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Jamaica to Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 17 to 23

Jamaica to Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 17 to 23

Posted by Shanelle Weir on November 07, 2014

Jamaica will join 123 countries across the world in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014 from November 17 to 23.

Several activities have been organised locally to mark the week, which is being hosted for the third consecutive year by Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) under the theme: ‘Local Entrepreneurs, Global Businesses’.

At the launch held on Wednesday, November 5, at Start Up Jamaica’s downtown Kingston offices, State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, gave the Government’s commitment to ensuring that an ecosystem to facilitate entrepreneurship in the country is built and developed.

“We will ensure that we can provide all the support necessary for the many talented young entrepreneurs (who) are out there, who are just (rearing) to develop new ideas and solutions,” he said.

He said it is fitting that GEW is being launched at Start Up Jamaica,  which he noted, “is the latest in a series of initiatives undertaken by the Government to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship,” particularly among the youth.

More than 19 public and private sector entities are partnering with the JAJ to stage GEW.

Among the activities is the annual general meeting for participants at 46 high schools involved in JAJ’s Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) programme. The event is slated for November 18 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, and is expected to be attended by approximately 800 students.

Also to be held is a demonstration day at Start Up Jamaica’s offices located at the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Duke Street branch; a women’s Entrepreneurship Day breakfast launch by HEART Trust/NTA at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston on November 19; and a series of Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) walk-in clinics at the agency’s satellite offices in Manchester, St. Ann, Hanover, St. James, Westmoreland, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus, St. Andrew.

JAJ President, Alphie Mullings-Aiken, said the extensive slate of interactive activities is listed on the GEW website @ jm.gew.co.

“You will see some activities that we started from October (and will run) into November…(with others concluding) in December. All (of this is) with the intention of sharing that entrepreneurial spirit, teaching more about how you can become (an entrepreneur), or how we (can) instill (that) mindset in…individuals,” she stated.

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