Meet the Team
Founder & CEO, NovelTie
Shreyas Parab is a teen tie-preneur and founder. When the 15-year-old high school junior first tells people he is a business owner, they usually expect that he is doing something with technology. After all, neckties are not on the minds of the average teenager, and teenagers aren’t on the minds of tie manufacturers, either. However, Shreyas and thousands of other young men in private schools around the country are required to wear ties, and NovelTie, the company Shreyas started last year, designs ties specifically to appeal to teen tastes. Shreyas came up with the idea for NovelTies while taking a 30-week after-school program called Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at a nearby college during his freshman year. His business went on to earn him the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the National Association of Women Business Owners of Greater Philadelphia, which sponsored his local YEA! Program, and he was named a YEA! national finalist.