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

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

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

Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators 2017: Vere Technical High School Takes It Away Again!

Although I don’t always manage to get to all the stages of the competition, I do love to follow the fortunes of Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators, who work hard every year for prizes for the best (and most marketable) product or service. It’s a combination of creativity, new ideas and business acumen that is required. The high … More Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators 2017: Vere Technical High School Takes It Away Again!

I’ve Missed Out on a Few Things… Including the Katalyxt Youth Innovators!

The last few weeks have been busy, and though the heart was willing I didn’t make it to some special events. Here I am catching up with one that you may also have missed… “We are innovators, we are job creators!” This was the mantra at the first round of Judging for the Katalyxt Youth Innovators … More I’ve Missed Out on a Few Things… Including the Katalyxt Youth Innovators!

Here Come Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators…

I have been following the fortunes of the Katalyxt family in the past few years – and in particular, its support for young entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, I missed the launch of this year’s Youth Innovators’ Competition, but thought I would share their press release and photos from that event, which is always inspiring. Once again, I … More Here Come Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators…

Vere Technical High School are Katalyxt’s Winning Youth Innovators!

I feel so sorry that I missed the final event of the Katalyxt Youth Innovators Awards; I always closely follow the progress of the competition, which lasts throughout the school year. Sponsors were the Development Bank of Jamaica, the Export Import Bank of Jamaica and Katalyxt. The young and enthusiastic Katalyxt team is led by … More Vere Technical High School are Katalyxt’s Winning Youth Innovators!

Bright Ideas and Business Plans: Katalyxt ‘s Young Innovators

It was break time at José Marti Technical High School. Students were heading in all directions around the central covered courtyard. I watched a girl walking straight-backed and slow in her long-skirted deep blue uniform past the school assembly hall. A student was shouting persistently, trying to catch the attention of another across the courtyard – … More Bright Ideas and Business Plans: Katalyxt ‘s Young Innovators