The third annual First Citizens Dare to Dream Business Idea Competition climaxed on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management (SCHSBM). The competition, launched on January 3, 2017, was conceptualized to encourage young persons between the ages of 16 – 21 years to invigorate a dream or idea through expansion and finally, a presentation. Five finalists showed courage and zest during the final presentation of their innovative business concepts before a panel of judges which consisted of Mr. Corey McClean – Entrepreneur and Creative Director, Sips Smoothie Bar; Mrs. Annie Bertrand – Social Entrepreneur; Mr. Rommel King – Commercial and Consumer Lending, First Citizens Barbados.
By the end of the two-hour session, Victor Clarke was declared the winner of the competition. He claimed the grand prize of BDS$5000. Teyonna Delice-Mayers was the first runner and secured her prize of BDS$3000, while Chad Devonish won BDS$2000 as he earned third place. Shakir Blackett and Glen Reece were the other contestants of the competition.
Mr. Egbert Irving, Programme Manager SCHSMB, expressed his pleasure at the support provided by First Citizens in making the event possible. Ms. Bertrand also stated that she was impressed by the quality of each presentation and the viability of the ideas presented.
The Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management has been an integral part of the development of the Caribbean business environment, leading the way in strategic development of human and intellectual capital. Over the course of twenty-five years, CHSB has produced more than 3500 academic graduates and developed in excess of 250 professional development programmes. Through its mandate, SCHSBM is committed to entrepreneurial growth and the advancement of innovative enterprises. As the national representative of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project, SCHSBM updates governing bodies and industry experts on the trends and advances in entrepreneurship throughout Barbados, the Caribbean and Latin American territories.
The First Citizens Group is a leading financial services group in Trinidad and Tobago which is expanding throughout the region and Latin America. As a socially responsible entity, the Group has continually exhibited a vested interest in activities which promote youth development and innovation. The First Citizens Group is a major sponsor of the GEM project, Barbados and invests in activities which stem from the international research.
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