Enterprising children sell products at kids market

Exciting experience: Some of the participants of Kids MarketPlace were selling cupcakes.

KIDS MarketPlace 2014 which took place at the Main Place Mall, USJ21 recently provided an extraordinary opportunity for children aged eight to 12 years to showcase their entrepreneurial skills.

Organised by Group Mad and presented by Hong Leong Bank to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and capacity among children, Kids MarketPlace 2014 saw 35 teams comprising 70 enterprising “kid-preneurs” tirelessly trying to outdo each other by selling a variety of imaginative products such as do-it-yourself cupcakes, essential oils, handmade rainbow looms, accessories, games and face-painting activities to supportive parents and delighted weekend shoppers.

Group Mad chief executive officer Patrick Wee said the idea of Kids MarketPlace was to encourage and inspire children to channel their entrepreneurial abilities in a safe, fun environment and of course, in the spirit of friendly competition.

“We are exceptionally thrilled to be organising this for the fourth consecutive year,” he said.

Highlights of the two-day event were the Kidpreneur Contest, the Cashflow for Kids Challenge and Upcycling Workshops.

The Kidpreneur Contest saw young participants having great fun as they learned to use their entrepreneurial skills and determination to compete for the Most Promising Kidpreneur, Most Creative Kidpreneur and Best Display Award.

Prizes include a tablet and a fast food chain vouchers worth RM300.

The coveted Most Promising Kidpreneur 2014 was presented to Rasshme Vijayen and Ashley Chan Sueet Yan.

The team ran a Christmas-themed “company” called “A&R Christmas Bazaar” that sold Christmas ornaments and accessories that were all made by hand using rainbow looms.

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