Being an entrepreneur has its perks. You make your own fate, you don't need to answer to anyone and not to mention, you take all of the profit. However, it also comes with its ceremonially high levels of responsibilities and stress. Thanks to technology, however, multitasking for entrepreneurs is much easier today than it was a decade ago.
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To get access to a network of young social entrepreneurs scattered across Japan, four high school and university students fearlessly presented their projects during a youth social entrepreneurship contest held by the Japan office of Ashoka, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that financially supports social entrepreneurs worldwide. Among the four presenters who passed the contest's interview screening portion was Yoko Aoki, an 18-year-old high school student who earlier this year launched a cosmetic therapy and photography service for elderly women living in nursing homes. She was eventually chosen as one of the three winners of the Ashoka Japan Youth Venture contest held in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, in early June. Aoki, who started her company Vivid Makeup in April, said her motivation behind joining the contest was to meet other young entrepreneurs -- people she rarely encounters during the course of her daily life. "At school, I seldom find anyone around my age who can share a vision with me, so this program provides a great opportunity for me to become inspired and strengthen my motivation," she explained.
Fast-forward to eight years later, and Sarah has traveled the world, meeting with leaders and distributing upwards of 700,000 Wonderbags across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Her goal is to sell 100 million Wonderbags worldwide. She's on her way to accomplishing that, mostly because she has the help of other women entrepreneurs, who are selling Wonderbags in their local markets. Sarah has turned a life-saving product into an entrepreneurial endeavor that has broad economic implications across the world. It goes back to the thinking that we can absolutely make money while saving lives.