Taj Pabari: Teenage Tech Entrepreneur
“I knew I wanted to change the world… so I did what any kid would do, and I googled “how to change the world” what I found was the word entrepreneur.”
This was 3 years ago, and to say that Taj Pabari is on the right path to change the world could be an understatement. His company, Fiftysix Creations is a tech company described as the LEGO for the 21st century. His build-it-yourself tablet kits allow children to make their own device from individual parts with instructions on how to program it using code.
“It is really fulfilling for me to see kids as young as eight turn from passive consumers of technology, to active users and creators.” In sessions that Fiftysix Creations facilitate, children learn about entrepreneurship, goal setting, problem solving, technology and digital literacy. “For the next generation, digital literacy is not just about using digital technology, it is about understanding computer science, programming and development.”
With the profits from online sales, school programs and corporate or Government funded workshops, Fiftysix Creations gives back by running opportunity workshops in developing countries and rural and remote Australia. In the past year, his team has worked with communities in North Queensland such as Yarrabah and Aurukun.
Taj’s business success and social impact has been rewarded with awards such as The Young Australian of the Year (QLD), and one of Westpac’s top 20 businesses of tomorrow. When you meet him you’d never know. He is as humble as he is smart, an attribute that is obviously working for him.
Taj believes that young people are at an advantage when it comes to entrepreneurship “young people don’t see the roadblocks. They see opportunities rather than barriers.”
While Taj was in Cairns recently, on a trip supported by the Young Entrepreneurs Project and the Entrepreneurship Facilitators initiative from the Australian Government, he and his team inspired the next generation of entrepreneurs in sessions for school students, startup communities, teachers and parents. Enterpreneurship Facilitator, Tara Diversi was impressed by the message that Taj and his team shared.
“The Fiftysix Creations team shared their story, knowledge and experiences in sessions. However, I was most impressed by how generous they were with their time and how well they demonstrated that if you really wanted to change the world, age didn’t need to be
Taj is passionate about parents, teachers and mentors encouraging entrepreneurship in young people. A sentiment shared by the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby. “In my generation, parents dreamed that their kids would represent Australia at the Olympics. Now, there is no reason why parents shouldn’t be encouraging their children into entrepreneurship and self-employment. One day, their child could play business for Australia.”
For young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Taj provides some sage advice “you have the power to change the world, and even if school isn’t for you, the world is changing”.
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