"Michael possesses an extraordinary ability to connect with teens and inspire them to live their lives with authenticity...his success as a Youth Speaker is due to his tireless devotion to the student cause...Michael stands apart from the crowd."
-Cyrus Ameri, Harvard Academic Chair '07
An internationally recognized speaker, Michael has spoken to thousands of students across different countries and cultures. He has received many honors for his work and was recently named 'Young Business Leader of the Year' by the National Financial Educators Council.
"I want teens to know that they can defy the odds, that they don't have to be their past mistakes, and that they can rise above anything life throws at them to help others and to live their dreams." -Michael Costigan
Michael has an utterly unique story to share. As a 13 year old, he set off to start his first business -- madFusion. Written off and rejected by many for being too young or too inexperienced, he rose above skepticism to become what many said he never could. Now, years later, he strives to help teens facing the very same issues he faced. Still in his 20's, he relates to young people, he shares their experiences -- their insecurities, their struggles, and the reality of growing up today.
"Nearly every teen is insecure about themselves and their future. I think it holds them back, I think it can sometimes be their biggest barrier." - Michael Costigan
Through a mix of good natured humor and purposeful motivation, Michael delivers a message that is down to earth, inspiring, and exhilarating.
Michael has been featured by ABC, CBS, FOX, and NPR. He is a featured TEDx Speaker and an active contributor to Entrepreneur.com. Michael has worked with groups of parents, educators, and non-profits to influence people from around the country to help teens lead their generation. And although he won't admit it, he's a huge nerd.