ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION: "IF YOU ARE INSATISFIED, CREATE THE SOLUTION"

"The proposal was that children between 11 and 13 solved educational problems from their daily lives by creating a startup. The parents and children liked the idea. "At the beginning, we had no idea of what could happen, but in the end, the experience, besides being positive, was gratifying and much greater than we expected", reports Hiro.

Entrepreneurship is much more than creating or owning your own business. The mission of entrepreneurship is to develop people by empowering them and providing them with an entrepreneurial attitude and mindset in order to find solutions for the most diverse problems.

It is with this in mind that Startup Weekend Edu Youth, the most important global entrepreneurship programme which sees people from various fields gather to create a startup in one weekend, arrived in Recife for its first edition outside of the USA.

According to Hiro Miyakawa, one of the event organisers, SW revolves around the idea that “if you’re unsatisfied, create the solution”. Those who believe that children aren’t capable of handling a sales pitch or coming up with innovative solutions are wrong. The Recife edition proved that it is indeed possible.

“The proposal was that children between 11 and 13 solved educational problems from their daily lives by creating a startup. The parents and children liked the idea. “At the beginning, we had no idea of what could happen, but in the end, the experience, besides being positive, was gratifying and much greater than we expected”, reports Hiro.

The children talked about how to make school more attractive with ideas of gymkhanas and games for classes. They also talked about the use of mobile phones which often contribute to solving a problem in the classroom.

These ideas formed the basis for the children to start developing their startups. “They went through the user-discovery and empathy mapping phases, carried out surveys, created logos, had contact with the MVP (Minimally Viable Product) and prepared themselves for the presentation to the judges. Curious, self-discovery and seeing new possibilities. Making mistakes, learning and moving forward”, he explains.

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