14 young entrepreneurs take the stage.
What do you get when you give 14 kids 4 industry leading mentors and put them in a room for 54 hours? The next generation of inspiring young entrepreneurs, developing their craft at the age of 8!
Australia’s First Start Up Weekend for Kids
This weekend Rising Tide Ventures has been privileged to support the first Kids Start Up Weekend in Australia, held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brisbane from 12-14 September.
From Friday through to Sunday evening, teams of young children aged 8-14 have come together to pitch, develop and validate their million dollar ideas (as well spending a little time on the new Xbox One!).
From Idea to Investment Proposal in 2 Days
Supported by experienced mentors, the children will be developing their pitch, gathering valuable market feedback and designing logos, websites and promotional material to launch their big idea.
The weekend culminates in a Sunday night pitch fest where the teams will attempt to impress judges and prove that their idea has what it takes to make it big.
Competing for a place in the “Slipstream” business accelerator program.
The grand prize the teams are competing for is free entry into Rising Tide Venture’s business incubation program which will be specially modified for the kids.
This program will take the winning team through the Slipstream accelerated start up program, providing them with mentoring, collaboration tools & support to get their idea off the ground quickly.
A Junior Version of a Global Start up Movement
Led by Katey Shaw (@kateyshaw) and with the support of Matthew Dunstan (@_risingtide) Danielle Neale (@bespokesteam) and Microsoft's Luke Sweatman, Kids Start Up weekend is a take on the adults event of the same name which has become a worldwide movement in 300 countries around the world.
According to Katey, this is just the first of many Kids Start Up weekends to come. “I love supporting kids in their entrepreneur journey. There are so many things we can do to develop this next generation of talent”.
Post Script: The winning team, Scioogle are on their way to having their first product available for sale by Christmas 2014. Check out the great photo of the kids on the front page of the business section: https://twitter.com/_risingtide/status/514750486927261698