HONOLULU (KORN) – In a world where entrepreneurship is often associated with experience and age, 16-year-old Cohen Cadinha not only runs a successful business, but also helps fellow young and ambitious entrepreneurs. By reaching out to people, we are challenging these norms.
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Cadinha is the brains behind Big Boy Sweets, a successful online confectionery venture he started when he was just 13 years old, and is now embarking on a new mission.
The teenager founded Keiki Rise, a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting and guiding young minds in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
“I think it's important to understand that there are entrepreneurs out there. Starting a business as an adult is hard enough, but it's even harder as a child. It's really inspiring. These children have achieved great things at such a young age, so I want to support them,” Cadinha said.
Through Keiki Rise, Cadinha brings together prominent local entrepreneurs to mentor and provide valuable resources to young people navigating the complex world of entrepreneurship.
His dedication to fostering entrepreneurship among young people will culminate in the Keiki Rise Showcase event scheduled for Saturday, February 12th.
Held at Kualoa Ranch from 5pm to 9pm, Cadinha promises a night full of inspiration and entertainment.
The event will feature 10 young entrepreneurs and give them a platform to showcase their ventures.
Renowned local band Kapena will provide live music to add to the festive atmosphere, and attendees will also be able to enter raffles and giveaways and enjoy prizes from Zippy's.
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Tickets for the Keiki Rise Showcase cost $25 and can be purchased online. By participating in this event, participants will not only support budding entrepreneurs, but also contribute to fostering a culture of innovation and empowerment among young people.