Maryam Edah-Tally is Ernst & Young's 2017 Teen Entrepreneur Of The Year. She is 18 and Owner/Founder running the 1st e-Commerce business to sell original handcrafted floral accessories for horses, Fleur À Cheval.
She is currently a Business undergraduate student at Irvine Valley College under the teaching of her professor, John Russo. Maryam is a well-seasoned entrepreneur and her career hit off at age 13 when she competed in the TYE (Tie Young Entrepreneurs) program at Chapman University. She worked hands on with CEO’s from various industries to put together two startups that she pitched at age 13 and 15; eventually winning the semi-finals round both years.
Maryam completed all four years of high school by the time she was 16, and gave the Valedictorian speech at the graduation ceremony.
Maryam's diverse exposure as well as certifications including a graduate of the FBI Teen Academy, Ambassador for the National Society of High School Scholars, and delegate for the Congress of Future Leaders, opened up many opportunities for her in the corporate field. She was an assistant legal intern at the Law Offices of Ulwelling | Siddiqui,former intern at Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN), and now sits on the board for TCVN.
Maryam was named 2017 Tech Coast Venture Network Teen Entrepreneur and held an internship with them where she spearheaded admin, marketing and sales. After seeing her work ethic and drive, she was offered a spot on the board of the organization- once again being the youngest board member. Maryam entered the Get A Taste of Success Statewide Business Plan Competition hosted by the Doing What Matters initiative through the California Community Colleges to pitch her business. She was the Southern California Regional winner and was chosen as one of the top 3 Finalists in the State of California, where she took home first place with a $1,500 check.
Horses are a big part of Maryam's life. She used equine therapy as a way to relax after her figure skating competitions and ended up falling in love with horses. She started riding at age 13 and will never stop. Maryam still rides horses and has a horse of her own named Ares. The barn is Maryam's place to come everyday to unplug, and be thankful for the little things in life!
Yes- Maryam is a teenager! She is 19 years old and was born in a suburb of London. Only Maryam and her parents live in California, while the rest of the family lives in England and Mauritius.
Amidst being an entrepreneur, Maryam also balances the life of being a teen. She was a competitive figure skater for 7 years and sacrificed going to high school for the sport. She was homeschooled, and her discipline/self-teaching allowed her to graduate 2 years early, at the age of 16 as the class valedictorian. Now a 3rd Year Business Administration student at the Mihaylo College of Business & Economics, Maryam enjoys spending time with her friends- all while balancing college, fitness, her businesses and taking care of Ares.