Young entrepreneurs prove they’re made of more
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.