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One of the most important skills entrepreneurs possess is resilience to overcome mistakes and withstand adverse situations. To do this, one needs to be emotionally strong and have solid self-esteem. This is exactly what Businesskids wants to strengthen in children and young people, a concept of entrepreneurial development for minors.
The methodology has been taught in courses since 2009 aimed at sowing the seeds that will produce long-term honest entrepreneurs committed to the social development of Mexico and the 15 countries that have joined this proposal with the help of this franchise. Mexican.
Every year BusinessKids hosts an international congress of activities to help children and teenagers have real experiences that connect them to the business world, all in a fun way. Due to the pandemic, this edition, which will be the sixth, will be held virtually.
Mary Carmen Cabrera, Founder and General Manager of BusinessKids, sees this as an opportunity: “This increases the opportunities to meet and interact with other entrepreneurial children from other parts of the world while building relationships and motivating them to keep going.”
The sixth edition of International BusinessKids Congress It will take place virtually from November 19-22. On this occasion a presentation by Alexander Osterwalder, creator of the Canvas business model, In addition to the participation of various personalities from the business world like the The Mexican jeweler and designer Daniel Espinosa; “El Tío Pepe” from Tío Pepe’s farm; Alejandro Villanueva, among other things director of the Fundación Televisa.
Learn by doing
Although he has worked with some enterprising children, for the first time Alexander Osterwalder will be able to connect with children and young people who have learned from a practice-based methodology and have real business experience. He emphasized, “It is important to survive in the business world. “
“I’ve always thought that entrepreneurship is not just learned by reading books, I’ve always compared it to doctors, even though they learn concepts from books, real learning is in the practice they do every day, it’s the same with The best way to learn is to put all concepts into practice as often as necessary, ”said Osterwalder during the presentation of the congress.
Alex Osterwalder during the presentation of the International Businesskids Congress.
The Swiss business theorist made it clear that regardless of whether it is a lemonade stand or a large company, “all companies have the same nine components in their business model”. In addition, he emphasized the importance of working on the canvas of the value proposition of the products and services you want to offer your customers in order to truly start a business.
Failure is good
Osterwalder regards it as the greatest ability of an entrepreneur to fail, to stand up and to be able to change. “Failure is good,” he said. “You have to understand that failure is fascinating. If you don’t create value for customers, you’re not doing it right.”
So he said, “You have to build that self-esteem and be proud of the mistakes you make, the ones you’ve learned from, and the last ones to fall in love with the idea. Rather, you should try out your idea again and again until it works, ”emphasized the business model specialist.
He added that children don’t care that much about failure, however when you hit puberty to be perfect, but like a baby, entrepreneurs spend their time making mistakes in the beginning. “You have to see what you are putting on the next block, you have to adapt quickly and understand what is not working at this speed of a baby.”
“If they didn’t make mistakes, I didn’t believe in their ideas, I would say you didn’t try. Better not to adapt your idea. The more you fail, the more you will learn. You should be proud of all of your mistakes, but you shouldn’t consider it a target. Success is the result of hundreds of mistakes. It becomes successful after many tries and it is something that changes your idea. [de negocio] It is important to adapt to learning, ”stressed Osterwalder.
Opportunities within the crisis
Osterwalder and Cabrera stressed the importance of learning from mistakes and knowing how to stay within the tide that the market sometimes represents, taking as an example the atypical year that Mexico and the world saw due to the COVID-19 Have experienced a pandemic. While the restriction has been terrible for many companies, it has also been taken advantage of by many entrepreneurs and business people who have found important opportunities or know how to evolve their companies to weather the crisis.
Pet parade and virtual fair
In addition to the presentations with experts and business people during the International BusinessKids Congress Children can showcase their pets in the Pet Parade Online. You will have a lot of fun with the themed parties and of course the virtual fair via expobusinesskids.com, where all children and young people can sell their products, which will be available on the BusinessKids marketplace by the beginning of 2021.
Win a ticket to the congress
Visit the site of International BusinessKids Congress to learn more about the other activities and speakers.
will give away three entrances to the International BusinessKids Congress. They are intended for three children who will share their business idea and the reasons they want to attend the event. Follow the in Spanish Account on Instagram and tag yourself with the hashtag #Businesskids. The three best contributions win a contribution. You must attend by Wednesday the 18th at 12 noon.