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Young trainees in St. Lucia partake in follow up activities of the Youth-IN Entrepreneurship's Caribbean Innovation Challenge

As part of the outreach efforts of the Youth-IN Entrepreneurship program in the Caribbean, the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the UNDP Subregional Office for Barbados and the OECS, organized a Mini Business Lab for 22 young trainees of the James Belgrave Micro Enterprise Development Fund Inc. (BELfund) in St. Lucia on June 26th, 2013.

YABT Representative, Akarda Ventour highlighted the programs that are being developed in the Caribbean through the partnership between UNDP Barbados and the OECS and YABT and shared with the audience the results of the First Edition of Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC 2013) -a regional competition and start up accelerator for young entrepreneurs – upcoming training programs in business development and the plans for the next edition of the Competition. The CIC 2013 saw registrations from 493 teams from 17 CARICOM Member States and trained over 1,300 young entrepreneurs in the region through Mini Labs, Business Labs and BOOT Camp Online Training Programs.

The BELfund trainees expressed a strong interest in participating in upcoming Entrepreneurship Business Lab Workshops focused on Agribusiness Enterprises, to be held in St. Lucia later this year. The Fund was established by the Government of St. Lucia, primarily to promote sustainable development through self-help micro enterprise projects for individuals, families and groups among the less privileged sectors, through the provision of low cost loans, enterprise training, technical assistance and other support services. BELfund was invited to join the CIC Support System, a regional network of organizations and individuals that provide tools and support services to young entrepreneurs and the CIC.

Youth-IN Entrepreneurship will continue to offer a number of training opportunities, please find below the listing of the upcoming Mini Labs and Business Labs in the Caribbean:

Country Activity & Date Organizers Contact
Grenada Mini Lab
July 16, 2013
YABT and the Business Development Centre Akarda Ventour
akarda.ventour@yabt.net
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Mini Lab
July 18, 2013
YABT, the Kingstown Cooperative Credit Union (KCCU) and the Centre for Enterprise Development

Akarda Ventour
akarda.ventour@yabt.net

Keisha Philips
kphillips@cedsvg.com

Trinidad and Tobago Business Lab
August 19 – 23, 2013
YABT, Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and Ministry of Food Production of Trinidad and Tobago

Akarda Ventour
akarda.ventour@yabt.net

Kimberly Gay
kimberlygayfoodproduction@gmail.com

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Business Lab
August 26 – 30, 2013
YABT and the Centre for Enterprise Development

Akarda Ventour
akarda.ventour@yabt.net

Keisha Philips
kphillips@cedsvg.com

These Business Labs are directly linked with supporting youth entrepreneurship programs in the Caribbean, including the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC), an international entrepreneur competition and business start-up accelerator for young people in the CARICOM Member states. The CIC is a component of the UNDP Barbados and the OECS Project: "Youth Innovation (Youth-IN): A Caribbean Network for Youth Development"


 

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