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Lucy Turnbull appointed DICE Kids patron

26 November 2015

Lucy Turnbull AO has been appointed patron of an organisation that aims to foster entrepreneurialism among 180,000 Australian children with a National Lemonade Day.

Each of the primary schoolers will get a first taste of starting and operating their own business – a lemonade stand.

The idea and its not-for-profit parent – DICE Kids – were proposed at Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy’s Policy Hack in Sydney on October 17.

Ms Turnbull praised the initiative and threw her support behind DICE (Digital, Innovative, Creative and Entrepreneurial) Kids as its inaugural patron.

“We need to nurture in our very young people the belief that everyone and anyone can be innovators … empowering them to believe that with skill, passion and hard work, every Australian has a real chance to put their great ideas into action,” Ms Turnbull said.

Mr Roy said he hoped National Lemonade Day would be the first of many DICE Kids initiatives to unlock the creative potential of young Australians.

“The next generations of Australians face a world of opportunity,” Mr Roy said.

“It’s important that we equip them with the skill-sets to seize their chances, to move into the jobs that in many cases don’t yet exist.”

DICE Kids will be headed by Melbourne-based Erin Watson-Lynn, a PhD candidate and delegate to this year’s G20 Youth Summit.

Ms Watson-Lynn led the team which came up with a Policy Hack pitch based on the highly-successful Lemonade Day USA.

She said a pilot program on a day to be determined next year would target 180,000 primary school participants.

“It will be a nationally-coordinated day delivered though community organisations and schools,” Ms Watson-Lynn said.

“It’s about inspiring young people and that cultural shift towards entrepreneurship – giving them the belief that they’re able to do it.

“It’s about planting the seed of innovation early.”

She said Ms Turnbull had made an enormous contribution to “business, government and civil society”.

“We felt Lucy symbolised the potential of young Australians, especially young girls,” Ms Watson-Lynn said.

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall said he also supported DICE Kids.

“The future prosperity of our country rests on the innovation potential of our children,” Dr Marshall said.

“And we can’t leave the development of an innovation culture to chance.”

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