How We Got Started...
While Founder, Amber Wakem, would love to take all the credit, the idea for $tart-Up! actually came from her daughter. She states:
"Our family was gearing up for a community garage sale and my daughter, Harper, decided she wanted be involved. When we asked her "how", she told us, she wanted to have a lemonade stand. After a few open-ended questions, Harper realized grown-ups don't care for lemonade in the morning---they want coffee!
With that, she sat off to create her product "Flipping Coffee", by challenging herself to find the answers to the questions we proposed, researching what people liked in their coffee, visiting a local coffee store, and coming to the realization part of her ensured success came from having support (employee).
from start to finish Harper and her employee (a good friend she carefully considered that would proof to be beneficial to a successful outcome) were able to bring their vision to life. Of course, because of their age, they needed a little computer assistance and help getting to places.
In the end, her vision made over $100 profit in just a few hours---roughly two dollars more than the state minimum wage when divided between the two. Reflecting on this, I realized what a valuable lesson she had learned. I watched her engage Higher Level thinking skills like: product marketing, business development, cost average, and the utilization of branding. What I found even more powerful was how She was able to take those skills and translate them into classroom success and confidence. as a dyslexic child, those both were areas she had previously struggled with.
It is because of that experience, I full heartedly believe that $tart-Up! will provide an incredible opportunity to interested children by empowering them to bring their ideas to life with real time goals, deadlines, and opportunity. I can't wait to see what our future leaders are have to offer!"