Washington DC, February 24th, 2017 - The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), Organization of American States, MASHAV – Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, The Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC), the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) in Jamaica and Competitiveness Unit Suriname, Ministry of Trade in Suriname were pleased to put together Business Labs to train REACH coaches from February 13-17 in Jamaica and February 20-24 in Suriname.
The Business Labs were 5-day workshops that provided their participants with hands-on training and helped them acquire tools that would aid them in the development of innovative ideas and their implementation. From day one, the trainees began working with experts provided by the Mount Carmel International Training Center. Their goal was to build on their initial project ideas with the objective of presenting a consolidated business model on the last day of the workshop.
This workshop was organized by YABT with the support of national and international partners. Experts from The Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) facilitated this training for our entrepreneurs. Mr. David Slyper is a Director, Mentor and Business Entrepreneur, Former Founder and CEO of Business Development Centers (MATI) and Technology Incubators in Israel and Innovator of SME supporting tools in developing economies.
Ms. Sandra Ziv - graduate student Bar Ilan University Program of Science, Technology & Society, researching the History of High Technology in Israel. She has served as a lecturer and team leader in international entrepreneurship workshops at the Technion Institute of Technology and with MASHAV, Mount Carmel Center, in Haifa, Israel. Previously, she served in a range of senior marketing positions in medical device companies, and before that, communication and IT companies.
This workshop is part of the REACH project. REACH is a recently approved regional technical cooperation project aimed at building the commercialization capabilities of competitively selected Caribbean entrepreneurs and firms. The project will provide institutional capacity building, training and mentorship in three main areas: (i) technology commercialization (ii) creative industries intellectual asset management and (iii) product branding value capturing.
Each workshop was aimed at training a core group of individuals, who can later replicate the methodology throughout their respective communities.
About the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT):
The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is an international non-profit organization, founded in 1999, and works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT supports OAS objectives and mandates of the Summit of the Americas, to develop and implement programs and activities that encourage entrepreneurship and leadership among youth in the countries of the Americas - fighting poverty and creating more opportunities for youth.
About the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.