NEW YORK: A 14-year-old precocious schoolboy from the US state of Alabama turned down a whopping USD 30 million buyout offer from a national healthcare company for his invention of vending machines that dispense first aid kits.
Taylor Rosenthal came up with the idea of creating vending machines that dispense prepackaged first aid kits for dealing with cuts, blisters and sun burns after watching his friends fall over at baseball games.
“Every time Id travel for a baseball tournament in Alabama, Id notice that kids would get hurt and parents couldnt find a band aid. I wanted to solve that,” Rosenthal told CNN Money.
Rosenthal, who launched his start-up RecMed last year, was offered a USD 30 million buyout offer by a “large national health-care company”, but he rejected to sell his idea.
He has already raised USD 100,000 in angel investments and plans to sell the machines for USD 5,500 each.
The machines will sell prepackaged first aid kits and individual supplies like plasters, rubber gloves and gauze pads costing between USD 4 and USD 11.
Rosenthal said he was open to advertising on the machines and hopes to deliver them to amusement parks, beaches and stadi-ums over the summer.
Six Flags theme park in the US has already put in an order for 100 machines.
Rosenthal initially pitched the idea of first aid pop ups as part of a school project but then changed it to vending machines. A few months later, the young CEO had his own patent.
“It has been amazing watching Taylor grow over the past year into this confident and amazing businessman. Even with all of his success, he remains humble and ready to help others. He’s just 14. Bill Gates should be worried,” said Rosenthals teacher Clar-inda Jones.