At the age of 17 and under, these Gen-Z trailblazers are already making their mark in the startup world – one idea at a time.

In today’s tech-savvy generation, there’s a rising crop of bright, innovative minds who are taking an avid interest in honing their business skills – all they need is a push in the right direction. That’s where Young Founders Summit comes into play.

Organised by Singapore-based edutech startup Smarter Me, it’s touted as a global entrepreneurship programme that provides young business-minded individuals an accelerated platform for their ideas to come to life. They share a common goal in mind: to help create a better world through the use of technology. Over 100 submissions were received from six countries in Asia, and the top three entries will receive a direct pass to the global leg of Young Founders Summit 2019 which will take place in Los Angeles come April.

Young Founders Summit

What’s even more impressive is that none of these participants are older than 17, yet they able to come up with never-seen-before business strategies that can potentially help to solve major problems in society. Think an app that maps out safe travel routes in India as a preventive measure for rape, as well as an app that connects the elderly with youngsters to resolve loneliness in the pioneer generation. Or how about a wearable device that can detect a cardiac arrest and alert emergency services in a heartbeat?

Dubbed as the Cure Band, this nifty prototype is the brainchild of three 13-year-olds who beat out all 30 teams to emerge victorious – and they will soon be pitching their way to LA in hopes of scoring USD50,000 in funding for their project. At this point, it’s only a matter of time before we see them as sharp-suited business leaders dominating significant markets in a few years’ time. And if this flourishing movement is any indication, their entrepreneurial streak certainly won’t be slowing down anytime soon. If anything, they are just getting started.

So if you have a brilliant idea that you’re passionate about, don’t be afraid to get it running and off the ground. It’s time for you to change the world.

Photo credits: Smarter Me

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