7 young black innovators changing the world through entrepreneurship
Age is just a number when it comes to innovative leaders.
Thanks to burgeoning imaginations and impressive work ethic, many young black entrepreneurs are already making waves with their business acumen.
Below are just a few young people — all 16 years old or younger — creating products for the world that are creative, sustainable and give back to their communities.
1. Asia Newson of Super Business Girl
"I teach young people like myself how to make their own money and buy the things they really need in their life because they won't have to ask their parents for anything if they do the same thing that I do," Asia Newson explained in her 2014 TED talk.
So what exactly does the 13-year-old do? She sells what she calls "the world's best candles," like this signature candle you can purchase for $14.99, as well as a line of Super Business Girl merchandise.
She also offers "How to be a YOUTHpreneur" workshops, which teach students from fourth to 12th grade about entrepreneurship, merchandising, innovation and, of course, candle making.
2. Mikaila Ulmer of Me and the Bees Lemonade
While brainstorming startup ideas for a children's business competition, 11-year-old Mikaila was stung by a bee and then happened to discover her grandmother's flaxseed lemonade recipe — and the rest is history.
This young entrepreneur used local honey to sweeten a batch lemonade, and the result is her wildly successful Me and the Bees Lemonade, a product found in Starbucks and Whole Foods stores across the country. Not only does it taste good, but the profits from each bottle go toward organizations protecting honeybees and educating others on their importance.
3. Cory Nieves of Mr. Cory's Cookies