Young en­trepreneurs prove they’re made of more

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

AF­TER SEV­ERAL rounds of pitches in the Bran­son Cen­tre of En­trepreneur­ship and Guin­ness Made of More En­trepreneurs Chal­lenge, Man­dev­ille-based busi­ness­woman Lacey-Ann Bart­ley of Bart­ley’s All In Wood got the high­est points.

The 26-year-old was among eight busi­ness own­ers who made their fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tions to a panel of seven judges in the ATL Show­room at the Bran­son Cen­tre in Mon­tego Bay on Fri­day, Septem­ber 16.

“It’s a win for all of us. We are all build­ing busi­nesses, and this jour­ney has in­tro­duced me to some won­der­ful en­trepreneurs. All in Wood is about to buy well-needed ma­chines to meet the de­mand and sys­temise our op­er­a­tions,” said Bart­ley, who re­ceived a low-in­ter­est zero-col­lat­eral loan of US$5,000 from the Bran­son Cen­tre and Arthur Guin­ness Foun­da­tion.


The en­trepreneurs were given the op­por­tu­nity to pitch for a purse of US$130,000 of which US$10,000 was given in grant form to the com­pany that demon­strated the most so­cially im­pact­ful busi­ness con­cept.

Carol Lue of CaribShare Bio­gas took that prize. The re­main­ing US$120,000 in loans was di­vided among the en­trepreneurs who showed the abil­ity to re­pay and grow and scale their busi­nesses. Loans were granted to the busi­nesses at a four per cent in­ter­est rate. A Hawkeye Total Con­nect home-au­to­ma­tion control panel mounted on the wall in­side the house.


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