Who are the top entrepreneurs aged 25 and under?

Although many entrepreneurs have gotten more successful the older they’ve gotten, for some entrepreneurs age has proved no barrier to success. For our latest Business Leader Top 12, we’ve looked at the top entrepreneurs aged 25 and under.

However, if you think we’ve missed someone from our list, please send an email to editor@businessleader.co.uk and we can add them in.

This list is in no particular order. 

Luca Schnettler – CEO, Qumata

After dropping out of Queen Mary University London in 2017, Schnettler founded HealthyHealth, a company set up to revolutionise life and health insurance underwriting by harnessing digital data to calculate risk for over 800 conditions.

Schnettler has since rebranded the London-based software platform Qumata, expanded to Europe, Asia and the US, and successfully raised more than $25m to date, and he’s still only 23 years old.

Ben Towers – Co-founder, Tahora

Towers began his entrepreneurial career at just 11 years old, launching his first business, Towers Designs. In 2019, he co-founded workplace connectivity platform Tahora with Mike Rose and the two have managed to secure more than £1m in funding for the platform that transforms people’s favourite things into real-world connections.

Mia Monzidelis – CEO, Power Pony

Despite being just 11 years old, Mia Monzidelis is the Founder and CEO of her own business, Power Pony. Monzidelis came up with the idea for Power Pony, a mechanical horse that is interactive and features an iOS app, aged just five, and the young inventor has sold more than 5000 units, with the company employing 15 people and having 12 volunteers work for them.

Charles Williamson – Co-founder, Stairway

Williamson co-founded Stairway, a digital personal tutor and community platform for STEM learning back in 2019. After achieving a first in the first year of a Computer Science degree at King’s College London, Williamson dropped out to focus on Stairway, raising £15k in equity finance and leading the company to a £3.35m valuation in the year of its founding.

The now 24-year-old operated as the CEO of Stairway until 2021 when it was acquired by Nordic EdTech company, Albert.

Grace Beverley – CEO, TALA

Known by her online moniker GraceFitUK, Beverley is not only a successful entrepreneur to watch out for but she’s also a well-known social media influencer, with over one million followers on Instagram.

The Founder and CEO of two direct-to-consumer fitness brands, Beverley founded her sustainable clothing brand TALA in 2019, aged just 22, and turned over £6.2 million in its first year. Her fitness tech and equipment app Shreddy has also been downloaded more than 450,000 times since it was launched in 2016.

Moziah Bridges – Founder, Mo’s Bows

Bridges is the Founder of Mo’s Bows, a company he created aged just nine. After being unable to find a suitable bow tie, Bridges learned to sew and make colourful bow ties using the leftovers from his grandmother’s sewing projects. He went on to hire tailors and appear on US business reality show “Shark Tank”.

Today, Bridges is 20 years old and has generated more than $700,000 in sales, with customers including former President Barack Obama.

Omari McQueen – CEO, Dipalicious

Despite being just 14 years old, Omari McQueen is the youngest award-winning vegan chef in the UK, and the Founder and CEO of Dipalicious, a company that manufactures and supplies vegan dips.

Incredibly, McQueen started Dipalicious at just eight years old and has gone on to win numerous other awards for his exploits, including a TruLittle Hero Award for being the Entrepreneur Hero under twelve 2018 by Cause4Children Ltd.

Vinusha MK – Founder, Four Seasons Pastry

Although Vinusha MK is only 12 years old, she’s the Chief Baking Officer of Four Seasons Pastry, a company the young entrepreneur founded in September 2019. Vinusha bakes and sells a selection of cakes, chocolates and sandwiches along with her very own baking kit, which helps kids to bake cakes without the use of the Internet or a smartphone.

In the future, Vinusha would like to set up a culinary institute for low-income people in India.

Teri Elizabeth Ellington – Director, Ellington Timepiece Limited

A keen advocate for mental health, Ellington founded the high-quality but affordable watch brand, Ellington Timepiece from her bedroom back in 2017 with just £80 in the bank.

Despite enduring hard times which saw Ellington sell her car and sleep on the couch, the now 25-year-old was able to attract an angel investor to fund a move into an office in Stockton-on-Tees and take on more staff. Thanks to soaring sales, Ellington was even able to buy out her investors two years early.

Rachel Zietz – CEO, Gladiator Lacrosse

As a 13-year-old lacrosse player back in 2012, Rachel Zietz found herself disappointed with the quality, cost and lack of selection available for lacrosse practice equipment. So, she sought to do something about it and ended up founding Gladiator Lacrosse, a company that offers a wide range of professional lacrosse accessories, practice products and clothing.

In 2022, Gladiator Lacrosse had an estimated net worth of $5 million, whilst Zietz reportedly became a millionaire aged just 15.

Kofi McCalla, Founder Holy Grail

Regarded as a crucial influencer in menswear and streetwear, McCalla began a fashion series called ‘The Unknown Vlogs’ back in 2016 as a student. Despite operating on a student’s budget, McCalla has grown his fashion series to nearly one million subscribers and has even worked with Canadian rapper Drake.

McCalla is also the Creative Director of the Violent fashion line and the Founder of London-based design and fashion company, Holy Grail.

Lily Born – Chairwoman, Imagiroo LLC

Aged just 16, Lily Born is an internationally recognised inventor and entrepreneur. Born invented the Kangaroo Cup, a three-legged cup designed not to tip over, after noticing her granddad, who has Parkinson’s Disease, was knocking his cup over a lot.

Born has gone to sell tens of thousands of Kangaroo Cups through crowdfunding sites, whilst the generous entrepreneur uses a percentage of the profits to support STEM education for young girls.

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