Idai Windborne, a student at Rickards High School and a Be Entrepreneurial program participant, presented her business plan at a school assembly in front of three judges, JABB staff and fellow classmates on Friday, March 24, 2017. Windborne was featured along with four other students in order to compete for the title of school representative at Junior Achievement Big Bend’s Shark Bowl on April 13. JABB sat down with Windborne, as well as the other participants, to get an idea of how JABB benefited them and impacted their future goals.
JABB: What did you learn in the Be Entrepreneurial program?
Idai: I learned that when you have an idea, just go for it; honestly, if you really, really truly believe in it, go for it. At the end of the day, it might suck to everyone else, but if you got that spirit, you’ll go far.
JABB: How did this program help you with your future goals?
Idai: It helped me a lot, actually. It helped me realize that it actually takes planning. It actually takes thinking about. You can’t just have a dream and say “I want to do that.” You actually have to plan, like go to college and get all your materials. It was a lot. But it helped me in the fact that I understood the importance as well.
JABB: Why do you think it’s important to learn about the skills [in the Be Entrepreneurial program] early on?
Idai: It’s very important. If you don’t have those skills early, it’ll be hard for you when you get in college and you actually go to an entrepreneur class. You’d be so lost. Different skills that you think you need, you need, like dividing and whatnot. Although you might not think you need it in daily life, you need it, and actually having that voice to ask or advertise your company, you need it.
JABB: What kind of information would you like to hear about from a local entrepreneur?
Idai: I would like to hear how they got started and the steps they took, like what was their strategy in all of it.