By Confidente Reporter
BANK Windhoek launched the eighth edition of its annual BizzKids Competition at Beautiful Kidz in Katutura last Friday.
The entrepreneurial competition, designed to help scholars realise their business ideas, was established eight years ago, and is a platform created for scholars across Namibia, between the ages of 8 and 18, to sell and promote their own products and services. This year, the competition will be divided into two different categories.
Scholars between eight and 13 years will be competing against each other, while learners between 14 and 18 will be entered into a separate category.
Pupils are encouraged to enter the competition and win the opportunity to put their ideas and skills to the test at the Bank Windhoek BizzKids Market, scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 October at the Maerua Mall shopping centre in Windhoek.
The Bank Windhoek BizzKids Competition’s main objective is to educate Namibian youth about entrepreneurship, and give the young entrepreneurs an opportunity to win one of 20 exhibition stands (10 for each category) at the Bank Windhoek BizzKids Market. Last year, Lize-Mari de Bod (16), trading as Colouring Crazy, from Windhoek Gymnasium, was crowned the winner of the Bank Windhoek BizzKids Competition. She received prize money to the value of N$7 000 for herself and N$5 000 for her school.
Lize-Mari inspired the judges with her talent to draw and create opportunities to bring families closer together, by using her drawings as a means of activity for families to relax, enjoy and bond, by colouring in together. Nicole Groenewald (8) and Sharoline Bock (14), trading as Nicole’s Lucky Packets, from St’ Pauls College, received the second prize of N$5 000, and in third place, with prize money of N$3 000, was Katharina Bergemann (11), Fiona von Koenen (11) and Alexander Bergemann (9), from Deutsche Privatschule Omaruru, who traded as Sweet Friends.“By creating opportunities for entrepreneurship, such as the Bank Windhoek Bizzkids Competition, it not only benefits learners from all socio-economic backgrounds, but it also teaches kids to think outside the box, and it nurtures unconventional talents and skills. It is important for Namibia to encourage entrepreneurship amongst the youth, in order to inspire entrepreneurial values at a young age,” said Jacquiline Pack, Executive Officer: Marketing and Corporate Communication Services at Bank Windhoek.
“The Bank Windhoek BizzKids is one of the many ways in which Bank Windhoek contributes towards the development and growth of Namibia’s economy.
“Entrepreneurship can have a positive impact on the mindset of young people and their role in the society and the economy,” Pack added. The closing date for entries is 31 August and the finalists will be announced on 22 September.
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