The Bolt Biz Kids programme is led by Natasha Courtenay-Smith, a successful serial entrepreneur and CEO of London marketing agency, Bolt Digital.
Tash started Bolt Biz Kidz during Coronavirus lockdown to teach her own children valuable business lessons.
She believes that children are never too young to start discovering and learning about entrepreneurship, personal and social responsibility and making a positive impact, by starting their own businesses.
She also believes that anyone, young or old, can start a business as a fulfilling sideline, which is even more important for many during recessionary times.
Tash did this herself out of the ashes of the global financial crisis, with her kitchen table start-up - the Notting Hill Shopping Bag company. This was a part-time venture for Tash but it went on to sell 250,000 shopping bags through stalls at the Notting Hill market before being sold in 2017.
Soon after starting lessons every week day at 11am with her own children and nephew (Finn, 11, Edward, 9 Annelise, 7), word spread quickly.
Within a week, Tash was teaching up to 15 children every day using interactive web conferencing technology and was being approached by parents asking if their children could join.
The lessons follow a themed format that includes:
"Saved by the Kids" - where the kids help turnaround failing businesses, like a zoo and restaurant, which have been impacted by the Coronavirus lockdown.
"Product Creation" - where the kids come up with brand and product names for things like a best-selling chocolate bar.
"Great Bosses" - the goal of this lesson format is to analyse the qualities of successful entrepreneurs, leaders and bosses. Successful entrepreneurs often feature as special guests and the kids are able to prepare and ask questions.
Tash has a long-term vision to help teach entrepreneurship to more than one million children and teenagers worldwide.
The Coronavirus lockdown has been the catalyst for her to accelerate progress towards this philanthropic goal and so the Bolt Biz Kids school was born.
Using Facebook and web conferencing facilities, Tash is now able to bring the Biz Kidz school to a much wider audience.
Kids and parents can join Tash every week day at 2pm via the Biz Kids Facebook page and get involved in that day's business lesson.
Active participation in the lessons is encouraged by adding comments to that day's Facebook thread, but is also completely optional.
The lessons are designed to be fun as well as educational and include active tasks for the children to complete.
The Bolt Biz Kids programme is not only teaching children the value of entrepreneurship during the COVID-19 lockdown – we're also raising money for the brilliant people of the NHS, too.
Watch the video to find out more and please do donate to our crowdfunding campaign if you can. Thank you.