Inner West Kidpreneurs

Who said the kids of today are lazy? Young kid-preneurs are taking the Inner-West by storm this Christmas with their entrepreneurial plans. Gone are the days of the simple lemonade stand, these kids mean business!

11 Year old Kate Barry noticed that the hair scrunchies that adorned hairstyles back in the 1980s were back in fashion, and yet the range was limited cheap to imported mass manufactured hair scrunchies in the shops. So in the July school holidays she decided to launch her own scrunchie business, Scrunchie Munchies She’s sewn the range herself, built a website and has set about marketing them through pop up stalls across the Inner-West. Priced from $6-8 there’s now an extensive range including velvet, Christmas inspired, Llamas, watermelons and school twisties.

Kate noted “My Great Nanna was a dressmaker, and my mum loved to sew as a child so she helped me to work out how to master the sewing machine and I make the scrunchies myself after school and on weekends. It takes a while to make the tubes and then stuff them with elastic and I spend a long time looking for the latest fabrics to keep mixing up the range. Dad says that the range needs to be narrowed, but I love having something new to include. I’ve learnt a lot and look forward to putting a little magic in the hair of Inner-West girls over summer.”

Kate’s friend Molly Cameron, also 11 years old is a more seasoned business veteran, having launched her Mo’s Kitchen baking business in 2017 at the ripe old age of 10.

Molly says she loves nothing more than being in the kitchen creating her sweet treats. She has created special occasion cakes, baby shower treats, corporate logo cupcakes and much more. “I love baking! I know my mum would like me to learn to cook some savoury dishes, but I really can’t see that happening. There are way too many cakes, cookies and desserts to make!”

Both girls are currently completing year five at PLC Sydney, with an insatiable drive to continue to evolve and grow their businesses in the years ahead. Keep an eye out for their pop ups and be sure to check out their websites, supporting local young talent.

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