Daniel Brusilovsky started his first business when he was 14. With his next venture, he wanted to help other young entrepreneurs, so the then 15 year old launched Teens in Tech Labs in 2008. And now Microsoft is backing it.
“What I realized is there was a lot of young entrepreneurs out there who had great ideas, but they didn’t know what to do with them,” Brusilovsky says. “So I wanted to create this platform for young entrepreneurs to come to us from anywhere in the world and get the support they need.”
The first form of support was a conference in 2009 ran by then 16-year-old Brusilovsky and held at Microsoft’s San Francisco office. This was a huge form of validation for the young founder and CEO.
The Teens in Tech Incubator followed in 2011, with six companies, a total of 15 teens, going through the eight week program. The incubator will happen again this summer with five companies participating. There’s also the Teens in Tech Blog and Teens in Tech Connect, a social network for youth entrepreneurs to keep in touch that currently has over 300 young entrepreneurs on board. The five conferences Teens in Tech Labs have held also drew in a crowd, with 600 attendees in all.the original article from Inc., written by Caitlin Berens