Ask a Genius: How this teen CEO balances business & homework

by Hanna Horvath
February 13th, 2019

Alina Morse is not your typical 13-year-old. She’s the CEO and founder of Zollipops, a company that makes sugar-free candy. She came up with the idea when she was 7, and has since grown the company into a multi-million dollar business.

Coming in lollipop and taffy form, Zolli candy “reduces acidity and neutralizes your mouth’s PH levels after you eat,” which prevents cavities, thanks to an ingredient called xylitol.

We sat down with Morse to learn more about being a teenage CEO and running her own company.

Our conversation with Alina Morse is the latest edition of Ask a Genius, our regular series of talks with brilliant people. This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.