September 9th: Arriving at my destination to speak at a Venture Capital conference sponsored by a local government agency. September 10th and 12th: Attending the inauguration of the country’s Start-Up program and meeting the women behind that initiative and Startup Weekend. Listening to the manager of a prestigious private sector incubator. September 11th and 12th: Meeting … [Read more...] about A country is hit by the entrepreneurial bug and start-up culture
Recently, I spent a few hours in a conference room with 60 young tech entrepreneurs in downtown Kingston. Their excitement was palpable. This was the final day of the Start-Up Jamaica boot camp, led by coaches from Oasis500, a Jordanian company that provides entrepreneurship training, business incubation, mentoring, and seed funding to help turn new tech ideas into … [Read more...] about Get Up, Start Up: Local and global partners help launch young entrepreneurs in Jamaica
Local banks are a core component of the market architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean with the potential to catalyze innovation and growth. As I return from the Americas Competitiveness Forum in Trinidad & Tobago, my third visit to the country this year, I am reminded how dynamic and innovative its business environment is and how multilaterals can better … [Read more...] about Three ways multilaterals support local banks and drive innovation in the Caribbean
by Guest blogger, Jennifer Doherty-Bigara Boyan is a 19 year old Dutch, who just invented a viable solution to clean up the ocean from millions of tons of plastic. Thankfully, he is not the only one of the committed young minds at work. As we look for solutions to tackle climate change, we tend to blame two major groups: governments for their inaction; and the private … [Read more...] about Meet the new generation of youth innovators
The Bahamas is a paradise, we offer the marvelous three S's: sand, sea and sunshine. 700 beautiful, luxurious islands of your choice and if you are lucky and a good planner, affordability. Tourists' regular comments to locals are “you are so lucky to live here”, “what a dream” “you are blessed” and you know what? We are lucky to live in paradise, sipping pina coladas, watching … [Read more...] about Arbitration or frustration!!