Kamloops Innovation and Early Entrepreneurs host first youth Innovation Camp in Kamloops.
What happens when you put 14 kids in a room together with experienced entrepreneurs? The answer is 14 exciting new businesses!
Kamloops Innovation partnered with the TRU Generator last week to deliver Kamloops’ first Innovation Camp.
Targeted at youth aged 10 – 12 years old, the team of facilitators covered topics such as HTML coding, logo design, 3D printing & prototyping, business marketing, budgeting and what it takes to start a successful business. The week-long camp wrapped up at Kamloops Innovation with a friendly pitch competition to parents and local tech startup companies at Kamloops Innovation.
“It was a lot of fun to observe the unconstrained thinking that comes from young people” says Lincoln Smith, Executive Director at Kamloops Innovation. “The participants in our first Innovation Camp learned and had the opportunity to experience the process of starting a new venture, and their final business pitches were impressive.”
Starting with an idea and progressing to the development of a small business plan and website, the kids had a great time exploring creativity in a business context. The new ventures ranged from improvements to existing products, to service businesses, to new app development and more.
“Our goal is to get youth to start thinking about entrepreneurship early and to look at businesses differently. We encouraged them to build something that makes a difference in their community and to add value,” adds Kim Cope, founder of Early Entrepreneurs.
The Innovation Camp may be over for the summer, but who knows – the next local product or service you buy may be one of theirs!
About Kamloops Innovation
Kamloops Innovation is a technology business accelerator offering programs that guide, coach and mentor early stage ventures; shared office spaces and technology community events. Kamloops Innovation is a non profit society that serves the Central Interior region of BC and is and part of the British Columbia Acceleration Network.
About Early Entrepreneurs
Early Entrepreneurs exists to help youth discover and monetize their passion. Through our programs in and outside the classroom we help transform youth into critical thinkers, problem solvers, creators, and ethical entrepreneurs. It’s time to build a culture of innovation. Visit https://earlyentrepreneurs.ca/
About The TRU Generator
We’re an entrepreneurial community at Thompson Rivers University providing mentorship, education, venture creation, and seed funding support for TRU alumni, students, faculty, and staff. The Generator offers online tools and resources for startup teams to help develop their minimum viable product, a diverse mentor network, and events for students, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in growing the Startup Community here on campus at Thompson Rivers University. Visit tru.ca/generator