Arena Academy’s young entrepreneur has tea with the Lord Mayor
A Year 7 student from Arena Academy recently had tea with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Yvonne Mosquito, in recognition of his recent entrepreneurial work.
Ausar-re co-runs UK Gamebox, a gaming and live events business that brings together young people aged 8-16 years old in a safe space to compete in gaming competitions and socialise with each other. UK Gamebox has ran two events in Birmingham, with the most recent taking place during the February half-term, which sold out prior to the event, with 24 young people attending.
Ausar-re attends Ultra Education’s Kids Entrepreneurship Birmingham Workshops at Aston University Engineering Academy. Through these workshops, 11-year old Ausar-re has developed an understanding of business and entrepreneurship whilst building his confidence, communication skills, resilience, interpersonal skills, self-esteem, financial literacy, leadership, teamwork, and self-belief.
Following his recent business success, he was invited for an exclusive evening with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham for tea alongside his fellow Ultra Kid entrepreneurs. CORE Education Trust spoke to Ausar-re to find out what it was like to meet the Lord Mayor, what inspired UK Gamebox and the lessons he’s learnt from running a business:
What was it like meeting the Lord Mayor?
It was an honour to meet the Lord Mayor. She was at my first business launch and I was lucky enough to have her come back and ask for a cup of tea with me and my business partner. She was really kind and friendly.
What inspired you to start UK Gamebox?
My dad took me to Ultra Education. They teach you how to create a business and run it. After trying a couple of ideas that didn’t work, I met my business partner who also likes gaming, so we decided to work together. We felt it was important for young people like us to have fun online while staying safe. We get to meet new people, have fun and most importantly do it safely.
What have you learnt from running a business?
It’s harder than I thought! You don’t have to be an adult to make a business.
I have learnt how to grow a business, picking yourself up when it doesn’t go right and the satisfaction of success! I calculated the profits, minus the tax and costs all by myself.
We’re very proud of Ausar-re’s fantastic, inspiring and passionate entrepreneurship.