Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 #NewFaces Profile: Young Innovators Collective

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate we are taking up the challenge/call from our friends at Kiwi Connect to highlight some #NewFaces. Young people who are wrangling business and generally being awesome within our resident community! Today we meet Kiran Patel who works out of BizDojo Auckland, and we met Sarah and Aston earlier this week! 

1. NAME: Kiran Patel

2. AGE: 20

3. COMPANY: Young Innovators Collective

4. What is your business? Give us the elevator pitch.

YIC is a youth for youth organisation that builds communities and projects that activate and amplify youth voice. We also provide services for youth and community organisatons around youth engagement and community development. We exist to help all young people feel supported and encouraged to creatively express their full selves and do more of what makes them come alive.

5. If you could time travel back to day one of your startup and have 15 minutes with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired, what advice would you give yourself?

I would tell my 18 year old self to do more reflection. I’ve learnt so much from simply writing out my thoughts and realising what I truly feel or mean or intend for a certain direction or decision. Having a support network and space where you feel safe to express yourself is key. 

6. List 3 qualities that you believe are essential to the character of an entrepreneur. 

Passion - you do it because you love it. 

Positivity - need to be able to see the bright side of ‘problems’.

Perseverance - need to be able to get past things when they are tough.

7. How does your job now compare to childhood dreams? Did you expect to be running your own company?

My childhood dreams were all about making films and telling stories. I’m incredibly grateful that I can say my job includes telling, sharing and creating stories.

8. How do you feel about the startup ecosystem in New Zealand? Where do we excel and what do we need to strengthen? 

We need to build a connected and more collaborative social infrastructure and support network to help young people and people transitioning into an entrepreneurial journey. I’m incredibly grateful that businesses and organisations exist like The Biz Dojo to support these people - though we need to look to work together with others to increase visibility and transparency.