Katalyxt Sets Off Again To Inspire Youth Innovation

I wish I had been there – but I am having to skip a lot of events, due to overwhelming commitments that keep me “grounded” at home.  I will emerge, eventually, but meanwhile, I may have to keep declining invitations, which I don’t like to do. Come 2018 I hope to be back on track!  

I have written about Katalyxt before. It’s always an inspiring experience for all! Here is their press release about their upcoming school year activities.

Winsome Minott of Katalyxt believes in wealth creation. And she believes in Jamaica’s youth. (My photo)

November 17, 2017

Launch of Katalyxt 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition

The launch of Katalyxt 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition took place at the Jose Marti Technical High School on Thursday, November 2, 2017 and the sensitization followed on November 16. There was excitement when several schools gathered to be stimulated by thought-provoking challenges delivered by the sponsors, industry stakeholders and organizers of Katalyxt YIC Programme.

The theme of this year’s competition: Planting the Seed of Entrepreneurship in Fertile Soil.

The launch kicked off with Moderator, Cheryll Stewart, welcoming all to the seventh staging of the Youth Innovators’ Competition. She acknowledged the main sponsors and industry stakeholders: Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Limited, Jamaica National (JN), EXIM Bank Jamaica, Tru-Juice and Jamaica Producers. Katalyxt Team Leader, Winsome Minott, welcomed all to the launch and shared the team’s continuous commitment to providing tools, information, training and inspiration to students in our high schools to become innovators and job creators. Minott stressed the importance of being resilient in the face of adversity: “Entrepreneurs always face problems. However, it is your attitude and your ability to persevere that allows you to become successful.” She ended her message on high note, having the students repeat the YIC mantra, “We are innovators, we are job creators, we are the best of the best!”

Mr. Marlon Williams, Senior Education Officer, represented Dr. Grace McLean’s office, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. He publicly announced the Ministry’s endorsement of the Youth Innovators’ Competition. Williams encouraged the students to make the best of the opportunities provided and to compete at the highest standard.

Tyrone Wilson. (My photo)

Tyrone Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of eMedia Interactive was the guest speaker. He shared his entrepreneurial journey and gave the budding entrepreneurs useful tips on how to become successful.

Tyrone is a young man from the inner-city. Nevertheless, he had big dreams to be a successful entrepreneur. His passion led to the preparation of his detailed and well thought out business plan. He introduced his idea to Mr. Chris Williams (Chief Executive Officer, Proven Wealth Management Limited), at a meeting of the Jamaica College Old Boys, and there he found a willing partner. Tyrone’s case confirms that when passion and preparation met opportunity there can be success.

Other special guests, sponsors and industry stakeholders who attended the event were Ms. Kereen Reid (Ministry of Education, Region 6); Ms. Karlene Segree (Ministry of Education); and Mr. Carl Carram (eMedia Interactive/iCreate).

The schools represented at the launch and sensitization included: Ardenne High School; Bridgeport High School; Bustamante High School; Calabar High School; Camperdown High School; Edith Dalton James High School; Jamaica College; Jose Marti Technical High School; Kingston College; Kingston High School; Kingston Technical High School; Lennon High School; McGrath High School; Mona High School; Nain High School; Penwood High School; Roger Clarke High School; Tarrant High School; Vere Technical High School; Waterford High School; Wolmer’s High School for Boys; Yallahs High School.

Contact: The Katalyxt Team at katalyxtroom1@gmail.com| 929-1160| 778-1092

Excelsior High School students enjoying a Katalyxt event last December. (Photo: Katalyxt)


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