Charlotte Artman - GRL PWR Production
Charlotte Artman - GRL PWR Production #1
Describe yourself and your project. How did you get the idea?
Our idea is a new modern concept, by young girls - for young girls. We will start with a boost camp that we hope will be a natural part of the summer vacation for high school girls. The main purpose is to strengthen our younger generation and create self confidence. The idea was born when me, and my companion Ebba, spoke about how bad many young girls are feeling and we wanted to make a difference.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
I am a curious 23-year-old girl who studies bachelor in Business Administration at Lund University. My previous experience is mainly within sales and service in retail and bank where my moto always has been to exceed expectations. Entrepreneurship and working with people is my biggest passion and I am so excited to develop GRL PWR Production.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
Our first big event will bee a GRL PWR boost camp for girls between 14 and 15 years old. Our boost camp will be held in the middle of July during five days. Until then we will work at Mindpark in Helsingborg and plan and structure the week and all the activities and speakers. After the week we will evaluate and try to find new GRL PWR ambassadors in other cities.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
During the summer with Leapfrogs my goal is to grow as an entrepreneur and get more knowledge. I want to challenge myself and try new things and meet new people. I also hope that our boost camp will make a change for the girls and that we can develop GRL PWR Production furthermore.
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Tell us what you have done on your project so far during the Leapfrogs time.
So far we have completed our first GRL PWR BOOST CAMP that was held last week in Helsingborg. During five days 31 girls between 14 and 15 years old participated and the week was a true success. Before the camp we worked hard to schedule the week to perfection, we did a lot of marketing through different channels and had many meetings with inspirational people.
Has everything gone according to the plan? Has anything unexpected occurred? Has something been easier/harder than expected?
Most things went like we were hoping and planning for. The hardest part was to communicate with the participants and their parents before the camp and make sure that it wouldn't be any drop outs since the camp was free. It has been easier to ask for help and support than I thought. People have been so friendly to us. We also received a lot of attention through media and we have been on the front page of two magazines and on SVT Sydnytt.
What will you focus on during the remaining time? Will you follow your original plan or has anything changed along the way?
Right now we are in a stage where we are evaluating the camp. We have also started to sketch on new products for the future that we will present for the stake holders. In my first bloggpost I wrote about ambassadors in other cities but as it looks now we will not focus on that.
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How did you experience the three months?
The past three month have been very interesting, learning and giving. We have had an office space at Mindpark in Helsingborg where we have been working fulltime with our project and our passion. Since we could work fulltime with or project we have come very far during the summer. The summer has been very inspiring and fun, we have made an impact on 31 young girls and we are very proud.
What has been hardest/most enjoyable?
The most enjoyable moment this summer was definitely our GRL PWR BOOST CAMP. After months of preparation and work we could finally see results of our hard work. We made a difference for the participating girls and they now feel stronger, less scared and more confident, and that is the best thing about the summer. The hardest thing has been to separate work and spare time since I always have our project in mind.
Did it go as expected? Will you continue working on your project in the future?
We have reached the goals that we sat up for the summer, and the results was even a bit better than we expected. Right now we are both going for our exchange semester but after that our ambition is to continue with GRL PWR Production in the future and we have plans for further development.
What would you say is the most important lesson learnt while working on your project?
The most important lesson is that structuring and planning is something that you have to make time for. The more structured, the more work and less confusion there will be. I worked with my best friend and something I learned was that it’s impossible to read each others minds and therefore the communication needs to be clear.
Do you have any tips to other ”new” entrepreneurs?
First speak to as many people as possible. Ask them if they think you have a good idea? Are there anyone that wants to pay for your solution?
Meet your target group and ask for advices and listen to their preferences. Always be grateful for the help you receive and always share your own knowledge. Meet inspiring people and help each other.