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Forrest Hull

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Forrest Hull

He’s only 18 years old, but he already runs his own business.

Forrest Hull is a freshman entrepreneurship major at Oklahoma State University who has racked up years in business.

“I actually started Forward Designs in middle school,” Hull says. “I started making jewelry from essentially scrap metal in my garage and selling it to people at my church and peers at my school, and through that process, I kind of developed the entrepreneurial bug.”

He shut down Forward Designs while in high school in Jenks, Okla., to focus on launching Paradigm Creative, his mobile application-development firm, in early 2015.

“I wanted to figure out a way to start a business that was more scalable and something I was more passionate about,” he says. “That’s when I got involved with the entrepreneurship community in downtown Tulsa, and that brought me to the point of launching Paradigm Creative. It’s a mobile application-development firm that takes the complicated process of creating an app and makes it available and affordable to all types of entrepreneurs.”

Paradigm Creative has enjoyed many successes since its launch, including surpassing its first-quarter revenue goals in February. Although profitable, Paradigm Creative remains a startup in
Hull’s eyes.

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