The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship’s premier business summit took place late last year, attracting hundreds of movers and shakers from across the Caribbean’s business, investment and entrepreneurship community.
With the theme of ‘building a multi-million dollar business’ the summit highlighted key success stories and showcased the region as a true leader in the entrepreneurship space – all whilst putting the spotlight on the importance of building global brands.
The Branson Centre prides itself on being the leading non-profit accelerator in the region and the summit provided a platform to showcase the centres’ success. The night was filled with engaging panel discussions around the topic of ‘Building a million dollar brand’.
Panel participants were made up of a diverse group of business leaders including Tracy-Ann Spence of NCB Capital Markets, Joanna Banks of PanJam, Conrad Mathison of It’s Pixel Perfect, Richard Gordon of PROVEN Fund Managers Limited, Naomi Garrick of Garrick Communications, Christopher Boxe of Chilitos JaMexican Restaurant, Nicole McLaren Campbell of AIM Educational Services and Dr. Anissa Holmes of Delivering WOW.
Entrepreneurs from the centre’s Scale-Up Accelerator Programme presented pitches and shared stories of their progress throughout the one-year programme. A highlight of the evening was a keynote conversation between Marlon Nichols, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Cross Culture Ventures and Branson Centre CEO Lisandra Rickards.
“We wanted to encourage successful networking and relationship building between entrepreneurs and the business community and we believe that our mission was accomplished with the Branson Centre Summit.” said Rickards. “We couldn't have done it without the support of our partners - Virgin Holidays, Virgin Unite, the US Embassy Jamaica, and PROVEN Investments Limited.
“Our combined efforts in the field of entrepreneurship will not only create new synergies but will promote opportunities that will have a powerful and lasting impact on Jamaica’s economy. We look forward to fully utilising other programmes such as the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) as an effective tool to harness the creativity of Jamaican entrepreneurs.” said Jeremiah Knight, Counselor for Public Affairs for the US Embassy Kingston.
Johann Heaven, President & CEO of PROVEN Wealth Limited added, “In Jamaica we are known for breaking records and pushing limits, this spirit aligns with our PROVEN Brand as our business model supports and regards entrepreneurship as key for developing our economy, and we could not be prouder partners of this event.”