On Friday, March 21, 2014 The Cave Hill School of Business/UWI through the USAID Jobs Opportunity for Business Scale-Up (JOBS) Project will launch its Lean LaunchPad Programme by hosting a Mixer and Information Session for the fourteen applicant teams who have been selected to pitch their business ideas to the panel of facilitators and judges for a chance to be participate in the pilot 10-week programme.
The Mixer, which is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, will provide the applicants with an opportunity to meet and network with each other, as well as interact with the facilitation team who will be conducting the programme. In addition to the fourteen teams and facilitators, the JOBS Project Barbados Team and Dr. Bruce Jaffe, Head of the JOBS Project and Christine Davis, Faculty of Indiana University will also be in attendance.
From 6:30 pm the teams will attend the Information Session, led by Brian Toppin - Programme Manager Strategic Business Service, CHSB - where the Lean LaunchPad Methodology and structure of the programme will be outlined for the participants.
After the Information Session, the closed-door Elevator Pitch Session will commence allowing each team the opportunity to describe their business idea to a panel. Teams that best fit the required criteria will be shortlisted and invited to make a second presentation. Five teams will ultimately be chosen to participate in this free pilot programme.
The Lean LaunchPad Methodology was co-designed by Steve Blank, author of “The Startup Owners’ Manual” and an entrepreneurship faculty member at UC Berkeley, Stanford and Colombia University. The programme seeks to immerse and engage participant teams, by having them test their business models in the real world.
The JOBS Project was launched in 2011 as a partnership between The Cave Hill School of Business-UWI and the Kelley School of Business/Indiana University, Bloomington. The JOBS project facilitates the expansion and development of entrepreneurship and enterprise at the CHSB-UWI, which will in turn provide support for such developments in Barbados and the OECS. It involves training, curriculum development, case study writing, incubator enhancement, faculty development and research. JOBS is executed through CHSB-UWI’s Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship which was launched in 2006 with a primary focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, creating a vibrant entrepreneurship culture in Barbados and the OECS and promoting a more innovative type of entrepreneur by changing the thinking and mindset of the emerging generation of entrepreneurs through its workshops, programmes and research initiatives.