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Special focus on young entrepreneurs

Dr. Marcia Brandon

Organisers of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week being observed in Barbados, are hoping to exceed last year’s participation level of 7,800.

Regional Director of the Barbados Youth Business Trust, Dr. Marcia Brandon told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, she was also looking forward to involving more than the 71 partners and 22 activities in 2011.

Dr. Brandon said the “week’, which runs from November 12 to 17, was designed to promote and showcase the work of young entrepreneurs in the region. She said the BYBT was working with a slate of partners such as pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions including the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, the Barbados Community College and the University of the West Indies, to highlight the innovative talents and entrepreneurial skills of young people in Barbados.

The executive noted too, that a number of businesses, funding agencies and business organisations were expected to get involved in the various discussions and exhibitions.

On Monday, an event dubbed From Nursery to Boardroom will be held at various schools, designed to develop on previous years’ interface with the schools to the next level.

It is envisaged that the BYBT and corporate Barbados would again this year, partner to assist the participating

schools to develop an entrepreneurial culture. On that same day, pointed out, Dr. Brandon, there will be a Young Entrepreneurship Fair on bringing ideas to life. She said this forum, which will be held at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, would focus on aspiring entrepreneurs who would learn how to literally take an idea and bring it to life.

Other events include a Teachers’ Forum where the emphasis would be on imparting and sharing the fundamentals of entrepreneurship with selected teachers from the school system; a session on How to Generate Sales, presentations to secondary schools, a Business Club Meeting on Renewable Energy a National Business Summit, and an Entrepreneurs’ Marketplace

Thanks to the British High Commission, Baroness Benjamin was also scheduled to visit the marketplace as well as the Good Shepherd Primary School Infant Department. There will also be a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

The week ends on November 17 with two events – Craftsmen of Our Fate – Innovation and Imagination, which will be held during the day and a Who’s Who Entrepreneurship Reception, which provides an opportunity for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to network in an atmosphere of elegance. (EJ)

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