Kids squeeze sweet life lessons out of lemons

Lemonade

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Who has the best lemonade in Austin? We will soon know the answer.

This weekend 15,000 young entrepreneurs will take part in Lemonade Day Austin, which is a program of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas.

There will be thousands of lemonade stands in and around Austin on Sunday during the event that aims to teach kids how to own and operate their own business.

In case you’re wondering, Lemonade Day is free.

In mid-April, young Austin entrepreneurs competed in the Best Tasting Lemonade Contest.

Some of the awards included Most Creative Recipe, Best Sales Team, Most Innovative, and Most Local, which went to the lemonade that best captured Austin’s spirit. Over 25 participants ages 5 through 17 put their skills to the test.

The event’s purpose was to raise awareness for this Sunday’s Lemonade Day Austin.

About Lemonade Day

Started by the Houston Entrepreneurs Foundation in 2007, Lemonade Day has expanded to 31 cities across the country. The kids involved have raised $1.5 million from selling lemonade, and they’ve donated over $500,000 to charities.

Lemonade Day aims to spark an early interest in entrepreneurship and let kids know they’re capable of operating their own businesses. Eugene Sepulveda, CEO of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas, wants young people to understand the importance of ambition.

“We started doing some research and we realized, every great entrepreneur — [John D.] Rockefeller, [Bill] Gates, [Michael] Dell — everyone either had a lemonade stand or a paper route,” Sepulveda said.

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