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Maker Kids Club was founded for kidpreneurs, by a kidpreneur

… because one of our Money School members told her four children she wasn’t going to give them money for nothing, so her eldest, Ashleya, launched Beauty from Ash’s Products.

Ashleya told her book club about her new business, and ten more businesses sprung up.

We mentioned it to some family friends, and other half a dozen kidpreneur businesses were launched.

Turns out being a kidpreneur is contagious!

Then the kids needed some help. They didn’t know how to do financial forecasts. They didn’t have easy access to market stalls. They weren’t sure if they needed to pay GST, or to organise insurance. So Lacey started helping them, and Maker Kids Club was born on 30 April, 2017.

Since then, we’ve developed a comprehensive curriculum for Year 5 and 6 classrooms, launched a private membership and provided over 50 market opportunities for our kidpreneurs.

We’ve also discovered running a micro-business is a financial capability ‘silver bullet’ for kids.

Meet our founder: Lacey Filipich

Lacey is a chemical engineer, financial educator, and non-executive director who started her entrepreneurial journey with a hair wrap business at 10 years old. She hired and trained a team of her school friends and so began a lifelong love affair with running businesses. Today, Lacey is the co-founder and director of two successful startups; Money School and Maker Kids Club.

Between hair wraps and startups, Lacey graduated as valedictorian from the University of Queensland with an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering. She moved 4,000km to the ‘wild west’ to begin her career in mining, rising quickly through the ranks. Soon thereafter, she made the switch to Management Consulting and redesigned her life to work half the year while spending the other half in mini-retirements. It was during one of these mini-retirements the concept of Money School took shape.

Lacey’s mother, an accountant, taught her about money growing up. Lacey began investing in property at 19. She continued to invest in property and shares throughout her career, and now enjoys a passive income that allows her to work as and when she wants – and helping children learn the skills they’ll need to become financially independent is top of her priority list.