Goldfish Bowl: Hello Handmade’s Young Entrepreneur Contest
By Monica Jorgensen
Hello Handmade in Berwick has launched a contest for young entrepreneurs called “Goldfish Bowl.” It’s the mini version of Shark Tank! Calling all go-getters between the ages of 12 and 18 years old! If you have a great idea for a new product, or even one you’ve been working on for awhile, this is the contest for you! Up for grabs is $100 towards supplies or start-up costs for your business, 3 months of free space in the shop, and promotion on the Hello Handmade social media platform and the popular “Shop The Shop,” a Facebook Live event that showcases select crafts from the store. .
The Grapevine asked store owner Angie Dorey how she came up with the idea. She said, “we’ve had some talented young entrepreneurs in our store, our youngest being 11-year-old Skyla who makes “Skyla’s Slime.” She also hosts workshops in the shop! Others have been 16 year old Sam Doucette of Against The Grain Woods, and 15 year old Caelyn Parker of Caelyn’s Creations. The idea for Goldfish Bowl came from my awesome marketing manager, Amy Sentis. As always, she called me late at night saying, “I have an amazing idea!“
Kids are so creative, but because they are young they often have fewer opportunities to develop their ideas, and less ability to pay for the expenses. Angie says, “we know how hard it is to start a business and can’t imagine being a student with no funds for start up and trying to make a go of it. We simply want to showcase the young talent that we have in our communities and help them get a leg up on their journey of starting a business.”
To enter, send a creative pitch video by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), to the Hello Handmade Facebook page, or make an appointment and pitch your idea in person. The contest closes on April 30.