MyPocketSkill is a digital technology and advisory company working in the fintech sector, founded in 2017. Our overall vision as is to create a financially empowered GenZ.
MyPocketSkill, a tech startup founded by two UK parents, connects teens with pocket money earning tasks and helps them to save towards their particular goal.
There are many tasks that can be done by teens - right now we particularly focus on two programmes ‘Teen Tutors’ and ’Teens Digital’. Teen Tutors supporting work-from-home parents in the Lockdown by connecting their children with capable students for educational and engaging activities. The UK has over 4.1 million working parents/ carers working-from-home during the lockdown. Also, for there are around 1.5 million students who have had studies and exams disrupted.
At the very start of the lockdown we started with Zoom focus groups with parents and students to talk about the current problems they faced. We then developed a pilot version of the tool which we took to the recent EUvsVirus Hackathon (where this week we were selected as a finalist from 2,150 projects from people of 141 different nationalities).
Our solution generates a double impact, both to work-from-home parents, whose working lives are made more productive, but also for students, who are be able to gain experience and earn pocket money from the experience. For young people it provides an opportunity to gain skills, forge useful connections and become more employable. Similarly, Teens Digital enables businesses to work with teens on task by task basis, providing them with a flexible and capable resource while helping young people to gain experience and skills during these disruptive times.
Matthew and Zara, our founders, are always happy to give interviews and talk about the impact and benefits of MyPocketSkill.
We also have a great team of Student Ambassadors, who would be happy to talk about their experiences and how this technology has helped them.
Raise The Bar Podcast 2021
MyPocketSkill co-founder Zara Ransley joined Frankie Cotton on the Raise The Bar podcast to discuss the importance of learning-by-doing when it comes to financial education, and how MyPocketSkill is helping bridge the gap between work experience and earning money for young people. You can check it out here.
Children and Young People Now Blog 2021
MyPocketSkill co-founder Zara Ransley shares some top tips to support young people earning about money for the Children and Young People Now publication. Have a read here.
Bath and Wiltshire Parent Magazine 2020
In November 2020, we were featured in the Bath and Wiltshire Parent magazine discussing the importance of learning about money, and skills sharing.
BBC Three Counties Radio Interview 2020
Listen to our co-founder Matthew Harker discuss the importance of part-time jobs for young people on BBC Three Counties here.
Silicon south coast: the UK’s growing coastal tech hubs
We featured in an article about the rising number of tech companies in the South East. You can read it here.
UCL Educate wrote a piece on Zara Ransley, co-founder and COO of MyPocketSkill. Take a look here.
Challenge to ‘find a teenager for a task’
The Argus wrote about MyPocketSkill in the early days here.
Linking up teens with tasks to boost entrepreneurial skills
Read co-founder Matthew Harker's insights in the Brighton and Hove Independent on the unrecognised talent of young people.
From paper rounds to global empires: empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs
In this guest Octopus blog, co-founder Zara offers her unique perspective on whether entrepreneurs are born or bred.