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Michael Dell founded Dell in 1984 in his college dorm room at the age of 17. More than 75 percent of American businesses are run by entrepreneurs and the average age is continuing to drop with access to technology and information helping to remove many previous barriers. Join Elizabeth Gore, first ever Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation and Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence; as she hosts a conversation with several young CEOs and business owners who founded their businesses before graduating high school. Teen entrepreneurs Isabella Rose Taylor, Mikaila Ulmer and Taylor Wilson reflect on their journey to date, challenges and their plans for the future.

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  1. Why do you think there are more teen entrepreneurs today? Is it due to certain resources being available today that weren’t available previously?
  2. What were some of them biggest barriers, besides your age, to starting your business and how did you overcome them?
  3. What advice would you offer other teens looking to start their own business?



Sarah Moffitt, Account Exec, PPR Worldwide

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