Toppin has the winning formula for the CHSB First Citizens Dare to Dream Competition

The Cave Hill School of Business Inc.-The University of the West Indies (CHSB-UWI) is an established business development institution which, for twenty-five years, has enhanced the development of individuals and organzations through advanced business education and executive developmental programmes. CHSB/UWI has designed various initiatives which have been regarded as valuable to the public and private sector, as well as the emerging entrepreneurs. The First Citizens Group has been an instrumental collaborative partner throughout each of the aforementioned initiatives. The First Citizens sponsored Dare to Dream Business Idea Competition enables the participants, aged 16 – 21 years old, to share some of their most creative ideas, while receiving valuable feedback and mentorship from experts in the field of business, entrepreneurship and innovation. 

On April 14th, 2016 The Cave Hill School of Business Inc.-The University of the West Indies (CHSB-UWI) hosted the second annual First Citizens Dare to Dream Business Idea Competition at the CHSB Conference facility. The five finalist were eager to make their presentations to the panel of judges as they vied for the grand prize of BDS$5000.00. The judges, Ms Sophia Lisk – Programme Coordinator, Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation; Ms Vashti Ince – Senior Manager, First Citizens and Dr Jason Marshall – Clinical Faculty, were thoroughly engaged throughout the entire event, even as they were faced with the difficult task of deciding the final winner of the competition. 

However, Ms Leann Toppin earned the grand prize with her winning business concept Nutri-facts – a school based network where all of the canteens operating at the various secondary schools in Barbados can connect and share on Canteen Network, a web-based network promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing student’s awareness of unhealthy foods. Her presentation was touted as engaging, entertaining and highly enlightening. 

The second place winner of BDS$3000.00, Ms Kiara Knight presented on Sunstroke – a solar powered paint which also produces energy throughout the household, reducing the reliance on artificial sources of energy. Her presentation was information-rich and revealed the dedication and research which she invested into her business concept. 

Ms Jennifer Burrowes’ dramatic presentation captured the audience’s attention as she presented her concept, the Anti-Loss Pill - an advanced technological device designed to aid in locating missing persons or objects. She was successfully won the third place prize of BDS$2000.00. Congratulations are also in order for the other competing finalists, Ms Atora Clarke, Ms Tiana Downes and Sarah Fields.

 

For more information, contact Ms Orian Lynch - Marketing Coordinator:

Call: (246) 424-7731

Email: orian.lynch@cavehill.uwi.edu

Fax: (246) 425-1670