The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW


I am putting this out there because the deadline for this amazing opportunity launched by the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation is this coming Sunday, October 11, 2020. Yes, you’ve got three days. “Climate change is impacting our region now,” says climate change consultant Asia Williams. Temperatures are rising on land and sea; sea levels are … More The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW

Crowdfunding Campaign to Publish Biographies of Marcus Garvey and Mary Seacole


Jamaican entrepreneur and publisher Tanya Batson-Savage, not in the least intimidated by the current COVID-related economic uncertainties, has come up with a great way to move forward with a new project aimed at Jamaican young people through her company, Blue Banyan Books. She is that kind of determined entrepreneurial woman. I agree with Tanya: children … More Crowdfunding Campaign to Publish Biographies of Marcus Garvey and Mary Seacole

British Council to Host Global Social Enterprise Expo in Kingston


I know it is short notice, but it would be worth dropping by this Expo if you are in the New Kingston area. Come and see what the students are doing and talk to them about their social enterprise. It’s a competitive program that I believe will help build leadership as well as entrepreneurial skills. … More British Council to Host Global Social Enterprise Expo in Kingston

Natural History Museum of Jamaica and Highway 2000 East-West: Big Promoters of Jamaica’s Biodiversity


I confess to being biased: I just love the Biodiversity Awareness Programme of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica. I also love the partnership with Highway 2000 East-West, who are steadfast supporters of environmental education programmes at five primary schools close to the highway. The company’s support over the years has been hugely appreciated and … More Natural History Museum of Jamaica and Highway 2000 East-West: Big Promoters of Jamaica’s Biodiversity

Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition


In a recent article on the Gleaner blogs page, I wrote about the need to listen to, and include our young people. We also need to encourage them and nurture their ideas – not in a patronizing way, but to really give them space. I always think that Winsome Minott and her small, but dedicated Katalyxt … More Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition

Anniversaries, Part 1: Tyrone Wilson and the Last Ten Years


I was reminded today that there are a few anniversaries in Jamaica this year. One of them is Tyrone Wilson’s tenth. He has reached double digits. I wrote about him a few years ago, after visiting him at the University of Technology Entrepreneurial Centre, an incubator. At age 22, Tyrone was just about to “change … More Anniversaries, Part 1: Tyrone Wilson and the Last Ten Years

Steer Town Academy, Winners of 2018 Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition


It’s always a pleasure and a joy to hear about the Youth Innovators’ Competition, which is hotly contested among our high schools. It is not just about entrepreneurship but about creativity and ideas. The entries are always fascinating, a product of teamwork among students, guided by teachers and advisors. It’s an initiative of Winsome Minott, … More Steer Town Academy, Winners of 2018 Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition

Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship


Dear readers, my favorite people at Katalyxt have just completed their Seventh Annual Youth Innovators’ Competition – a very special competition for high schools intended to encourage innovation and creativity in business. The youthful entrepreneurs compete with presentations, displays, and demonstrations of the products and services they have been working on. Two products will be … More Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship

The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth


The street is lined with the razor-wired walls of factories and warehouses, downtown. Not far away, two long-necked cranes on the wharf lean into the sun. Trucks rumble down the road. I arrive at a heavily secured gate. The setting is a little forbidding. But the gate is shaded by a mango tree, and the … More The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth

Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators Competition Goes to St. Ann


A group of high school students made its way to Browns Town, St. Ann (on a smooth road, followed by a bumpy road, as described below!) Here is the Katalyxt team’s report on their second workshop, in preparation for their annual Youth Innovators’ Competition. Damien Williams – a great motivator, who will be launching his book Grab … More Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators Competition Goes to St. Ann