Brentis Cooper is an 18 year old entrepreneur from Rural Victoria. At age 16, Brentis launched his first online business, a fitness supplement store that provided supplements to bodybuilders and football clubs nationwide. This venture generated cash-flow that gave him the flexibility to start his next company that he felt had a much greater purpose.
After discovering his passion for business and building his first company, Brentis continued to learn about business, programming, and personal growth, which finally got him recognized by Peter Thiel, the Co-Founder of PayPal and main investor of Facebook.
Brentis was flown to San Francisco, California in March 2011, to be interviewed by the Thiel Foundation (run by Peter Thiel) for the chance to win a $100,000 grant to start a business in California. Brentis was one of 40 finalists which had been selected from all over the world. Only half of these finalists received the grants.
Although Brentis was unsuccessful in receiving a grant, he remained as passionate as ever, and recently launched a new company called the Think Big Business Academy (www.thinkbigbusinessacademy.com) which provides courses and resources for Young Entrepreneurs in order to improve entrepreneurial education within Australia.
The company is in the process of launching to Australian Schools, and plans to launch to schools in the US and New Zealand by the end of the year.
Brentis has also made plans to move out to California to work with some of the other grant finalists as soon as he finishes his year 12 exams in this year, having also the power of the Thiel Foundation behind him. He’ll be working on his more technologically challenging venture in the search industry, which has been recognized for its potential and shown great interest by mentors at the Thiel Foundation in California.
In the meantime, Brentis expects that the Think Big Business Academy will continue to grow rapidly and will achieve its purpose in supporting many young entrepreneurs across Australia.