We’re not sure what’s in the water, but these super kids are definitely making mega moves at an age when we were still playing hide and go seek. Check out these young Black entrepreneurs and scholars who we believe are on track to do amazing things in the world!
1. Maya Penn
Maya Penn is a young entrepreneur, animator, philanthropist, artist and the CEO of an eco-friendly fashion company she launched at the age of 8. Born and raised in Atlanta, at the age of 17 she has created an animated series, done two TED talks, and she’s founded her own non-profit organization, Maya’s Ideas for the Planet. Maya has definitely shown in such a short time that she is a force to be reckoned with, and she may be the one to help our world become a cleaner place! She’s even hung out with Oprah!
2. Jaylen Bledsoe
Jaylen Bledsoe became a multimillionaire before he was 16-years-old. At the age of 12, young Jaylen started his own IT company with $100 and a dream. Well, that dream has definitely turned into something amazing. Within two years of launching his company, he had 150 contractors working for him, including celebrities Steve Harvey and Jordin Sparks as clients, and had created a $3.5 million dollar global enterprise.
3. Ayrton Little
At the young age of 16, this dedicated scholar has been accepted into the prestigious Harvard University. Ayrton was admitted into Harvard University’s Early Action Program in December of 2017. African Americans make up only 13.9 percent of students who are admitted early, so this was an exciting moment for a young man we believe has an amazing future ahead of him.
4. Mikaila Ulmer
At the age of 12-years-old, Mikaila was so passionate about saving the bees that she founded Me & The Bees Lemonade, after receiving a $60,000 investment from her appearance on Shark Tank, and landing a contract with Whole Foods. Since then, she’s been listed as one of the Top 10 People Shaping Retail by the National Retail Foundation and she introduced President Barack Obama at the 2016 United State of Women Summit! Let’s just say we have a good feeling about this young lady’s future!
5. Cory Nieves
At the young age of 10, Cory Nieves launched his own cookie empire. As the CEO of Mr. Cory’s Cookies, Cory, a Bronx born New Jersyan got the idea to start his company in an effort to help his mother buy a car. What started out as a fundraising project has turned into a culinary empire. Cory is so popular he boasts an amazing 30k + followers on his Instagram and he’s even made an appearance on the Ellen show. We can’t wait to see what Mr. Cory will do next!