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Growing up CEO

Weinascottforblog You may recall a story back in September about Weina Scott, a 17-year old chief executive of her own podcast hosting site, Switchpod.com (and she made a cool $40,000 for working 20 hours a week).

It was recently announced that she won the 2007 Growing Up CEO award, which honors young inner-city entrepreneurs, all under 21 years old. It's founded by the not-for-profit organization Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).

From the release:

Weina Scott, the 17-year-old daughter of Haitian entrepreneurs who had sold rice, flour, and sugar in Haiti before fleeing for their lives to the United States, launched Switchpod.com, a podcast hosting company, with another teenager in 2005.  A year later the company was bought – and Weina and her partner each received $200,000 in stock as well as $40,000 annually to continue to run the company.  “This is the American dream,” says Weina, who has been accepted at both Harvard and Yale. 

I'm told she's going to Harvard. (I don't know about you, but learning her story made me wish I did more when I was 17!)

Growing Up CEO is taking nominations for 2008. If you know of another Weina Scott out there, tell me about it.

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Gregory Schmidt

Excellent blog, Bridget! I look forward to reading more entries. Keep up the good work!

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