When it comes to giving gifts to other people, sometimes it is hard to try and come up with a gift that is personal and meaningful. Kailyn Seo, a Grade 12 student from Mississauga wanted to give her friend a special gift – a card, but more personalized and unique.
Starting off as a fun project, Kailyn created her own pop up cards which quickly became popular among her friends and family. Soon, it became a potential idea for her Mississauga-based business, now called Bookshopop. Bookshopop allows customers to customize their gifts with personalized interactive pop up cards and books.
“Our mission statement is to bring friends and family closer with thoughtful and unique gifts.”
Kailyn had never considered a career in entrepreneurship until she became one of the top six winners of the 2016 Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition while she was in Grade 11. As a result, she gained entrance into the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre’s (MBEC) 2016 Summer Company program. With her participation in the program’s training, and advice from the MBEC staff and program mentors, her business idea of Bookshopop flourished.
As a young entrepreneur, Kailyn shares the obstacles she has faced while creating her business saying that, “the biggest obstacle has and still is being a young person. I am not considered an adult by law and that sometimes leads to difficulties when conducting official business with clients.” However Kailyn uses the business knowledge she gained from MBEC and the successes of her business to prove to prospective clients that she is worth doing business with.
In launching her business, Kailyn attributes her success to networking, time management, the advice and support she received from the MBEC staff and program mentors in MBEC’s Summer Company program.
Bookshopop continues to be successful in the community. Currently, Kailyn is promoting youth entrepreneurship at schools, interviews and live chats by talking about her experiences with the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition and MBEC’s Summer Company. Kailyn plans on continuing being an entrepreneur and building her experience.
She gives advice to her fellow young entrepreneurs saying, “don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, you can never succeed if you don’t try.”
Planning to start or grow your business? MBEC can help!
MBEC is your central source for business information, resources and guidance. For information and guidance from business professionals, visit MBEC on the fourth floor of the Mississauga Central Library or online at mississauga.ca/mbec. You can also reach a member of the MBEC team at 905-615-4460 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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