These (very) young entrepreneurs turned their great ideas into reality.
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7 / Los Angeles
Kiowa’s patent-pending product Boo Boo Goo scored $100,000 in funding on Shark Tank. Her father, an inventor and actor (formerly on As the World Turns), helped connect her with investors and scientists.
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12 / Memphis
Since founding Mo’s Bows in 2011 with the help of his grandma’s sewing machine, Mo has sold about 5,000 bow ties, earning about $90,000. He names each design. Pictured here: Red Bold Gingham, $40.
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16 / Redmond, Wash.
At 7, Adora published Flying Fingers, a book for children and parents that’s sold more than 10,000 copies. She campaigns for feminist issues and education reform and has given talks at Google, the United Nations, and ideas festivals.
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16 / Marysville, Ohio
At 13, Hart wanted to buy a bike for a kids’ triathlon. Investing money from his paper route, he started ManCans, a purveyor of candles with manly scents such as Bacon and Dirt. Last year he sold $260,000 worth.
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16 / Cypress, Tex.
After years of bugging her dad, Madison persuaded him to help produce FishFlops samples, investing $900. Her company now sells internationally, with annual revenue of more than $1 million. Her new clothing line is sold at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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10 / Brampton, Ont.
Tanmay, who’s been programming since kindergarten, last year created tTables, a math app that’s been downloaded from Apple’s App Store almost 6,000 times. He’s now fielding requests from companies looking to hire him.
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14 / Los Angeles
Thomas has developed more than 20 iOS apps, 9 Android apps, and 3 Google Glass apps. His 2011 TEDx talk on kids teaching kids to program has been viewed more than 3 million times.