Do you know someone under the age of 18 who has what it takes to be one of Canada’s Next Young Entrepreneurs?
Mattel has launched the first-ever Barbie™ Business Bursary right here in Canada, and they’re looking for nominations of Canadian children and youth under the age of 18 who demonstrate true entrepreneurial spirit and a can-do attitude.
Kids can nominate themselves, a friend or relative – or adults can nominate a worthy individual for consideration. Created to grow Canada’s next generation of leaders, the launch of the bursary initiative coincides with the launch of Entrepreneur Barbie, Mattel’s 150th career doll, designed to inspire children to dream big and to follow their dreams.
A recent survey of Canadian Women Entrepreneurs shows:
- 70% of Canadian women entrepreneurs believed that anything was possible when they were a young girl
- 70% of Canadian women entrepreneurs said it was a parent that helped them foster their belief that anything is possible
- 2/3 of Canadian women entrepreneurs believe they are currently living out the dreams they had as a young girl.
We love that Mattel is helping girls to see entrepreneurship as a career option, and encouraging them to dream about what kind of business they would start. We can’t wait to hear about the business ideas of the finalists!
Nominations will be accepted until September 1, 2014. Entries will then be narrowed down to 10 finalists from across Canada, who will be asked to submit a personal video sharing their entrepreneurial dream to be posted on barbie.com/mydreams.
Three winners will be chosen to each receive $2500 to fund their big idea.
“Mattel has always encouraged children to think big, and the Barbie™ Business Bursary presents the perfect opportunity for Canadian children to make their business dream a reality,” says Erica Diamond, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of womenonthefence.com an award-winning blog that aims to teach, inspire, empower and unite all women to chase their dreams. Erica was chosen as Barbie Canada’s Chief Inspiration Officer, and will be one of the judges on the panel to award the three bursaries.
“Barbie was always there for me as a role model when I was a child. She inspired me to dream big and be fearless, and today, I’m living out those dreams,” she continues. “I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and to make a difference and help other women and girls do the same. The Barbie™ Business Bursary is an important initiative that recognizes and rewards young entrepreneurs and invests in our leaders of tomorrow.”
Nominations for the Barbie Business Bursary are open until September 1, 2014. Submit your nomination at: barbie.com/mydreams.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)