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Kids learn the ropes of business with free UVic entreprenuership training

The second annual Kidovate program is now open for registration
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The Kidovate Victoria 2020 market will be held at The Bay Centre on April 4. (Courtesy Beattie Tartan)

For the second year in a row the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business is hosting a kid-oriented business event.

Kidovate encourages kids and youth from middle to high school to develop an entrepreneurial spirit by providing them with a step-by-step guide to make micro-ventures. Any youth who sign up can also choose to be paired with a Gustavson School of Business student to help them along the way.

“An entrepreneurial mindset provides youth with the skills to adapt to an ever-changing economic environment, and helps them learn to take initiative and to effectively tackle challenges,” said Brock Smith, co-founder of Kidovate, in a statement.

“The program was very well received last year, with youth of all ages and from many different parts of the city participating.”

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Kids are encouraged to work on their projects with the aim of creating a product they can sell at an upcoming market on April 4 at Victoria’s downtown Bay Centre, and potentially at other malls.

“I valued the opportunity for customers, besides my family and friends, to check out my handmade cards,” Maija Stewart said about being a Kidovate participant last year.

“I enjoyed engaging with the customers and Kidovate volunteers and hearing and seeing their reactions to my product. It was also a great introduction to managing the finances - I made a spreadsheet to record my sales.”

Registration is now open for the event; anyone interested can head to kidovate.ca.

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