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Students at The University of the West Indies, Mona

GBDC Entrepreneuship Institute to co-host summit with UWI Mona Guild, JEP

Students at The University of the West Indies, Mona

Come Saturday, November 23, 2019, the GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute (GBDCEI) will partner with Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) and The University of the West Indies, Mona’s Guild of Students to host the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) in Kingston, Jamaica.

According to a release from GBDCEI, “The summit is aimed at fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in young adults, encouraging global citizenship and providing tools that enable young adults to make real global impact from their front doors.”

“YES is open to 30 passionate, enthusiastic and proactive 18–23-year-old future social entrepreneurs, community organisers, activists, volunteers working towards attaining the skills and resources to become global citizen[s] of impact,” it continued.

The summit will not only be an event for learning, but also networking.

Annette Gray, founder of GBDCEI, will be the keynote speaker at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in Kingston, Jamaica, on November 23, 2019.
(Photo: Twitter @AnnetteGray)

Jamaican-born entrepreneur Annette Gray, the founder of GBDCEI, will be the day’s keynote speaker.

Commenting on her background, Gray stated: “I attribute a significant amount of my success to my Jamaican roots, the foundation established by my grandmother who is often referenced for her wisdom in my keynotes and trainings.”

GBDCEI at work

As a business and leadership incubator, GBDCEI builds capacity for entrepreneurs, small businesses and public and private sector operations that want to develop an entrepreneurial culture.

“… We believe strongly that fostering a mindset of global citizenship and cultivating entrepreneurial skills will enable our young adults to have global impact as competitive change makers.”

— Wayne McKenzie, president and CEO of Jamaica Energy Partners

In addition to catering to young adults, the institute has developed programmes such as the Kid-Preneur Leadership Academy for children aged 9–14 and the Cultural Youth Entrepreneurship Internship Program, which provides mentoring for youth between ages 16 and 21. GBDCEI also facilitates on-the-job training.

The non-profit recently expanded its mission and reach with the launch of its Mobile Entrepreneurship and Leadership Training Unit, otherwise called MELT Bus.

MELT Bus (Photo: GBDCEI)

Chairman of GBDCEI Alterraon Phillips said that YES, similar to MELT Bus, was conceptualised to bring resources to people face socio-economic challenges that exclude them from opportunities for social mobility.

As such he said that having worked with youth in the South Florida region, he is “ecstatic for the opportunity to do the same in the land of my birth”.

Phillips was also grateful to the UWI Mona Guild of Students and JEP for their support as co-sponsors, without whom, he said, “GBDCEI could not do this event”.

Speaking on behalf of JEP, President and CEO Wayne McKenzie remarked, “As an organisation we believe strongly that fostering a mindset of global citizenship and cultivating entrepreneurial skills will enable our young adults to have global impact as competitive change makers.”

Wayne McKenzie, president and CEO, Jamaica Energy Partners (Photo: JEP)