JET 40 Under 40: Entrepreneurs

Who says you have to be a certain age to make a difference? The movers and shakers on our second annual 40 Under 40 list are influencing the world in powerful ways. Whether it’s through entrepreneurship, activism, entertainment or athletics, these young Black professionals are killing the game.

Cameka Smith, 36, Founder of The BOSS Network

Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, The BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters) Network is still fulfilling Smith’s vision as a “one-stop shop for women” to grow through networking and professional development.

Christina Lewis Halpern, 34, Tech guru

The philanthropist recently added a Summer Intensive program to her All Star Code non-profit, which introduces young minority males to the tech industry.

Jordan Williams and Brandon Iverson, 16, Mini-moguls

The teens launched an urban clothing line, Young Moguls Brand, this summer and also run Making Money for Teens, a financial literary site for teens.

Valentine Ollawa, 25, Fashion entrepreneur

Think Rent the Runway–but for men. NextSuit is a website that enables young professionals to rent suits for a month.

Chase Reed, 16, Sneaker head

Earlier this year, the then 10th-grader opened the first sneaker pawnshop in Harlem, which allows customers to pawn, trade and sell their kicks.

Glenn Harston, 39, PR professional

As founder of The Gemini Group, a communications and PR firm that focuses on the urban market, his past work includes President Obama’s Illinois campaigns.

Samanta Joseph, 36, Shoe lover

Designing shoes since she was a child, her large-size footwear for women has been worn by celebrities such as Rihanna and Queen Latifah.

Jordyn Gaines, 20, Baker

The self-taught artist began baking at age 16 and opened her storefront JordyCakes Custom Cake & Cupcake Boutique this February.

Reuben Reuel, 28, Trendsetter

Demestiks NewYork became a recognizable name when Beyonce wore the label this July. Reuel’s clothing line uses African prints in modern ways.

Cory Nieves, 10, Cookie maker

Beginning in 2009, Mr. Cory’s Cookies sells all-natural cookies in nine different varieties. The fifth-grader is currently working to make his cookie dough available online.

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