IN CONJUNCTION with World’s Children’s Day, Hartamas Shopping Centre (HSC) and Yuber co-organised the Kids Marketplace over the weekend to help foster and increase the entrepreneurial spirit in children and teenagers.
The highlights included a Kids Entrepreneurship Contest, the Cashflow 101 for Kids Challenge, workshops by Yuber and a Green Bazaar.
A total of 39 teams, comprising 78 enterprising youngsters participated in the Kids Entrepreneurship Contest for the chance to win holiday package deals, scholarships by Yuber and the grand prize of an Asus Notebook.
Many shoppers at HSC were drawn to the cheerful bustle and were delighted by the enterprising young people.
An overall grand prize winner was chosen at the end of the contest from among the receivers of the Most Promising Young Entrepreneur Award.
All four promising teams displayed creativity and innovation in their products and tactics.
Schoolmates Dylan Tan, age 10, and Mohamed Yasin Azeez, 11, sold handmade bookmarks and parachute men.
Cousins Elizabeth Mahendra, eight, and Marie Lim,12 offered a variety of bright beaded jewelry made by them.
Sixteen-year-old best friends Ashley Chow and Nicholas Oon sold jokes and brightened the day with their cheery greetings.
Siblings James and Janice Chai, 14 and 12, respectively, sold a variety of eco-friendly recycled handicrafts and took home the grand prize of an Asus laptop and received the title of Most Enterprising Young Entrepreneur for their environmentally-friendly effort.
Ivy Khoo, mother of James and Janice, said she was happy with the event as it was a great and fun way for the children to put their living skills to practice.
MAD group managing director Patrick Wee said that the Yuber team was thrilled to be part of the event.
“We believe that our youths need a safe and guided environment to develop their entrepreneurship skills and learn how to take calculated risks in live. We hope that through this exercise, our young ones can learn to express their creativity and develop important life skills that will help them grow into well-rounded individuals.”
Yuber, which specialises in youth training programmes, focused on equipping youths with soft skills.
“Our youth camps are carefully designed to produce long-lasting and proven results that equip students with skills to prepare them for the increasingly competitive and ever-changing global environment,” said Wee.
The Cashflow 101 for Kids Challenge based on Robert Kiyosaki’s educational board game was another highlight of the weekend.
Kiyosaki’s Cashflow for Kids is designed to teach investment concepts to children in a risk-free environment.
Twenty-four children between the ages of nine and 12 participated in the challenge.
One of the youngest participants, Chegne Eu Jinn, nine, was declared the winner, winning an Asus laptop, a 4D/3N stay in Bali or Phuket and a half-scholarship from Yuber to attend the upcoming Green Star learning workshop in December.
For more information on The Kids’ Market Place and the latest Green Star Learning offered by Yuber, visit www.hartamas-sc.com and www.yuber.net respectively.