Young people have been hustling for cash for decades, but usually they’re sourcing funds from their parents, or from activities such as car washing, working in a retail store, working in fast food, paper runs and babysitting.
But today, with the advent of technology, more awareness about the opportunity to become an entrepreneur, and more support to help them on their journey, local business woman Yvette Adams says more young people are starting businesses.
Having started her first business when she was just 17, she is delighted to be showcasing them on a new TV show she is hosting called Young Entrepreneurs, which has recently been released on BRiN, the world’s first business advisor in your pocketapp, which already has over 9,000 downloads from 74 countries.
“I’ve had a ball meeting these amazing young people. They were all seriously inspiring — ranging in age from 12 to 25 years and with stories ranging from being 13 and raising $20,000 in just 18 months from a lemonade stand to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research to creating 3 businesses by the time they were 25 years old and having celebrities such as the Kardashians endorse their business.
“What was particularly heartening was the fact all of them seemed to have a really strong social conscience and even though they were starting out, they were already ‘giving back’ and making this a part of the very fabric of their business,” says Adams.
Having skipped Uni and starting her own business at 17, Yvette says she knows exactly how it feels to slog it out in a world of adults who under estimate what you’re capable of, hence why she accepted the offer to host her own show.
“I’m really passionate about supporting anything involving youth, education and technology so working with the team from BRiN made a really good fit. And I’m just loving giving these young people the airtime they deserve. I hope the show will inspire more young entrepreneurs, and even those who aren’t under 25. If these young ones can do it with little to no initial funds, business experience or contacts, anyone can do it!”
The show is accessible on the BRiN app for free for iOSsmart-phone users only, with an android version due out early next month.
Adams filmed four episodes in Sydney in July and will film a further six shows next month.
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BIOGRAPHY OF YVETTE ADAMS
Yvette Adams is a serial entrepreneur and multi-award winning business woman.
She has started six businesses, the first a newspaper when I was 17, and two of which she has since sold. She currently runs three businesses – The Creative Collective – a crowdfunding & digital marketing agency; The Training Collective – a digital skills training organisation, and awardshub.com – an online portal which helps people find business awards to enter.
A twice-published author, and regularly called on as a media commentator and keynote speaker, facilitator and MC for events all over Asia Pacific. My most recent book is about kids and technology and called ‘No Kidding — Why Our Kids Know More About Us Than Technology and What We Need To Do About It’ and is available online and from all good bookstores.
In 2015 she was recognised for making a significant contribution to science and innovation in Queensland and included on the Department’s Queensland Science and Innovation Champion Hall of Fame and more recently she was named as a Digital Champion by the Queensland Government.
In 2016 she became the host of a new show called Young Entrepreneurs about young entrepreneurs which can be viewed on BRiN, the world’s first business adviser in your pocket from August 2016. Download the app for free now in the App Store (available on Android soon).
She is on the committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Sunshine Coast, the expert panel of the AICD’s Directing Growth program and is a member of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Knowledge & Service Based industries task force. She regularly mentors at Business Blueprint and Startup Weekend events.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand on the fortunate cusp of Generation X & Y she travelled the world for most of her 20s (x3 round the world trips of a year each) and used London as a base. She has been based on the Sunshine Coast of Australia since 2004.