JAM | Nov 17, 2023

GEN partners with Consular Corp to support local entrepreneurs bid for Entrepreneurship World Cup

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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From left: Sydney Thwaites, president of the JMEA, Dr Anna Perkins, Jason Clarke, board chair, GEN Jamaica; Tanketa Chance-Wilson, executive director of Barita Foundation; Cheryll Stewart, managing director GEN Jamaica; Callia Smith-Harriott, executive director of Junior Achievement Jamaica; Robert Scott, honorary consul general of Latvia, and dean of the Consular Corps of Jamaica (Photo: Jamaica)

As one of the highlights of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023 (GEW 2023) in Jamaica, an annual event to showcase the country’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has announced a partnership with the Consular Corps of Jamaica to support local business owners in their preparation for the Entrepreneurship World Cup 2024 (EWC 2024).

Hosted by GEN, the EWC is a global start-up pitch competition involving over 175,000 participants spanning 200 countries for the chance to receive funding from a US$1-million prize pool.

The launch event for GEW 2023, held at The University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters on Tuesday, November 14, was hosted by Junior Achievement Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exports Association, and GEN, under the theme ‘GEW D.R.I.V.E. – Developing Rich Industry Value Chains for Export. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Consular Corps of Jamaica, and Global Entrepreneurship Network Jamaica, to highlight the joint partnership to continue supporting business development in Jamaica.

Cheryll Stewart, managing director of GEN Jamaica

Cheryll Stewart, managing director of GEN Jamaica, commenting on the partnership, said: “More opportunities can be created through collaboration; this partnership sets the stage for increased support for our local entrepreneurs, it provides an access point to ‘Professionals supporting Professionals.’ We always have to be prepared for growth and expansion globally. This is a sustainable model for entrepreneurship development.”

In 2022, Jamaican contestant Eugenie Addison made it to the semi-finals with her start-up pitch ‘Senzi.Me’ a technology that monitors air quality to detect harmful gases.

Robert Scott, dean of the Consular Corps of Jamaica, added: “We are partnering with GEN because we believe they are an excellent organisation and we’d love to help bring more opportunities to people in Jamaica. We have so many people here that are highly skilled technically and programmes like what are offered at GEN are a great way to prepare people for the world stage.”

Business owners are invited to visit to peruse all the events options available throughout the week

Interested contestants can apply for the Entrepreneurship World Cup at this link:


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