24 make the cut

Twenty-four inspired entrepreneurs have made the cut to be contestants on season three of the popular reality television show Bank on Me.

The Final Bank on Me contestants who are moving on to the television show.
The Final Bank on Me contestants who are moving on to the television show.

This year’s competition, which has as its theme 20/20 Vision, began with 40 candidates. But at the end of a series of intense training and development workshops preparing 33 of those for the next round, the entrepreneurs who will make it to the screen were announced today.

The candidates attended workshops which focused on securing the health of their business, financial literacy and record keeping. They also worked a mini expo at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s annual general meeting and booths at the Multinational Fair, gaining exposure for their businesses.

Alison Saunders, managing director of Blue Waters Productions which is producing the show, reflected on the entrepreneurship experience as she announced the final 24.

(From left) Host of Bank on Me, Belle Holder; Managing Director of Blue Waters Productions  Alison Saunders;  Scotiabank’s Director of Retail Banking, Claire Jordan; and new judge of Bank on Me, Marketing Manager for Scotiabank Caribbean East, Sharon Small.
(From left) Host of Bank on Me, Belle Holder; Managing Director of Blue Waters Productions  Alison Saunders;  Scotiabank’s Director of Retail Banking, Claire Jordan; and new judge of Bank on Me, Marketing Manager for Scotiabank Caribbean East, Sharon Small.

“It’s a challenging journey…but one that I think is critical for our country and this region, and that’s why we want to support you to make that journey and to make it as successful as it can be,” she told the contestants.

Allison Burnham, 39, is one of the two dozen finalists. Her company, Coconut Baby, produces gluten free and vegan foods, drinks, and snacks, such as coconut chips and desserts.

“It feels awesome and I feel very blessed to be chosen to be a part of this journey,” she told Barbados TODAY.

Jessica Reynolds of Artemis Art said making the cut was terrifying but exciting at the same time. Her background in art and animation pushed her to promote positive messages and various themes on a range of items including T-shirts, stickers, phone cases and buttons.

Darone Brathwaite is the “heir” to C&G Star Trading Ltd which has been manufacturing syrups, sauces and condiments for 24 years.

He is aiming for HACCP certification for the business and was relieved to be among the finalists. Brathwaite said he hopes to take the company forward in the areas of revenue and market standing, while gaining further exposure through networking.

The Bank on Me television show will commence on October 3, with six, hour-long episodes in which the contestants pitch their businesses to a panel of judges.

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