Nightly News   |  August 14, 2013

Boy’s creative arcade leads him to lecture circuit

An 11-year-old boy, whose cardboard arcade went viral, now speaks to colleges and teaches others about entrepreneurship.  NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> finally tonight, a reunion of sorts with a boy we told you about last year. he had spent the summer in his dad's auto parts store and using a little cardboard and a lot of imagination built his own arcade that got worldwide attention. well, the little boy just celebrated his had 11th birthday. while his arcade may soon be a thing of the past, his inspiration for children around the world lives on. nbc's miguel almaguer has our story from los angeles .

>> reporter: when we first met little cain monroe, his imagination captivated the child in us all.

>> i've got tokens and prizes.

>> reporter: in 2011 , in his dad's shop, with scraps of cardboard and tape, he built cain's cade.

>> reporter: after a filmmaker discovered the creation, the boy who waited all summer for his first customer --

>> what's going on over here?

>> reporter: -- suddenly had a huge following. caine has had quite a year. kids --

>> i look up to him.

>> reporter: -- and their parents --

>> i think it's awesome.

>> reporter: -- were still lining up to see caine on the last day of his arcade. what do you think of the turnout?

>> pretty cool. a lot of people.

>> please welcome our professor of entrepreneurship.

>> reporter: the youngest entrepreneur to lecture at university of southern california 's business school e.'s been featured in magazines, traveled the world and even accomplished his dream of being on a billboard. all while raising $235,000 for college.

>> he was just messing around a, a little basketball hoop and putting boxes and tape together. and he changed the whole world.

>> reporter: caine 's arcade grew into a global challenge . children around the world using their imaginations to create and build, with a goal to reach 1 million children in 70 countries.

>> man, i don't know what to say. you're just famous.

>> reporter: what do you think is the best part about all of this?

>> people are getting inspired by me to make arcade games and other stuff.

>> reporter: caine is moving on eflt's growing up and wants to open a bike shop . but his arcade lives on in the mathing nation foundation, a nonprofit inspiring kids to dream outside the box. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles .