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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Some Teenage Entrepreneurs Taking The World By Storm

Meet some youngsters who are breaking boundaries, have embraced entrepreneurship and are set to take the world by storm. They have also been tagged Generation Z. These teenagers are leading a change of tide and are desperate to 'make something of themselves'. Dan Schawbel, founder of research firm Millennial Branding told MailOnline: 'Generation Z has everything at its finger tips. You can start taking classes online or connecting with experts before you're 10 years old. Teenagers are now giving influential TED talks, building their reputation and networking before they have even left school. The majority of them would rather be entrepreneurs than employees.'

First on the list is Nick D'Aloisio, the 18 year old Australian-born British entrepreneur, who taught himself to code at the age of 12, created the news app Summly at 15, and sold it to Yahoo for $30 million last year. Another is Beth Reekles, 18, who has won a 3-book contract with Random House publishers after her first book 'The Kissing Booth' was released online and shared 19 million times. Rene Silva, a 19 year old journalist from Brazil, has already published his first book, having set up a newspaper at the age of 11, and live-tweeted a police raid on his neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro at 17.

This year, DreamWorks handed a multi-million dollar film deal to 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen for her memoir about school dynamics, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Greek. With social entrepreneurship now on the rise, many of these teens have stepped up to feel those shoes. Malala Yousafzai, is one of them, the 17 year old who was shot by the Taliban and survived, continues to propagate the importance of education around the world.

Another is Logan Laplante, 13, who has shaken up debate in the education sector by promoting his concept of 'hackschooling': breaking from the structure of organised education. His first talk has amassed more than 5 million views online, and sparked numerous responses from leading figures in the schooling world.

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