Nurturing Entrepreneurship in Children

In conjunction with World Children’s Day, Hartamas Shopping Centre (HSC) and Yuber, which provides child training services, organised the Kids Marketplace recently to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in youths.

The highlights at Kids Marketplace included the Kids Entrepreneurship contest, Cashflow 101 for Kids Challenge, workshops by Yuber and a green bazaar.

A total of 39 teams comprising 78  youngsters participated in the Kids Entrepreneurship contest for the chance to win holiday packages, Yuber scholarships and the grand prize of an Asus Notebook.

Participants  who were grouped under the junior (aged 8-12) and senior (aged 13-18) categories competed for the Best Display, Most Creative and the Most Promising Young Entrepreneur Awards.

The Most Promising Young Entrepreneur, in particular, were judged based on creativity and leadership skills, as well as the ability to make the most profit from an undertaking.

The overall grand prize winner was chosen from among the various Most Promising Young Entrepreneur category winners at the end of the contest.

The one who showed the most creativity and were the most innovative in their products was picked the winner.

Siblings James and Janice Chai, aged 14 and 12, respectively, sold a variety of eco-friendly recycled handicrafts  to take home the grand prize of an Asus laptop  for being the co-winners of the Most Enterprising Young Entrepreneur  award for their  conservation efforts.

Their mother Ivy Khoo said:  “We are happy and excited to participate in this  event as it is a fun way for our children to put their living skills to practice.”

Schoolmates Dylan Tan, 10, and Mohamed Yasin Azeez, 11, sold handmade bookmarks and parachute men.

Cousins Elizabeth Mahendra, 8, and Marie Lim, 12, offered a variety of bright, beaded jewellery that they had made themselves.

Best friends Ashley Chow and Nicholas Oon, both 16, sold cards of humour, brightening the day with their cheery greetings.

Patrick Wee, managing director of Group MAD, which Yuber is a part of, said: “Our Yuber team is  thrilled to co-organise this event with HSC, as we believe that our youths need a safe and guided environment to develop their entrepreneurship skills and learn how to take calculated risks in life.

“We hope  this exercise allowed our young ones  to express their creativity and develop important life skills that will help them grow into well-rounded individuals.

“As a youth training provider, we at Yuber  aim to equip youths with soft and leadership skills.

“The curriculum of our youth camps and workshops,  are developed by youth training provider Seeds Training.

It has been designed to produce long-lasting and proven results that equip students with skills  for the increasingly competitive and ever-changing global environment,” said  Wee.

Another highlight was the Cashflow 101 for Kids Challenge that is based on Robert Kiyosaki’s educational board game.

The challenge is designed to teach investment concepts to children in a risk-free environment.

Altogether, 24 children between the ages of  9 and 12 participated in the challenge.

One of the youngest participants Chegne Eu Jinn, 9, was declared the winner.

He won an Asus laptop, a four day, three-night stay in Bali or Phuket, and a half-scholarship from Yuber to attend the upcoming Green Star learning workshop next month.

Creative workshops such as the Free Cap Make Over and Sneaker Facelift workshops were a big hit at the Kids Marketplace. The children were given a plain cap or sneaker that they could then draw and paint on, however they liked.

Illustrator and designer Kenzy Chew helped the children in creating their own masterpieces.

The free workshops kept the youngsters entertained as they drew and painted to their hearts’ content.

Children and their parents also participated in the Yuber Learning Fun Games facilitated by YUBER.

In the games they had the chance to take home some fun, educational prizes.