One of the most rewarding aspects of Pitch-a-Kid is watching young minds get inspired by the pitches from real entrepreneurs. The kids see how with passion and purpose entrepreneurs are solving problems and this, in turn, challenges the children to do the same. There is a host of benefits of participating in an event – whether you are an entrepreneur presenting or a kid judging. It helps entrepreneurs refine their communication by being pushed to use simple and straightforward language. The kids learn about business models, value propositions, market research, vision, and teams. They also learn about different industries, careers, technologies, and companies. But there is also another underlying benefit of Pitch-a-Kid. It changes the question we usually ask children.
Most of us grew up with countless adults, friends, relatives, and parents asking us “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I can remember thinking, “What is grown up?” and when does it occur exactly? I mean, no one says “grow down.” When kids see how some of the best problem solvers in the world present their companies, it subtly but impactfully triggers them to want to solve problems as well. It changes the old age question from what do you want to be when you grow up to what problems do you want to solve.
When you change the question, in many instances, you change the answer as well. I find this to be one of the most rewarding aspects of Pitch-a-Kid. So, what problems do you want to solve?