January | 2016 | Kidbacker

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Connor Blakley

By Marie Griffin, Director Content Strategy, KidBacker To call Ohio teenager Connor Blakley a “born entrepreneur” is perhaps an understatement, but for many years he felt like no one else his age had the same passion, inventiveness, and ambition as he did. By the time he was 15, after he had already created two businesses, … Continued

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Isabela Llevat

By Heather Holst-Knudsen, CEO & Founder, KidBacker Looking toward the future is what inspired Isabela Llevat to become one of the 18 founders of Str8up Kid2Kid. With more people using advanced technology devices, the toll it takes on posture and health is especially bad for kids, whose bodies are still growing. Considering the number of … Continued

Entrepreneur Spotlight – Max Fata

By Marie Griffin, Director Content Strategy, KidBacker  At age 18, Max Fata is already running his third entrepreneurial venture. Max was barely a teenager when he started in business, purchasing a used vending machine that was placed in his father’s office. A couple of years later, he came up with the idea of developing a … Continued

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Benjamin Stern

By Marie Griffin, Director Content Strategy, KidBacker Imagine an average class of ninth graders watching a video on the plastic bottling industry and its impact on the environment. Now imagine that one of those teens is not only paying attention, but also starting to wonder how he can help solve this problem. That teenager is … Continued

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Zandra Cunningham

By: Heather Holst-Knudsen, CEO & Founder, KidBacker I had the chance to speak with Zandra Cunningham, a 15-year-old entrepreneur and CEO from Buffalo, NY, a few months ago and was immediately impressed by her professionalism and maturity. Zandra comes from a family of business and athletic professionals who focus on excelling in whatever they do. … Continued

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Zach Certner

By: Francesca Cassola, Sophomore, Franklin & Marshall College and KidBacker Intern   Meet Zach Certner, co-founder of SNAP: Special Needs Athletic Programs. SNAP provides special needs children with sports programs to help them improve their social and athletic skills, as well as offers sensitivity training to students and teachers. Zach is the co-founder of SNAP … Continued

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Dasha Shakov

By: Francesca Cassola, Sophomore, Franklin & Marshall and KidBacker Intern Meet Dasha Shakov, Co-Founder and CEO of Parcelly. Parcelly is an online store that allows you to send unique gift parcels to friends, family and loved ones based on specific occasions. I was very excited when I first learned about Parcelly because I think the … Continued

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Megan Grassell

By: Marie Griffin, Content Strategy Director, KidBacker   Yellowberry, which makes bras for young teen girls, was founded by a 17-year-old “big sister” who dared to ask, “What is the hurry to grow-up so fast?” Megan Grassell was shopping with her younger sister, who was looking for her first bra, and she was appalled that … Continued