CIBC FirstCaribbean assists start-up entrepreneurs

A number of start-up companies and young people with great business ideas will soon get an additional avenue to bring their plans to fruition.

Ten Habitat, a non-profit organization which focuses on developing investor-ready start-up Caribbean entrepreneurs, and regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean have partnered in a venture to support local and regional start-ups.

Gary Brown, chief executive officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean and chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s charitable foundation, and founder of Ten Habitat Selwyn Cambridge recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the bank supporting the work of Ten Habitat with a yearly grant of US$15,000 for the next three years.

Gary Brown, CEO of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Barbados and Selwyn Cambridge, founder of Ten Habitat, sign the agreement signifying the partnership between the two organizations.2

“At CIBC FirstCaribbean, we recognize the need for young entrepreneurs to get that grounding in starting their businesses, and so we support the work of Ten Habitat and organizations like it that will hold the hands of young start-ups to guide them on the way to successful businesses,” Brown said following the signing at the bank’s Warrens, St Michael offices.

Ten Habitat will work with young entrepreneurs by exposing them to hands-on support to assist them in building their businesses. The organization boasts a global network of experts, mentors and coaches who help the start-ups move their ideas from concept to reality and then further facilitate them by mobilizing the Caribbean diaspora to invest in those businesses.

CIBC FirstCaribbean is one of the first corporate entities to support Ten Habitat in its quest to assist the young entrepreneurs as part of a programme which will be rolled out in Barbados first and then to the rest of the Caribbean.

Ten Habitat supplies mentorship, guidance, funding and a co-working space for the businesses, and stages a number of key events annually aimed at strengthening their various skills.

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