Never Too Young to be an Entrepreneur – Meet Tom

Never Too Young to be an Entrepreneur – Meet Tom

Meet Tom. He’s a Grade 9 student in Calgary, Alberta that just might change the world. Last fall, he was part of the team that won StartUp Weekend EDU Calgary with an innovative application for myoelectric sensors. Where will he go next? An international exchange to France is in the works for this summer, he’s working on designing a new and smarter wheelchair, and a long-term goal is to find a cure for blindness. And he hasn’t even hit high school yet. Learn more about Tom’s story below… Q: Why did you choose to become a part of StartUp Weekend EDU? A: I heard about StartUp Weekend from a family friend, and I love to try new things. I thought it sounded cool. I’m always trying to make the world better and I thought this would be the quickest way to get people to hear about how I would like to change the world. I just decided that I would dive right in. Q: What was a highlight of your StartUp Weekend experience? A: At the beginning of StartUp Weekend, when people were coming up to me and wanted to be part of my team and people liked my idea – that really changed my way of thinking. I started thinking, “I could actually do this.” The other big part of StartUp Weekend for me was at the end, when my idea won – that wasn’t the important part though, the part that was important was with my team. There were a lot of people around me that wanted me to continue the idea, refine it, and go to...