This project was to use the principals of entrepreneur meet the needs of our local and global community. Our group was following the driving question, the Marco Polo Snack Bar is aware of not serving meat and no unhealthy ingredients like oil. What made us aware and engaged into the project is that there has been a hypothesis that many scientists made, our planet will run out of resources in around 85 years if we continually keep our consistent habits of wasting.
Throughout the project we had some problems, every process will have a problem point, our problem was that our group was slowly processing during planning, so the first day our group wasn’t able to sell one of our products, so then our group did terrible the first day of selling.
But then we have our successes, we were able to sell the missing product we weren’t able to sell in the first day, and the people who bought our products last bake sale came again, so it was slowly getting popular every few minutes. The most products we sold was our oreo milkshake. So then here come another problem, the third bake sale we weren’t able to sell much oreo milkshake because we didn’t have enough milkshake, and then there wasn’t much people coming to our snack bar.
Our group came to a conclusion that we definitely made a profit out of 2 of the sales. The first sale did not go too well, because our group thought that people weren’t reminded to bring their money and didn’t have anything to buy our product. But the rest was a success because that the other group that was selling bubble tea was gone, that was our observation.
Social entrepreneurship is when someone uses entrepreneurship to meet social needs. Our business was to make pet collars for pet’s fashion. Some principles of entrepreneurship that we used were:
Market research to find out how many people who have pets to see if our business was a good idea.
We had more supply than demand
We pitched to the investor and got their support and ideas.
We didn’t change pricepoint, we made cookies that were sold and we made some extra money.
I had the idea to make food because it was lunch, and a lot of people want cheaper lunches. For the projects, the SDG is “Good Health and Wellbeing” because we donated the money to Smile week which helps little babies with Cleft Pallet. This will impact our community by making pets look better and no hunger from cookies. The conclusion is that we will try and feed people with cookies and help with the fashion of pets.
I had the idea to make food and not dog collars, but my teammates didn’t listen, they thought dog collars we’re good and that’s the reason why our company was created, I respect that, but when we really went out there, we didn’t sell enough, so one of our group members decided to listen to me, so she made cookies, then we made some extra money.
During the beginning of the entrepreneur project, my group and I had a passion for pets and helping our community here in Shunyi. We wanted to create a product that could help animals, such as dogs and cats by making pet collars. We had a vision to innovate an original, stylish pet collar that had bonus safety features that could potentially help pets and pet owners in a case where a pet is missing. First, researching and having the knowledge about other pet companies was important for us to collect data, as well as surveying people in our targeted market. As a group, we created useful questions that would help make group decisions such as, “Do you own a pet?”, “What’s your favorite color?”, “Is your pet male or female?” and so on. After collecting this information we were able to make better choices on what to order for our collars. Few weeks after, FA had the opportunity to go to Shine City and meet with professional business mentors to help guide us so we could succeed to our maximum potential. Unfortunately for us, most of the things our mentor told us didn’t necessarily happen in the final result, for example the amount of profit we would earn. On the other hand though, our mentor really made us look at the business/investing side of the entrepreneur life. After meeting with our mentor we had a more clear path on what our next step should be, which was creating a prototype and our final selling product. I had ordered all the materials and supplies for the making and then after I actually put the final products together. While also being the financial tracker, making sure all of the costs were kept on a paper or excel sheet was important; this is how we would know and keep track of profits, unit prices and market prices. While selling day was slowly approaching, we had to chose a charity we were all interested in donating our profits to. We had first found a really nice animal shelter and rescue charity in Beijing, we had contacted and emailed them but never received a reply back. Since we had to move forward, we just decided to donate all profits to smile week, which is raising money to help babies get a life changing clef palate surgery. During the week of selling, our outcome was not what we had expected. The supply and demand for our collars were awfully low with barely any interest. The price wasn’t the factor which was drawing customers away, rather just the time and place for our collars. We managed to make only ¥305 and a profit of negative ¥301.51. While learning a lot from this project, if I could do it again there would definitely be quite a few things I would do differently. But like most things in life, this was a good learning experience for me.
Social entrepreneur make a service or product that help solve a problem, or we can donate some of our income to charity. TK and I went on google trends and found out chicken is one of the most popular food, then we made a survey and most of them also said that they like chickens, and so we decided to sell chickens. In the survey, people think that Delimarché is over priced, so we sold the chicken nuggets at a price that is lower than Delimarché. During the sale, we’ve sold all the chicken nuggets we made. We will donated all of our profit to smile week hoping to help the kids with clef pallets, by doing this we tried to reduce inequalities, because when the kids have clef pallet, other people will think they are bad looking. After, they got they’re pallets removed, they will have a higher chance of getting adopted making them have better education and environment.
