Europe’s Young Entrepreneurs

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Europe’s Young Entrepreneurs

MADRID — When Jordan Casey took to the stage to present his technology business, he jumped onto the platform rather than walking up the access ramp.

Entrepreneurial energy? Yes, but also adolescent enthusiasm.

Mr. Casey, keynote speaker at a conference here this past week on European youth in business, turned 15 in November. He has often been reported to be Europe’s youngest chief executive, a status that among other honors has won him invitations to meet European Union economic officials in Brussels.

“I feel I’ve got a head start,” Mr. Casey told the audience here, a group of 200 or so teenage achievers, some of them intent on breaking through what many consider European obstacles to business. “In 10 years, I will be 25 and I will already have 13 years of experience working in the industry, so that is kind of cool.”

Potential hurdles to the young and business-minded that were discussed during the three-day conference were a rigid education system in many of the European Union’s 28 countries; a cultural aversion to risk-taking in some parts of the region; and a stagnant economy in which youth unemployment is a pressing social problem. The role of speakers like Mr. Casey was to provide can-do pep talks.

“I don’t know if I’m still Europe’s youngest chief executive, but I certainly feel I’ve got a head start,” Mr. Casey said later in an interview. “I can’t be doing as much work as I like to, because I sort of have to go to school as well, play football and be a kid.”

Mr. Casey, from Waterford, Ireland, is a software developer.

He started computer programming when he was 9. He then developed a game called Alien Ball vs. Humans that topped the charts in the Apple Store in Ireland. In 2012, he registered his first company, Casey Games, with a staff of two “who…Continue Reading

Source: Nytimes.com Retrieved from (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/31/business/international/europes-young-entrepreneurs.html?_r=2)

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