Wanted: Huge Ideas


Yep, being your own boss is pretty much the ultimate dream. And the good news? It's totally doable. All you need is a killer idea, and you already have plenty of those—like a shoe made out of grass or a bike you can ride on water. If you’re a big thinker, there’s a whole network out there ready to buy what you’re selling. Like, right now. Investors are always fishing for the next big thing, and they're actually looking to kids just like you to make it happen. Does every idea work? Nope. But if you’ve got the drive to think of something awesome, odds are you’ll do it more than once.

That's exactly what two girls discovered when they started a business out of their college dorm making snack food from insects. Literally—bugs to munch on. Yum? Students like these are choosing to do their own thing after college and are getting all kinds of support from foundations and venture capital firms. Of course, we're not always talking huge wads of cash. Sometimes it just takes a little investment and some guidance to get a small business off the ground. So start working on that pitch for a blimp made out of recycled video games, because there may be somebody ready to help you get it off the ground. So to speak...