to create a company that now bringing in six figure revenues every year (you go girl). Archer’s company is an international hit, with most of her customers coming from Singapore. The products are all-natural and good for a variety of hair-types. Using some of the revenues from her products she developed the Leanna Archer Education Foundation, which provides about 200 children in Haiti with education, food, and shelter.
Seeing a need in the industry while out shopping with her younger sister, Megan Grassell, just 17 years old, decided to create a line of well fitted, simple, and adorable bras made for young girls. Many stores only carry uncomfortable padded and push up bras, all of which are just smaller versions of women-sized bras. These are not ideal for a young girl who has not fully grown yet and has her own ideas of comfort and style. Grassell took this knowledge and created the Yellowberry Bra Company. Her company features bright colors young girls enjoy with lining and no padding, perfect for a growing girl who wants to feel comfortable and confident. Grassell has also decided to create a line of underwear for young girls, to help them feel comfortable and confident in themselves.
These ladies are inspirations not only their communities, but to budding future entrepreneurs everywhere. I’m excited to see what they do next.
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