High school graduation is a moment that every young person looks forward to. This is the time when you can start putting your plans into motion and living out the life that you have dreamed of. For some, this will mean beginning an academic career at a university or college, a stepping stone towards a professional career. But this is certainly not the only option. Entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly attractive for young people who want to become the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. And why not? Using your originality and talent to start a successful business will benefit you and the whole community. Are you a budding star who is ready to take this step after high school?
It’s impressive to hear of inspirational young people doing amazing things, such as starting their own businesses. There are some exemplary young and talented entrpreneurs from around the world:
- Moziah Bridges started his company, Mo’s Bows, in 2011 when he was nine years old. He then took his bow tie business to the reality TV series, Shark Tank, where he teamed up with Daymond John as his business partner and mentor. He now has a staff of five and has appeared in Vogue and O Magazine. He is also the Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year.
- Maya Penn is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist and animator. What’s extraordinary about Maya is that she started her company when she was eight. As CEO of Maya’s Ideas, she has already received awards that include the 2013 Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the year award. She has produced short films, and created a line of eco-friendly accessories and clothing. She has given her own TED talks and been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Time, Essence, Ebony and other publications.
- Having invented “DryBath” at the age of 17 – a product set to revolutionise sanitation in impoverished areas – the future looks bright for Ludwick Marishane, the founder of Headboy Industries. So dedicated to his product, Marishane made sure to file patent, becoming South Africa’s youngest patent filer. Marishane was rated the best student entrepreneur in the world at the Global Champion of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards in 2011. All this led Google to name him as one of the 12 brightest young minds in the world in 2011.
Everyone has the power to be an entrepreneur. No matter the size of your business or the industry, the key is to start early enough in life so that you can learn and grow from your experiences. And, even if you’re not planning to become an entrepreneur, there are many opportunities that make it exciting to be young. Keep up with our latest blogs for more ideas on the wonderful things you can do before and after high school graduation.
African Leadership Academy has an exciting opportunity for young Africans. The Global Scholars Program presents opportunities for young people of various age groups. The transformational, design-thinking experiences – with strong African and entrepreneurial and leadership elements – have already reached more than 600 young leaders from over 30 countries.
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