Lemonade Stand Sydney – The Business School For Kids

lemonade standThis is a neat idea. Lemonade Stand is a 2-day school-holiday program for 9-12-year-olds “aimed to equip children with a fundamental mindset required to succeed in a fast moving century”.  Here’s their pitch:

In an exponentially changing world, our education system is doing what it can to maintain pace, relevance and impart the skills required to prosper in the 21st century.

However, technology and business model innovation moves much quicker than the school system is capable of responding. As such, the very existence of jobs traditionally seen as ‘safe’ such as accounting is being questioned and today’s kids are facing an uncertain future in which they are likely to have several careers and up to 15 jobs.

Clearly, a capacity for personal reinvention and an ability to identify new business and personal growth opportunities will be of significant importance.

Collective Campus co-founder and program facilitator Steve Glaveski says that “kids are always asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ but perhaps we should ask them ‘what do you want to create’?”

Fundamental business skills will be absolutely imperative to success in the 21st Century.

Help your children learn the basics of business building and how to pitch their ideas. This 2 day class will introduce your kids to these principles in a fun and interactive way and have them solving real problems.

As part of the course work students will be introduced to building prototypes, websites, apps and 3D printed mock-ups.

Armed with this information they will be placed into groups of 5 and given the opportunity to create their own business.

Parents and family are invited to attend the Pitch session on the afternoon of the final session.

In Sydney the course runs on Thursday 29 September at UTS – it isn’t cheap but, it it does appear to be well thought through. Full details, and in this case they are full and useful details, are here.

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