8 Inexpensive Gadgets Perfect for Busy Entrepreneurs

What is one must-have gadget under $100 that should be on every business owner’s wish list right now?


The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Leap Motion

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to open it until “early 2013,” but for about $70 you can start experimenting with the future of human-to-screen interaction. Forget the mouse. Leap’s implications on healthcare, business and design are endless.

Emily Eldridge Holdman, The Remarkables

2. Global Entry Chip

For $100, you can get the Global Entry chip in your passport to skip the lines at immigration when returning to the U.S. Nothing beats bypassing crowds of people and having VIP service when you get off an international flight.

Matt Wilson, Under30Media

3. The Swivl

It’s a little more than $100, but the Swivl is basically your own personal cameraman that connects with your iPhone. You load your iPhone in, download the app, and hold a sensor, and the Swivl follows your movement while you’re filming with your iPhone. Great for startups doing vlogging and demos!

Jessica Brondo, The Edge in College Prep

4. Mophie

A sleek, stylish and simple smart phone battery that fits in your pocket? Yes please. For under $40, you can now get a Mophie that’ll recharge your iPhone fully — that’s something everyone needs these days.

Eric Koester, Zaarly

5. Android Sticks

A group of the most fascinating gadgets on the market right now aren’t being produced by Apple or Samsung — rather these innovative new devices are being born from China. For anywhere from $40 – $100 dollars you can score an ultraportable “Android Stick” — turning any HDMI-equipped display into an instant computer for YouTube videos, gaming, or even some word processing.

Nanxi Liu, Enplug

6. FitBit

The Fitbit Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker ($99) allows you to monitor your own personal physical cycles. Not only is it a pedometer that tracks your activity, but it also learns and senses when you’re in REM sleep, and decides when to wake you based on that sense. It prevents grogginess and helps you feel your best so that you can give your best.

Robert J. Moore, RJMetrics

7. Zipbuds

If you have problems with tangled headphones when you’re on the go, you have to grab a pair of Zipbuds that allow you to have a zipper instead of mess of wires.

John Hall, Digital Talent Agents

8. Logitech MX Anywhere Mouse

This Logitech mouse is the best mouse I’ve ever used. It’s small and portable and works on any surface. It’s paid itself off in spades, and most of my office also uses it!

Bhavin Parikh, Magoosh Test Prep

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Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year, and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at yec.co.

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