Generation Next

Move over, Gen X. Today's teens have learned from their predecessors that entrepreneurship is the career path of choice.

When we first set out to put together an article on teen entrepreneurs, it sounded simple enough. We knew there were plenty of teens out there running their own businesses, and we thought it would be great to talk to some of them and find out what they did to get started.

Simple. Or was it?

As we quickly found out, it is actually quite a complex topic. And it's not for lack of teen entrepreneurs-because our assumption was correct that we wouldn't have trouble finding them. What we didn't bet on was that there would be this incredible wave of entrepreneurship sweeping the nation, infecting today's teens with the virus known as wannahavemyownbusinessitis. It has been somewhat quiet, slowly rumbling beneath the surface of our downtrodden economy and rising up in our schools, our youth entrepreneurship programs, our very consciousness.

Now, we see, quite clearly, that today's teens are quickly becoming tomorrow's leaders. Some of them are barely into their high school years; some of them are heading off to college to further educate themselves in the intricacies of entrepreneurship. All of them are truly amazing.

GENERATION NEXT

Shazad Mohamed, 15: GlobalTek Solutions Inc.
Kayla Stewart, 19: Country Rockin' Cloggers
Stephen R. Gordon, 18: Stephen R. Gordon Web Site Design
Chris Delany, 19: WallStreetProdigy
Rishi Bhat, 18: SiegeSoft & myEdesk.com
David Marks, 18: Nitrus Systems
Devin Lazerine, 18: Rap-Up.com & Rap-Up magazine
Ashley Powers, 17: Goosehead.com
Michael Podraza, 16: CollectibleX.com Inc. & Whimsical Beans Inc.
Elise & Evan Macmillan, 14 & 16: The Chocolate Farm LLC

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This article was originally published in the May 2002 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Generation Next.

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