Rayan Garg, a student at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA, is already an accomplished entrepreneur. In addition to having competed in every single business competition available to high school students and placing as a finalist or semifinalist in all of them, he co-founded and is currently running an educational 501(3) nonprofit, Elevate the Future. Having impacted over 3,600 students and dozens of small businesses since launching, Elevate the Future increases access to business and computer science education to K-8 students through classes, summits and various initiatives across 40+ chapters around the world. Outside of Elevate the Future, Rayan is also the COO at Spark Teen, a nonprofit building the first accelerator for high schoolers along with a national set of entrepreneurship clubs.
What does “entrepreneurship” mean to you? RG: To me, entrepreneurship means being able to make a difference without having to worry about failing. It means