Young, Inspired and Entrepreneurial

Starting a business, and more importantly running a successful business, is difficult to say the least, and whilst experience certainly isn’t a prerequisite, a lot of entrepreneurs would argue that it really helps.

 So it’s even more impressive that these entrepreneurs under 25 are carving such a fast-track path to success. We’ve composed a list of the top young entrepreneurs that will inspire you and show that passion and sheer determination can make all the difference.

  • Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, Creators of ‘Not on the High Street’: An Award-winning entrepreneurs Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish founded from a kitchen table in 2006.  Their founding ideal is to hunt out the most original items from the best creative small businesses, and bring them together in one place, making it easy for people to browse and buy.
  • Louis Barnett, Creator of Chokolit: At the age of 12, Louis established his own chocolate business and became a supplier to Waitrose at just 13 years old. By the age of 15 he had supplied Sainsbury’s and Selfridges, and now his luxury brand Louis Barnett Chocolates Ltd is sold across the UK.
  • Zoe Jackson, Creator of Living the Dream Performing Arts: Award winning entrepreneur Zoe Jackson set up the Living the Dream Performing Arts Company at the age of 16 to inspire young people and to subsidise her own performing arts training and education. Over the last seven years, Living the Dream has grown to include a school of performing arts, a professional dance company and a charity, the dream Foundation.
  • Ben Atkinson-Wiles, Creator of Active Minds: In 2009, Ben Atkinson-Wiles experienced firsthand what it’s like to care for a loved one with dementia. He found that there was a lack of suitable activities available for people and careers living with dementia and for this reason Ben created a range of activities as part of a University project for adults living with dementia. He was offered funding by the University to turn it into a business venture and so, at just 23, Ben had founded Active Minds.
  • Nick Holzherr, Creator of Nick Holzherr set up during his run on Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice. A smart grocery shopping list application that allows users to send their lists into online grocery supermarket baskets with a few clicks. Since launching in June 2012, the company has won many of the UK’s biggest retailers, FMCG brands and digital food publishers as clients. 
  • Raphaelle Heaf, Creator of Artspotter: A brand new app designed to bring together art lovers and arts venues all over the world.
  • Dan Taylor, Creator of ‘The Giving Card’: The Giving Card is a discount card linked to charitable giving. In a nutshell, the general public can save thousands of pounds a year on their shopping, charities get additional revenues and the companies the business work with get free advertising and increased footfall into their stores and websites.
  • Amelia Humfress, Creator of A smart grocery shopping list application that allows users to send their lists into online grocery supermarket baskets with a few clicks. Teaching people how to code and make their own websites, Amelia Humfress is aiming to make Steer the number one place to code in the world, a feat which appears well within her reach.
  • Bar Segal, Daniel Kaplansky and Zifeng Wei, Creators of Eatro: A site, which allows passionate amateur chefs to sell boxed-up recipes to local people from their homes. Borne out of frustration with “bland-tasting and repetitive” takeaway food in London, Eatro allows people to get the taste of authentic home-cooked food without lifting a finger themselves.
  • Jamal Edwards creator of SB.TV: Jamal Edwards, founder of the pioneering multimedia company SB.TV, inspired students to follow their dreams when he visited Havering College as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013.
  • Jules Quinn, Creator of The *TeaShed: The *TeaShed is a design-led tea and teaware company, born and brewed in Britain. Based in Gateshead, they sell their delicious teas and other tea-related products in over 80 stockists across the UK and also in Switzerland, Ireland, Oman, Kuwait and Dubai. 
  • Pascale Barget, Creator of Twenty Something London: A “born and bred Londoner”, young entrepreneur Pascale Barget is helping businesses in the capital to thrive with her online guide to independent London
  • Paul Forkan, Creator of Gandy’s Fashion Ltd: Gandys is a unique and stylish flipflop brand that gives back to underprivileged children around the world.
It doesn’t matter how cliché it sounds, no matter how old you are, you have the capability to change the world with the right mind-set and motivation. As long as you have an idea, motivation and confidence, entrepreneurial success isn’t far away.