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The Young and The Relentless: Entrepreneurs under 25

At a time of high levels of youth joblessness – the latest U.S. figures show that the unemployment rate for workers under 25 is over 16 percent – some are betting that the best chance for finding a job, is creating one.

Karin Kamp at The Story ExchangeThe Young and The Relentless: Entrepreneurs under 25
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Young Entrepreneur: Tara Haughton

The Story Exchange is devoting the month of April to profiling young women who have started their own business. This week we meet Tara Haughton, from Ireland, who founded Rosso Solini at the age of 16.

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Young Entrepreneur: Cheryl Yeoh

Cheryl Yeoh was 18 when she left her native Malaysia to come to the United States after receiving a scholarship to study science and engineering at Cornell University. Today she owns a tech startup with four full time employees.

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Young Entrepreneur: Ooshma Garg

At only 24, Ooshma Garg already has started two successful businesses – one that she recently sold and another that has attracted over one million dollars in venture capital.

Nusha Balyan at The Story ExchangeYoung Entrepreneur: Ooshma Garg
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Your Story Exchange: Jewels for Hope

Sandy D’Andrea founded Jewels For Hope, a handmade jewelry company, in 2009. The company creates specific lines of jewelry for a number of charitable organizations, and donates a portion of their profits to these causes.

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Entrepreneur Making Love and Money

“I have to follow my own passion, not what my parents set out for me,” our 22-year-old intern Christina Wu said after watching Violet Lim’s video on The Story Exchange.

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For Love of Chocolate and Children

Lyn Lee, founder of Awfully Chocolate, told us her main reason for starting a company was so she could start a family and raise children on her terms. In a way it seems counterintuitive.

Karin Kamp at The Story ExchangeFor Love of Chocolate and Children