The World Economic Forum identified entrepreneurship education as the core for economic growth because innovation and entrepreneurship provide a way for solving the challenges of the 21st century. Thanh Tran, founder of Kidpreneur in Novi, Michigan, adds that entrepreneurship refers to an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action and is a key competence for all, helping young people to be more creative and self-confident in whatever they undertake. This is the mission for Kidpreneur.
If you have kids or know anyone who does, you will understand that parents encourage their child to start in sports, music, arts and academic early in life. Thanh, a serial entrepreneur and a father of two, is no different. He believes it is partly due to two factors: we want our kids to have a balance of skills to be well-rounded individuals and also explore a potential, hidden interest that could turn out to be their calling. How can’t we encourage our young people to explore entrepreneurship? According to Thanh, entrepreneurship is more than running your own business and maximizing profits. It’s about encouraging confidence and creativity in our kids and being able to communicate and present yourself and your ideas effectively. Like any activity, entrepreneurial skills will help develop key personality traits that can easily overflow into sports, music, arts and academics.
Kidpreneur will be a kid-friendly place where kids aged 8-16 can get mentorship and hands-on training about entrepreneurship and the latest technology including web design, app development, robotics and more. The idea is to have Kidpreneur embedded in the local community where kids and parents feel comfortable and kids are invited to take live classes, online courses, professional coaching and the occasional game challenges with the staff. Kidpreneur plans to launch its pilot on September 21 with the help of Digital Roots in downtown Northville, Michigan. Thanh said “Northville is the ideal location for Kidpreneur because of its unique landscape and transparent border between its neighborhood and downtown business district. We want the kids to roll out of bed and be able to walk, run or bike to their Kidpreneur classes.” And Jay Wolcott, founder and CEO of Digital Roots, is proud to partner with the Kidpreneur program and hopes that his facility inspires regional youth to develop skills that will create a future of innovation.
Kidpreneur’s flagship class is self-titled where kids will learn how to bring their idea to life. The goal is to have the kids be excited about their idea, have fun building a business, give exciting presentations and get customers by the time they graduate from the course. If the kids do not have an idea but want to learn about entrepreneurship, then the instructor will work with them to find their passion. Other pilot classes will include web design, Android App development and LEGO® Mindstorms robotic programming. The classes will take place on Saturdays, lasting 90 minutes for 9 weeks, and the kid to instructor ratio is 4:1. The classes are taught by top practitioners with real-world experience and understand how to get the kids engaged. The graduation event is called Demo Day and will allow the young entrepreneurs to present their business and demonstrate their products and services.
For more information, visit www.Kidpreneur.co or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Thanh Tran