Kidpreneur Fest Prepares Young Sharks for Entrepreneurship

The inaugural Kidpreneur Fest, a youth entrepreneurship expo for young persons 18 and under, brought out the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of local youth.

Kids had the opportunity to pitch their businesses, sell their products or showcase their ideas and concepts at Hemming Plaza over the Easter holiday weekend. The event was free and open to the public and the nominal cost for a booth was $35.  Children of all backgrounds showcased their wares and ideas for cash, prizes and inspiration.

Cash prizes were awarded for best pitch, best presentation, crowd favorite and more. Investors were on site reviewing and commenting on products design, aptitude and longevity. Kid business owners had the opportunity to sell their products and pitch their business to three (3) judges to get an investment of $500 (1st place), $250 (2nd place) and $150 (3rd place). There were also three (3) categories: 6-9 year olds, 10-13 year olds and 14 and up.

In addition to the mini moguls pitching and selling their products at Kidpreneur Fest, there were also workshops on entrepreneurship, games, fun activities and plenty of food and entertainment.

Kidprenuer Fest is an offshoot of the reality TV show “Shark Tank,” where budding entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition in by pitching their ideas to willing investors. The brianshcild of a youth motivatoer herself, Kidpreneru creator Angie Nixon looks forward yto seethe ignaurgal festival grow and inspire beyond Duval County.

Shown are up and coming industry titans: 1st Place 14 & Up winners in black shirts: Aaliyah, Zafir, Zahir, Zareef Furqan of THREEZ Company (paper products); Shown in the red chefs outfit is 1st Place (10-13 yr old winner), Chef Simone Bridges of The Goddess Food Factory; and Joey Reed of J Spinners (fidget spinners), 1st Place (6-9 yr old winner). Felicia Toliver photo

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