Ed Hardy is in high school, preparing for some of the biggest exams of his life. Still, this has not stopped the 18-year-old from launching an app and opening a start-up accelerator aimed at helping 16- to 18-year-olds get going on building the next hottest company.
"It's not as easy as the media commonly makes out (to start a company)," Hardy told CNBC on Friday.
"The barriers to entry have come down massively, but there's still a lot of work to do to make sure young founders have the skills, knowledge and inspiration to get going in this industry."
Hardy, together with co-founder and schoolfriend Kit Logan, are behind a skiing app called Edge. Launched last year, the app lets users track analytics from their performance, look at resort details and challenge friends.
Fresh off the back of launching Edge, Hardy is searching across Europe for suitable candidates for Young Founders, a U.K.-based start-up accelerator for entrepreneurs aged 16 to 18.
Young Founders has the backing of Shazam, the music identification app that recently got a $1 billion valuation, and the program will feature mentoring from top tech leaders.
In the U.K., London has typically been a hot-spot for start-ups with "Silicon Roundabout" leading the charge in the east of the city. But other hubs have popped up around the country and earlier this week, the U.K. government pledged £11 million of investment tech incubators in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.
Hardy said that the British government is "very good" for helping start-ups but schools need to begin teaching lessons on the topic.
"There are some many…16 to 18 year olds who see it as a career opportunity they want to do but they've not had the knowledge delivered to them in schools. Schools tend not to see, setting up your own business and going in as a founder as a genuine career opportunity," Hardy told CNBC.