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Tips to Help the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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This story appears in the February 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

U.S. public schools may serve up a lot of lessons to the 49 million students who roam their halls, but most don't offer entrepreneurially minded kids much help in pursuing their passions.

On a recent trip to , I met Matt Smith, a freshman at Georgia Tech who already has two startups to his credit, GoRankem.com and, now in beta, Insightpool.com. Smith was 13 when he realized he wanted to learn something different from what was being fed to him as "important" at school. He knew that if he ever stood a chance of about , he was going to have to cook up an extracurricular program for himself.

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