We offer entrepreneurs in Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands, at the scale-up phase, access to a one-year acceleration programme and a suite of quality a-la-carte services.
Since 2011, we have trained hundreds of entrepreneurs and conducted extensive research into the needs and challenges that Caribbean entrepreneurs face in launching and scaling their businesses. We use this information to continuously enhance our offerings.
Our robust programme offers world-class entrepreneur training, mentorship, networking and more.
While start-ups create vibrancy in any economy, we believe that scale-ups create the most impact. Caribbean entrepreneurs need a framework and tools to help them structure their businesses and map out a growth path. That is why we offer a high-touch suite of accelerator services. We want to enable entrepreneurs to present their businesses in such a way that strategic partners, grant programmes, external investors, banks, and any other partners, see their potential value and are willing to take a risk on the entrepreneur’s ability to achieve it.
No Entrepreneur is an Island
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road, so we help to connect entrepreneurs with the people and organizations that can help to make their businesses succeed. Our programme is supported by our partners and volunteers – mentors, coaches, and experts, who enable us to change the way business is done as usual. So, it’s part of our mandate to ensure that we make valuable and effective connections, not only for our entrepreneurs, but also for our partners who serve them. We aim to provide a mutually beneficial and rewarding opportunity for seasoned entrepreneurs and members of the business community to give back and make an impact.
Technology & Human Touch
At the core of our model is the belief that entrepreneurs thrive when they are connected to a robust and strong network of other like-minded entrepreneurs and allies. That’s why our hybrid approach combines virtual and in-person delivery of services that nurture the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Through technology we are able to provide critical training, make smart mentorship matches and streamline our operations.
Our 1-to-1 coaching, networking events, mentorship and expertise pairing, as well as dedicated in-house support for our entrepreneurs, ensures that we do not lose the key ingredient of our programme – the human touch.
As we continue to scale the programme into the wider Caribbean, we identify local partners in key islands where we aim to launch. We also set up operations on the ground or work through local partners who are responsible for executing the programme’s local activities and events in combination with the virtual training.
Through this hybrid approach, we will take our successfully tested model to other islands throughout the region. By employing lessons learned, we are raising the game of entrepreneurship in the Caribbean, as we continually expand and enhance the programme.