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Meet 16 Teen Founders Who Are Building Big Businesses — and Making Big Money

Today's youth is already hard at work, building everything from delivery apps to robotic kits to sustainable fashion brands

By | Entrepreneur Staff |

Want to build a successful business? You might want to start thinking like a teenager. For our September issue, we talked to 16 young people who are building fast-growing, innovative businesses — some of which are already bringing in millions of dollars in revenue. From bath bombs to life-changing healthcare, these teen-founded companies are leaving their marks on their respective industries. The one thing they have in common: smart, fearless thinking. 

Caroline Bercaw, 17, and Isabel Bercaw, 18

Cofounders and co–chief creative officers, Da Bomb Bath

In 2012, Caroline and Isabel Bercaw were, like many 11- and 12-year-old girls, obsessed with bath bombs. They experimented with their own recipes for the fizzy, fragrant balls, adding a surprise in the center, like a small toy. They tried selling a few at a local art fair in Minneapolis — and realized they had an instant hit.

By 2015, their product was in 30 local shops, and following a successful trip to Atlanta for an international trade show in 2016, they had placement in stores across the country. “We were making 20,000 bath bombs a month, in our basement,” Isabel says. 

Then Target called, and everything changed. “They wanted us in 1,800 stores,” Isabel says. “We knew we had to get our act together quickly.” Their mom stepped in as CEO, while the sisters focused on product development and marketing. Production and storage moved to a nearby warehouse. The girls enrolled in their school’s On the Job program, which let them use a certain amount of school time as work time.

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