Business Labs for Kids is a business lab based in the methodology "learning by doing" of the Young Americas Business Trust. This pilot program was carried out by YABT Mexico and the Universidad Anahuac Mayab, in the facilities of "Deportivo Club Cumbres" in Yucatan, Mexico, from July 16 -20, 2012. The program was attended by more than 26 students between the ages of 8 and 15, from various academic institutions in the city, with the objective of promoting entrepreneurial spirit from an early age.
The course comprised a week of conferences with specialists and activities framing business concepts to demonstrate how children can apply these initiatives in their daily lives. Many of the activities complemented education and recreation, making it a comprehensive and fun experience. Among the activities, the project "JIDOS" highlighted bakery based food -production, innovating its way to package the product, offering potential customers an attractive alternative. Similarly, there were technological activities such as the "RoboticTech", a project based on armed games with robots, which offered training in robotics and mechatronics.
Among the workshops, there were conferences about Creativity, New Use of Things, Techniques and Marketing and Market Segmentation. Furthermore, the participants worked in groups to design innovative products, were they characterized entrepreneurs as super heroes recognizing their importance to society. At the end of the workshop, prospective entrepreneurs were recognized with certificates of appreciation for their efforts throughout the program.
YABT understands the importance of cultivating entrepreneurial spirit to young people from an early age; this workshop was a tool to promote entrepreneurship in children and adolescents, seeking to expand this program to other countries in the Americas.