In this episode of YS Up Governance and Boards Podcast, 3YS Owls Governance Consultants, Ainslie Cunningham and Deb Anderson interview Taj Pabari, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fiftysix Creations. We discussed Taj’s journey from a disengaged young person in school to creating Fifysix Creations at the age of 14, which is an education and social enterprise delivering business and entrepreneurship programs to solve youth unemployment.
You can't start a business without the support of other people, team members, co-founders that sort of thing. And therefore, they need to find a team, grow a team, incentivise other people to come work for them, and we kind of realised, entrepreneurship is a great way of teaching transferable life skills, and instead of trying to get kids to persuade them, to learn about public speaking, just get them to start a business because ultimately if they want to succeed down a pathway in business, they're going to need to know how to communicate. They're going to find a way to push out of their comfort zones.
Taj is one of Australia's youngest and most successful social entrepreneurs. At the age of 11 Taj started his first business, a tech blog for kids by kids. In 2014, the website was acquired by an international manufacturing firm for a small fee. At the age of 14, Taj founded Fiftysix Creations using the funds he raised from the tech blog alongside investment from Sydney impact investor, Steve Macdonald. The social enterprise delivers entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs for young people. As of 1 April 2020, Fiftysix Creations has educated more than 60,000 students from across Australia and New Zealand. Taj’s work and story has been featured on Sunrise, 60 minutes. The Today Show, National Geographic, ABC, Nickelodeon, and CNBC, and now YS Up Governance and Boards. Accolades collected by Taj and Fiftysix Creations include being named the 2017 young Australian of the year for Queensland, the Australian young innovator of the year, and winner of Westpac's top 20 businesses of tomorrow.
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