I first learnt of the Club Kidpreneur Foundation at a Business Chicks conference I attended in Uluru at which our Founder Creel Price was speaking. I had only just finished sharing with a fellow delegate that my nine-year old son (who had historically found English tough and his engagement waivered as a result) had written a business plan because he wanted to start a business. The excitement in his voice and belief in his eyes said it all – he had found his purpose, but as the parent I was at a loss as to how to help him take the next steps.
When Creel burst on to stage talking about the necessity of exposing our children to entrepreneurship and business know-how early in life I knew this was the answer for my son and for so many other children like him who have a great idea and just need the opportunity to ‘have a go’. Getting on board was the logical next step as I wanted to share the inspiration that my son had experienced to reach other children and parents.
As a Kidpreneur parent, I believe there has never been a better time to be a part of the entrepreneurship movement- or ‘The Entreprennaissance’ as Creel has coined it. The growing support from government, industry and educators is encouraging, and also pertinent to achieving mainstream integration of entrepreneurship education into our schools. Teaching entrepreneurial skills equips our children with the agility, resilience, business acumen, creativity, confidence and a ‘have a go’ attitude to live in a diversified and responsive workforce fit for the 21st century.
In the six years that the CKF has been running 8,000 kids from 500 schools have participated, creating 10,000 micro-businesses and raising $350,000 for charity. There are wonderful success stories of Kidpreneurs who have built businesses that achieve enough profit to pay for their international sporting commitments, and those who have been transformed through the program from being disengaged students to becoming School Captain full of confidence and purpose. There are also the stories of kids building confidence and becoming aware of their responsibilities in society and sharing their profits with others in need.
Change is a sign of progress. Joining me in the newbie ranks at CKF is School Partners Coordinator Nick Harding. Nick is an education specialist having spent 12 years in the classroom as an English teacher. Stepping outside the school grounds, he is now a communication and presentation consultant helping senior executives to deliver a clear and concise message. His combined understanding of the national curriculum and entrepreneurship bodes well for his new role with CKF working with schools. And at the end of the week we say good-bye (only briefly) and congratulations to Program Development Manager Lydia Scott, wishing her good luck as she heads to New Zealand to marry her long-time partner Sam. Click here for our bio page to get to know us (we will post a wedding photo too).
At the moment, the growing conversation is about equipping our kids with skills for the future. Entrepreneurial skills including critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and self-belief lay the foundation for achievement. At Club Kidpreneur we take seriously our role to help schools and parents to spark entrepreneurial thinking and lay these foundations in kids in the primary school years. Next year there are plans to enhance the CK Challenge school program and Budding Business Brains holiday workshops both online and into the early senior school years. I look forward to getting to know you and sharing these milestones with you.