At 18, Daniel Brusilovsky is CEO of Teens in Tech Labs, which runs a website for teen entrepreneurs to connect, an annual conference and a six-week summer incubator that matches young entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley funders. He’s also starting his sophomore year at College of San Mateo, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
Brusilovsky was in high school when he founded Teens in Tech in 2006 as a blogging and podcasting community for teenagers. He now draws more than 250 people to his conference. He added the incubator this year.
Technorati heard pitches from fledgling firms such as Bubbls, which makes a mobile app to tell teens where their friends are hanging out, and MySchoolHelp, which lets high school kids find and share their classmates’ notes online.Participants in the incubator program received free office space at Mountain View startup Appcelerator and access to dozens of mentors Brusilovsky brought in over the six-week program. They helped refine business plans, debug code and serve as sounding boards for Brusilovksy’s young charges.
“This isn’t something that a traditional summer camp will teach you,” he said.
Teens in Tech took a small ownership stake in each of the half-dozen startups. A few teams turned down investors. “Most of them still have to finish high school,” Brusilovsky said.