Bee-pot pitch earns Surrey student a Youth Entrepreneurship award

Boundary Park Elementary the site for Dragons' Den-style contest

Students of Boundary Park Elementary with members of Surrey Board of Trade's Youth Entrepreneur Team. Contest winner Kehan Hettiarachchi

For one Surrey student, it’s all about the bees.

Grade 6-er Kehan Hettiarachchi is the winner of a Dragons’ Den-style pitch event created by Surrey Board of Trade and PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday (June 1), he was celebrated at Boundary Park Elementary for his so-called Krazy Pots, which are pre-filled pots with soil and wild flowers to help bees thrive.

The event is part of a SBOT program to boost youth entrepreneurship in Surrey, through its new Youth Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Action Plan (YEAAP).

The program is carried out by the SBOT Youth Entrepreneur Team, comprised of local youth and business leaders, and it includes work experience, business events, business competitions and mentoring. Also, it involves giving students in grades 4 to 8 “an exciting, hands-on opportunity to explore the world of business.”

At Boundary Park Elementary, 59 students have been preparing to launch their own small business ventures this spring with Surrey-based PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, which aims to create “experiential learning programs that help grades K-12 students explore financial and social responsibility.”

Participating students develop business plans, conduct market research and make decisions about product design, advertising and pricing. They then showcase their achievements in a trade event called the Young Entrepreneur Show where they interact with customers and earn real money, with a portion of profits donated to charity.

“An important part of our role as a proactive civic business organization is to inspire, support and prepare Surrey youth with the practical life skills that they will need to succeed in today’s fast-paced world,” stated Anita Huberman, CEO of Surrey Board of Trade.

“Today’s elementary, secondary and post-secondary students are the city’s future professionals and business leaders. Regardless of the career path they choose, PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs helps them develop practical success skills.”

Products created by the young entrepreneurs include hand-crafted jewelry, terrariums, bath products and toys.

Contest judges were Surrey Board of Trade’s Luke Arathoon, Jag Shergill of Lawson Lundell law firm, Doug Tennant of Semiahmoo House Society, David O’Sullivan of PW Trenchless with Bill Roche of PowerPlay.

 

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