Home Locations Resources FAQ's What is Acton? Start Your Own


Unsure where to start? Our advice is to keep it simple.

  • First, think about what you can make with your own hands that others might enjoy.
  • Next, picture how you might sell it.
  • Finally, imagine the feeling (and responsibility) of having a little extra spending money as a result.

Learn more about the 3 Magic Seeds for starting a business.

For more inspiration, check out photos from the Austin Acton Children's Business Fair and the following resources:

Stories of Young Entrepreneurs

Looking for business ideas or just curious about other young entrepreneurs? Read these inspiring stories.

From Lemonade Stand to Lemonade Company


Mikaila Ulmer is CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade, a company she launched at the Acton Children's Business Fair in Austin, Texas, when she was 4. Ulmer, now 10, bottles and sells BeeSweet Lemonade at Whole Foods and other stores in Austin and donates a portion of profits to the protection of honeybees. Ulmer appeared on Shark Tank in March 2015.

This 15-Year Old Innovator Reinvented Water


Carter Kostler wanted his mom to be able to drink her fruit-infused water on the go. So at age 13, he designed a bottle that would allow her to do just that. Now 15, Carter sells his Define Bottles online and in small stores. Of being an entrepreneur, he says, "It is important to know from the beginning that there are a lot of highs and lows and there is no such thing as overnight success. It takes a lot of hard work and you have to be strong to keep moving forward.

Meet the 11-Year-Old Who's Turning Surfboards into Jewelry


Kia‘i Tallett of Hawaii sells her handmade creations – knitted hats and cuffs, felt flowers, and resin rings – on Etsy and has this advice for budding business owners, “Find something you like to do or make, and make sure you really like it, not just the idea of it."

Business Ideas for Kids

From making cat toys to designing websites, check out these 101+ Business Ideas for Kids.

Guide to Writing a Business Plan

From bizKID$, this worksheet helps young entrepreneurs think about marketing (from the name of their business to who they will sell to) and financials (including materials, pricing, and profit).

Entrepreneurship Games

Coffee shop

Coffee Shop

Name your coffee shop, buy supplies, make the perfect brew, and set the price. Can you please your customers and make a profit?

Play Game
Price point

Price Point

At what price should you sell your product to customers? What if you have competitors?

Play Game

Galactic Zappers

Can you assemble zappers more quickly and efficiently?

Play Game

Robo Rush

Do you have what it takes to upgrade your business from door-to-door to factory floor?

Play Game
Fistful of dollars

Fistful of Dollars

Once you’ve mastered Galactic Zappers, play Fistful of Dollars to learn how to manage your cash and working capital.

Play Game
Lemonade standoff

Lemonade StandOff

Can you find the right product and the right price to win in the lemonade market?

Play Game