Our inaugural Jr. Startup Accelerator ended with a magnificent bang! How shall we count the ways the kids, parents, mentors and coaches made us proud? Perhaps we can start with the end; the Bazaar. At our two day Bazaars (one hosted by JTC and the other by National Design Centre) the shy ones were fearless marketeers, the undisciplined were diligent bookkeepers, and all skepticism was struck mute with the fantastic display of products, undeniable fiscal success and unimpeded enthusiasm from all involved. Raking in more than 2,000 sgd in revenue, the children were able to donate a total of 1890 sgd of profits to their respective charities and more importantly, they proved that age or size didn’t matter when it came to making an impact.
The evolution both soft and hard were eye-opening as well. The products themselves were impressive on-sight, but those involved know that they were indeed amalgamation of collaborative thinking, constant testing and numerous iterations. With only bouts of 15 to 20 min talks but constant hands-on, words like “prototype”, “gross profit”, “user testing” and “marketing strategy” made its way into the Jr. Startup common vocabularies. However, such mindset changes and applied curiosity did not come easy. Each team had their fair share of failures and tears that each had to reconcile in their own ways, making teams stronger and projects better. Needless to say, there were also frustrations related to teamwork, productivity, and learning new skills. So despite the numerous adopted processes and learned skills, the greatest takeaway was undoubtedly the resilience shown and the depth in which we etched ourselves into each other.