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Crikey Bikey goes to ParliamentDecember 1st, 2016
Sisters who became the youngest entrepreneurs to pitch on Dragons’ Den were invited to showcase their product to politicians and tycoons in Parliament.
Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls pupils, Sky, 13, and Kia, 15, recently travelled to London to exhibit their invention at engineering fair, Big Bang @ Parliament.
Their Crikey Bikey gadget, a harness designed to help parents teach kids to ride a bike safely, was originally invented by Sky as part of a homework project when she was 11.
After Sky won the school’s annual STEM competition, Kia became Crikey Bikey’s financial director. The duo went on to be crowned the UK’s Junior Engineers of the Year at Europe’s largest STEM event for young people, The Big Bang Fair, in 2015.
Bringing Big Bang to Parliament gave politicians, policy-makers and the business community a chance to meet award-winning young scientists and engineers.
Kia said: “Politicians and people from different industries came to talk to us on our stand.
“Paul Jackson, Engineering UK Chief Executive, even talked about Crikey Bikey in his speech to the politicians.
“MP Stephen Metcalfe, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, also made a speech and came over to talk to us. We talked to him about Crikey Bikey and also about career possibilities.”
Orders for Crikey Bikey harnesses have been flying in thick and fast as the girls gradually build up their empire.
Kia added: “We take all of these opportunities to make new connections. Talking to other people really helps us, and we also like helping others who are inventing new things.
“My friend wanted to know about patents – when you help other people you learn things yourself at the same time.”
And Sky said: “It was great to get the product out there in London – it’s such a big place and some really important people know about us now.”
The sisters were interviewed several times by reporters in the city, and now appear on the Institute of Mechanical Engineers website.
Following their Parliamentary debut, Sky and Kia were also thrilled to win in the Most Promising Start Up category at the Monmouthshire Business Awards.