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STYLE Seminar – December 2019

Recently, all of our STYLE (SocalTamil Youth Leadership) members had the chance to become entrepreneurs. It all started on a Sunday morning last December, where about 20 STYLE members gathered together to discuss some innovative business ideas we had.
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STYLE Meeting December 2019

A World of Sharks

~ Article by Valli Nachiappan (student volunteer, Irvine Tamil Kalvi)

Recently, all of our STYLE (SocalTamil Youth Leadership) members had the chance to become entrepreneurs. It all started on a Sunday morning last December, where about 20 STYLE members gathered together to discuss some innovative business ideas we had. The format was quite similar to Shark Tank, a reality show on ABC where entrepreneurs get the chance to present their ideas to businessmen that are willing to invest in their ideas. Though the activity didn’t involve real money or the actual creation of anything, it really piqued our interest in business and encouraged us to think of innovative ideas that would help better our world. We all got into small groups to discuss and decide on one idea to present to our investors, who were a panel of parents that questioned and critiqued us. With the help of some parent volunteers we were able to put together a pitch that showed what our product was and why it was investment worthy. At our first pitch, all the groups went up to present their very own ideas including a motion sensor shower and a stress monitoring watch. The panel of potential investors helped us improve our ideas by giving us specific feedback and suggestions. After a two week break we all came back this past week (Jan 19th) to pitch our new and improved ideas to another panel of investors. This time around, all of the groups refined their ideas and presented a more concrete pitch that was more convincing such as wind and electric powered hybrid cars, neurotransmitting pens, and self-correcting pencils. I personally enjoyed this activity very much because it was such a great learning experience for all ages. This activity helped us stimulate our brains, think innovatively, and market our talents in the real world. We might still be teenagers, but through this activity we learned the importance of marketing our innovative ideas in order to succeed in this technologically advanced world. With this exposure and inspiration, I’m sure at least one of us will make it big in the business world.

By- Valli Nachiappan

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