Student Case Studies

Portia Hartono

AGE - 16

ENTREPRENEUR

ED-TECH 

An example of solving your own problems. Portia had trouble finding meaningful internships as a high school student. She decided to take matters into her own hands and built her company; InternEd. This is a company focused on democratizing internships for high-school students through virtual, project-based internships.

 

She has created a unique value proposition by combining training and internships that allow companies to get a different perspective from students at zero cost to the company. 

COMPANIES IN THE PIPELINE

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Sofia and Luciana Franco

AGE - 13 & 12

ENTREPRENEURS

FASHION

A story of how two teenagers who love fashion were able to bring their designs and style into the world. Despite a raging pandemic, Sofia and Luciana set up HandOverChic; A company focused on tie-dye clothing and accessories. 

The Ethos of their company is fashion made for teens, by teens. In 6 months, they had sold through their website, Instagram, and closed B2B deals with a women's sports team. They were able to meet the head of marketing at Louis Vuitton and pitch their business for guidance.

COMPANY STATISTICS

$14,000

8-month Revenue

54%

Net-Profit Margin

36

SKUs

6

Countries of Operation

Ardian Sutardja

AGE - 14

AUTHOR

Ardian loves politics and writing. He has managed to take his passions and aim big. In 2019, his book, A 13 year-olds take on today's world, a collection of critical essays was published by Blooming Twig Books LLC.

He has also written an article that has been published by Thrive Global, a community forum that is a subsidiary of the Huffington Post. He is currently the Editor-in-chief of Student Voices, a publication started at Ascend Now to showcase student writing and promote student opinions.

PUBLISHED ON

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Rayden Ignacio Yap

AGE - 14

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

APPAREL

Rayden is an extremely versatile student. He writes, debates, and contributes to society through service. At the start of the pandemic, he noticed that there were a lot of people who lacked access to sanitary kits and couldn't afford them because they lost their jobs. 

That led him to create Filtro. His non-profit organization generates revenue by selling custom, hand-painted masks. He donates all of the profits towards distributing sanitization kits. Filtro has also helped many people who lost their jobs earn a living wage. 

COMPANY STATISTICS

$15,000+

12-month Revenue

2,000+

Units Sold

2,000+

Kits Donated

Hiya Gandhi

AGE - 16

ENTREPRENEUR

INFORMATION DEMOCRACY

Hiya is a student based out of Belgium who has a love for finance, business, and economics. She also wants to leave behind meaningful contributions to all students around the world. This led her to start InfographicEdu.com

It is a website that converts academic topics into infographics that are easy to read. A step above flashcards as she likes to call it. The colors, animations, and pictures are designed to make it less monotonous compared to an academic textbook. The best part? it's absolutely free to use. 

COMPANY STATISTICS

25+

Infographics

6+

Subjects

2,000+

Site views

4+

Designers

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Alicia Nguyen

AGE - 14

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

FITNESS & HEALTH

Alicia is a basketball player for the Singapore American School Eagles and has been a fitness enthusiast all her life. She noticed how people were struggling to remain fit during the pandemic and offered a solution that will hold them accountable.  

Fitness for Goodness aims to be the non-profit platform to spread the love for fitness, and empower fitness to be a tool for raising awareness and funds for those in need. 

COMPANY STATISTICS

$12,505

Raised from Campaigns

6,016

People Served

632

Volunteers in total

Annika Mada Rachmat

AGE - 16

SERIAL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES

Annika is a serial social entrepreneur. She started a thrift store on Instagram called ThriftedGalore which re-sold over 400 pieces of clothing and won the Ascend Now Women's Entrepreneurship Competition with her idea of CircleShare, an app that helps students cope with their mental health issues.

Annika currently runs an organization called FoodFlip. FoodFlip is a social project that maximizes the use of decent food leftovers, by distributing them to those in need. Here is their impact.

COMPANY STATISTICS

$35,000

Worth food donated

4

Retail partners

700+

KG of fruit donated

20,000+

Pieces of bread donated

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Patrick William Liong

AGE - 16

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES

Patrick William Liong has always felt the moral obligation to contribute to society and create a long-lasting impact through social work. But he couldn't decide on helping in just one way. This led to the creation of Operation Drip. A multi-project non-profit organization. 

To start off with, they are looking at education, sustainability, and a pay-it-forward program. The ethos behind Operation Drip is to bring the community closer together by providing an avenue for people to help.

COMPANY STATISTICS

$10,240

Donated

81

Students taught

126

Trees planted

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