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13-Year-Old is the youngest tech entrepreneur to receive venture capital funding.


Shubham Banerjee, founder of Braigo Labs Inc., holds a printer in Palo Alto Credit: Reuters/Braigo Labs Inc./Handout via Reuters

Shubham Banerjee, founder of Braigo Labs Inc., holds a printer in Palo Alto
Credit: Reuters/Braigo Labs Inc./Handout via Reuters

If Shubham Banerjee cannot lay claim to being the world’s youngest venture capital-backed entrepreneur, he comes very close.

Banerjee was 12 years old when he closed an early-stage funding round with Intel Capital, the company’s venture capital arm, last month for his prototype for a low-cost Braille printer. Since then, the San Jose, California middle-schooler has turned 13.

That’s young, even by the standards of Silicon Valley, where many venture capitalists unapologetically prefer to fund youth over experience.

Young entrepreneurs usually have reached at least their mid-teens when they hit it big. Nick D’Aloisio, founder of online news aggregator Summly, was 17 when Yahoo bought his company last year for $30 million. Read more.

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