The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition

As I write, three outstanding young Jamaicans have been selected to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit on September 21 in New York. I spent some time with two of them recently at a climate change forum in rural Portland.

Climate activist Jhannel Tomlinson speaks at a Youth Climate Change Forum at the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE) in Portland on June 12, 2019. (My photo)

Dainalyn Swaby was one of 100 young activists worldwide who won “Green Tickets.” The Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, implemented by the United Nations Development Program, is sponsoring Jhannel Tomlinson and Michael Morgan.

The energetic St. Elizabeth native Ms. Dainalyn Swaby is looking forward to the remainder of the year. The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017 and former coordinator of the JA-REEEACH II climate change project has just been selected as a 2019/20 Chevening Scholar. She will be pursuing an MA in Global Communication and Development at Loughborough University, London. (Photo: Twitter)

Congratulations to the three of them! If they cannot help raise the voice of youth, then I don’t know who can!

Michael Morgan will also be going to the UN Youth Climate Summit.

Water is a critical climate change concern. Now here is something for Caribbean young people. Do spread the word about this – it’s an innovative competition for water entrepreneurs across the region, launched recently by the Global Water Partnership Caribbean.

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Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition.

The Competition is a unique opportunity for Caribbean nationals (ages 18 – 34 years), to pitch their innovative water-related project ideas directly to “sharks” for a chance to win seed funding of 4,000 Euros. The water project ideas should aim to support better water resources management in the Caribbean, under any of the following themes:

  • Water and Climate
  • Water and Agriculture
  • Water and Health
  • Water and Energy
  • Water and Tourism


✔️ You must be a Caribbean national between the ages of 18 – 34 years.

✔️ You must complete the provided project proposal template and submit a 2 – 3 minute video (guidelines provided) describing your project idea. Participants will not be judged on video quality but rather on what is being conveyed in the video. Only 7 entrants will advance to the final pitch round! Please Note: All submitted project proposals/ideas will remain the property of participants.

✔️ Apply by October 15th, 2019! Get all competition details, templates and guidelines here:

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