British Virgin Islands
How It All Came Together
Launched by Sir Richard Branson himself, the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean opened its doors in 2011 in Jamaica.
By the end of 2014, Branson Centre had successfully trained seven cohorts and they launched their online training platform, Branson Centre Caribbean Online, on March 3, 2015. The launch of the platform enabled them to begin scaling across the Caribbean.
Rewind to 2014 when KPMG (BVI) Limited, as part of KPMG’s global BRIGHT initiative, was considering how they could best use their professional skills to benefit the BVI community. Noting the significant benefits that entrepreneurship could have in the jurisdiction, alongside the barriers to starting up and growing a business in the BVI, the team pitched and won support to launch an entrepreneurial initiative in the BVI.
Given the synergy between what KPMG was trying to achieve in the BVI and Branson Centre Caribbean’s desire to expand their project across the region, the two global brands started exploring how they could work together to maximize the benefit for entrepreneurs in the BVI.
In October 2015, KPMG and Branson Centre Caribbean reached an agreement on how KPMG could facilitate BVI entrepreneurs’ access to the Centre’s successful entrepreneurship accelerator programme.
Utilizing the Branson Centre Caribbean Online training platform, complemented by KPMG led in-person coaching, workshops, events and other services, Branson Centre Caribbean has replicated its hybrid programme, which has already been successful in Jamaica.
January 2016 marked the launch of recruitment for budding entrepreneurs to begin training and take the first step to becoming a part of the BVI’s first cohort of official entrepreneurs.
Where We Are Now…
2017 was yet another major milestone year for the Branson Centre Caribbean.
In June 2017, we moved our headquarters from Montego Bay to Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston. We also revamped our suite of services to provide tools and high-touch services to an even wider pool of entrepreneurs at all stages of business, while also sharpening our focus on a specially selected group of high-potential, high-impact, fundable entrepreneurs. This repositioning solidified the Branson Centre Caribbean as a key player in the transformation and development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Caribbean region.
Our mission for 2018 is to see more transactions in the Caribbean through more deal flow and investments. We see ourselves playing a pivotal role in making this happen and will continue to bridge the gap between sources of capital and high potential entrepreneurs.
What We Offer in BVI
- Practical and focused in-person workshops
- A results-driven mentorship relationship
- Access to a pro-bono bank of professional services
- Valuable group and one-to-one coaching hours at no additional cost
- Complimentary access to networking and knowledge-building events
- Consideration for media and promotional exposure, and unique ambassador opportunities, both locally and abroad
- Key introductions to members of Branson Centre Caribbean’s and KPMG’s network for strategic partnerships and market access
- Inclusion in our ‘Entrepreneur Directory’ for increased access to market
- Introduction to debt, equity and grant opportunities in the BVI for access to local finance
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