Project Enable was about instead of curing a disability, we would try to help the person with the disease. We learned about genetics and the transferring of dominant and non-dominant traits as well as expanding our knowledge about.
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In our most recent project, Trade Up, we learned several different aspects ranging from requirements for a sustainable society, all the way to how different trade systems work to provide each community with friendship or hatred towards each other. Digging deeper into each subject, we finished several investigations, analysis, and different evaluations to deepen our understanding. We created different sights on how our society and community would work and look like. However, we would have minor setbacks sometimes. For example, we find out that some of our alliances were very far away to trade with it made it very hard for our group to analyze the situation trying to waste the least amount of resources we own. We were put into different groups, and we were given a spot for our society, this gave us the opportunity to find out more about how we can make our community thrive. We then set up a location in our location our group all agreed on and developed the village. Lastly, we learned about different good and bad factors that can change plans for immigration and how to development of societies.
During Project Trade Up, our driving questions were “How do societies meet their needs?” And “How do individuals meet their needs?” My understanding after this project is that societies meet their needs by sacrificing what is required to help the citizens so that the citizens can build up the community into a happier, better, and more secure place to live. However, to meet individuals need is different, people may rely on others just to get what they want and not what the whole needs. That may not be all bad because an individual might need more of something than another in different situations. In several circumstances throughout this project, I was able to see how one society would obtain their needs. During the trade conference, our group formed alliances with other communities relying on the resources we got from this. Thus, we are sacrificing our resources to trade with them getting resources that we need. I understand the two driving questions because of what we learned throughout the project, and I was able to find many different connections during project Trade up.
Today marks the end of our second project, Project Consume. During this project, the majority of the time was spent researching about a specific consumer product, specifically the life cycle. Most companies weren’t transparent and as a result making the research process more difficult. This project was about consumerism, sustainability, and perspective. We started this project by learning about the three lenses of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity. In addition, we learned about the product life cycle starting from extraction all the way to disposal. We also learned to evaluate the credibility of sources. In science, we learned about the different elements on the periodic table and the molecules that make up hydrocarbons. We also looked at alternative packagings and lastly, the guiding question “Is Sustainable Choices important?” I think sustainable choices are important for a very simple and straightforward reason: we cannot maintain our quality of life as human beings, the ability for life on Earth, or Earth’s ecosystems unless we comprise it.
During Project Trade Up, we learned about different aspects of society. From creating the society to building a sustainable economy, we completed various investigations, analysis and evaluation to gain knowledge and also develop a vision for our society. At the start of the project, we split into groups of four researching about geographic factors and historical precedent of our settlement location. Through this, we proposed a site for settlement of our community and determined the values of our community. Following, we learned about economic basics and decisions such as resources and trades needed to be made to allow for our society to strive. Lastly, we talked about the push and pull factors that impact the choice for immigration and the development of societies.
Societies meet their needs by understanding the values of the community, building a sustainable economy, and providing individuals with opportunities in the society. Besides, societies will trade with other countries to obtain resources they don’t have, which could help them develop over time. Trade conferences are happening around the world allowing for different countries to meet together and build economic relationships that are either beneficial or harmful. Benefits of economic relationship include having cheaper deals and easier negotiation, also, during war emergencies countries could bring support. Whereas toxic relationships involve creating sanctions and embargo against countries to hinder their development and possibly the survival of individuals in the society. Not every country is as developed as each other, but through relationships, they can improve and perhaps level with higher countries. Individuals can meet their needs by choosing a society that allows them to live sustainably and have a voice. Additionally, individuals can help the society strive by providing their expertise and contributing their skills to the society. Ultimately, both the society and individuals can meet their needs by making reasonable decisions and living sustainably.
In Ignite week I made a banner that represents me to answer the design challenge. But I had some bumps on the road when I was making it such as when I was cutting out my horse I accidentally cut the hoof off and I had to restart. But it was not all bad, some of my success was my embroidery things, such as my moons and my symbols. Some of the skills in Ignite week I learned is how to sew and make a banner, this will be helpful in the future because if I need to sew I will already know how to do it. I grew in innovation because I feel like I know have the power to innovate and to do things.
In this project I created a banner. Throughout all of this week I made a banner that was supposed to express me. For example the falcon in the middle was meant to show what my parents named me after and FINGO means to imagine or innovate in Latin, and this is what I want to do with my life. Through the week I learned to sew in two different ways, and also more about my classmates and I. A struggle that I had is that it was hard to have the sewing machine sew in a straight line.