A head for business and a heart for charity-at the tender age of 7!
This morning, on April 30, Calgary’s Don Bosco Elementary school and Breakfast Club of Canada had good reason to celebrate Mya Prehn’s accomplishment. 7 year old child-nutrition advocate and entrepreneur, Stettler Alberta’s Mya Prehn, presented a $5,000 cheque to Breakfast Club of Canada.
In 2014, the then 6 year old Mya bravely appeared on the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den. She was there to pitch a point system that uses stickers and prizes to encourage healthy eating among parents and schoolchildren. Mya cleverly named this system “Lunch Apeel.” (lunchapeel.com).
The Dragons were asked for an investment of $2,000 in exchange for a 50% stake in Mya’s company. They were so impressed with her idea (did we mention she was only SIX YEARS OLD?) that each Dragon invested $1,000, for a total of $5,000 to get started. The investors asked that instead of giving up part ownership of Lunch Apeel, Mya would donate 50% of the proceeds to Breakfast Club of Canada.
Perhaps the most recognizable fixture on Dragon’s Den is Calgary businesswoman Arlene Dickinson. Arlene is an avid supporter of, and spokesperson for, Breakfast Club of Canada. She was the first Dragon to back Mya’s cause and was present this morning with Mya to show her support.
To view the episode of Dragons’ Den with Mya, please click here: