Gold Coast Bulletin - Making kid entrepreneurs out of lemons

Gold Coast Bulletin - Making kid entrepreneurs out of lemons

 Originally published in the Gold Coast Bulletin 

THOUSANDS of school kids will get their first taste of entrepreneurialism next year when they get the chance to run and operate a lemonade stand business.

RUN by not-for-profit organisation DICE kids,(Digital, Innovative, Creative and Entrepreneurial) National Lemonade Day aims to embed business skills in schoolkids and build up the next generator of innovators and entrepreneurs.The idea was first floated at the Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy's policy hackathon in October where it was judged by a government panel including the CSIRO's head Larry Marshall to be the winning pitch.

Now the program is set to hit schools and community organisations in early 2016, and has a broader aim to reach 180,000 primary-school children in three years.

"The purpose is to inspire them, and give young people the ability to believe in themselves and believe that starting a business is an option," DICE Kids leader Erin Watson-Lynn said.

"We don't necessarily want everyone to grow up and become entrepreneurs but it's about those skills that can equip them to adapt in the future economy."

The lemonade day will be the first initiative from the organisation which on Thursday announced Lucy Turnbull as its patron.

"I work very closely with the minister's office and now the prime minister's office because Lucy is the patron," Ms Watson-Lynn said.

While details on the scheme's implementation are still under wraps, Ms Watson-Lynn said DICE had secured corporate sponsorship and backing and a partnership with the CSIRO.

The National Lemonade Day will be rolled out as part of CSIRO's school program after the head of the national science body offered it a platform at the hackathon.

The group is also planning another program with the national science body's backing.

"The future prosperity of our country rests on the innovation potential of our children," CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall said.

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