When you hear the word “entrepreneur” what do you think? Do you imagine a successful businessman or woman, like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, who founded and is running their own company? Or maybe someone who has an online business that they run from home. Well, these are both examples of entrepreneurial success stories. But not everyone can be as lucky as those two! There are many people out there who have started their own businesses with no experience in entrepreneurship whatsoever. So how did they become so successful? Let’s take a look at 5 students who became successful entrepreneurs to find out!
Jack Kim – Benelab Technologies
Benelab Technologies is an online business that specializes in selling CBD products. It was started by Jack Kim when he was just 15 years old, after his parents were diagnosed with cancer and needed to use the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids for pain relief. Now at 20 years old, this young entrepreneur has turned Benelab into a multi-million dollar company.
Jack is perhaps the most well-known student entrepreneur in this list, with his story being featured everywhere from Forbes to CNET News. However, he isn’t the only young person on our list who has built a successful business! Let’s take a look at some more examples of students who became entrepreneur.
Cameron Johnson- Cheers and Tears
Cameron Johnson is another student who became an entrepreneur at a young age. He founded Cheers and Tears, which sells bottled beer to bars in the UK. However, his career didn’t start out very well! After he initiated contact with one of the largest brewery companies (Guinness) they shut him down because he was too young to be selling alcohol. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it forced Cameron to increase his knowledge of the beer industry and he now has an award-winning business that sells worldwide!
Catherine Cook – MyYearbook
This organization has helped many students launch their own businesses and start-ups, with Catherine Cook being one of its most successful members. At just 18 years old she launched MyYearbook, a social networking site for teenagers that was acquired by QuePasa for $100 million.
Fraser Doherty- SuperJam
Fraser Doherty is another successful entrepreneur from the Cambridge University Student Entrepreneurship Society. He began his career as a child, selling homemade jam at local markets to help support his family who were living in poverty. He was able to turn SuperJam into an international success story that now sells over 30 million jars of jam per year!
Fraser is one of the most inspirational young entrepreneurs on our list, and he has even been awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to entrepreneurship. So if you’re thinking about becoming a student entrepreneur in your spare time, there are plenty of examples out there that show it can be done! We hope
Ashley Qualls – whateverlife.com
Ashley was just 14 when she launched whateverlife.com, which offered free of cost and personalized layout designs for MySpace and other items with logos and messages! Ashley’s website became a huge success. This is another great example of how students can build successful businesses by applying entrepreneurial thinking outside the classroom.