Entrepreneurship is at an all time following the pandemic with more kidpreneurs stepping up to the plate. From lemonade to sea moss, the youngest in charge are bringing their multifaceted ideas to fruition. Unlike generations in the past before social media, kids are now fusing technology with their imaginations to create their own wealth. Here are a few of our favorite leaders of the new school.
6 Kidpreneurs To Look Out For
1. Madison Harrison from Photos With Madison began as a 10-year-old photographer and storyteller. Madison discovered how to bring some of her biggest dreams to life. A few months before her seventh birthday, Madison started her own photography business. In June 2016, one of Madison’s ultimate dreams came true when she was invited to attend the United State of Women summit hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
2. Jaylen Bledsoe – Jaylen started his company, Bledsoe Technologies, LLC., at 12 years old, with just $100. This technology consulting company grew to a $3.5 million IT company in a little over 2 years. As a teenager, Jaylen had 150 contractors working for him. Two of his major celebrity clients include Steve Harvey and Jordin Sparks.
Chris J. Suggs
3. Chris J. Suggs, Social Activist, Consultant and Entrepreneur for Kinston Teens, Inc became involved in community projects and volunteering, at a young age. Since he was a kid, Chris attended community meetings, and spoke for different causes. He volunteered with green initiatives and participated in clean-up drives. Now Chris is the CEO of his own nonprofit organization, Kinston Teens, Inc. Chris has executed various community projects, youth leadership seminars and mentoring programs for local school kids.
4. Felicity Franco, CEO at Felicity’s Seamoss wanted to help others during the pandemic at just three-years old. She had always taken sea moss to stay germ free and energized and knew about its benefits. Therefore, when NYC schools shut down in March of 2020 because of COVID-19, Felicity suggested giving her classmates sea moss gel to keep their lungs mucus-free. She began hand delivering sea moss gel in NYC as its popularity grew and began importing sea moss from Africa and Trinidad. Today her critically-acclaimed sea moss gel is shipped worldwide from Japan to Australia. She has expanded her business to t-shirts, applesauce and other sea moss products.
5. Mikaila Ulmer, Mixologist and Entrepreneur at Me & the Bees Lemonade came up with her multimillion dollar idea after being stung by bees. However, her fear turned into curiosity and led to research on their endangerment. She used her great-grandmother’s signature lemonade drink, a mix of flaxseeds, mint, honey and lemonade. Her delicious beverages are now located in more than 50 stores in her hometown of Texas, and in Whole Foods.
Jaden Wheeler and Amaya Selmon
6. Jaden Wheeler & Amaya Selmon, Food trucker, Snow cone maker and Entrepreneur at Kool Kidz Sno Konez . This brother/sister duo started their business in 2011 out of their home in Memphis, with just a blender and an extension cord. However, their idea of selling snow cones thrived and encouraged their mother to purchase them a food truck. The food truck gave them better reach and a larger customer base while increasing their profits. Still flourishing in business, these siblings have been featured in a Huffington Post and were also nominated for the Best Youth-Owned Business, of the Best in Black Awards.
In conclusion don’t sleep on a child’s vision. Cultivating an idea could lead to something exponentially great and teaches them lessons of a lifetime.
featured photo: Zoi Ellis