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  • Jamaica will join 123 countries across the world in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014 from November 17 to 23.
  • Several activities have been organised locally to mark the week, which is being hosted for the third consecutive year by Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) under the theme: ‘Local Entrepreneurs, Global Businesses’.
  • State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, gave the Government’s commitment to ensuring that an ecosystem to facilitate entrepreneurship in the country is built and developed.

Jamaica will join 123 countries across the world in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014 from November 17 to 23.

Several activities have been organised locally to mark the week, which is being hosted for the third consecutive year by Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) under the theme: ‘Local Entrepreneurs, Global Businesses’.

At the launch held on Wednesday, November 5, at Start Up Jamaica’s downtown Kingston offices, State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, gave the Government’s commitment to ensuring that an ecosystem to facilitate entrepreneurship in the country is built and developed.

“We will ensure that we can provide all the support necessary for the many talented young entrepreneurs (who) are out there, who are just (rearing) to develop new ideas and solutions,” he said.

He said it is fitting that GEW is being launched at Start Up Jamaica,  which he noted, “is the latest in a series of initiatives undertaken by the Government to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship,” particularly among the youth.

More than 19 public and private sector entities are partnering with the JAJ to stage GEW.

Among the activities is the annual general meeting for participants at 46 high schools involved in JAJ’s Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) programme. The event is slated for November 18 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, and is expected to be attended by approximately 800 students.

Also to be held is a demonstration day at Start Up Jamaica’s offices located at the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Duke Street branch; a women’s Entrepreneurship Day breakfast launch by HEART Trust/NTA at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston on November 19; and a series of Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) walk-in clinics at the agency’s satellite offices in Manchester, St. Ann, Hanover, St. James, Westmoreland, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus, St. Andrew.

JAJ President, Alphie Mullings-Aiken, said the extensive slate of interactive activities is listed on the GEW website @ jm.gew.co.

“You will see some activities that we started from October (and will run) into November…(with others concluding) in December. All (of this is) with the intention of sharing that entrepreneurial spirit, teaching more about how you can become (an entrepreneur), or how we (can) instill (that) mindset in…individuals,” she stated.

HEART Trust/NTA  representative, Cheryll Stewart, and Dionne Palmer of the University of Technology’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC), welcomed the opportunity to partner again with JAJ, for this year’s staging.

Other stakeholder partners include: the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Ministry of Education; JN Foundation; National Youth Service (NYS); Northern Caribbean University (NCU); and the I Believe Initiative.

GEW is an international initiative that introduces entrepreneurship to young people, and enables them to explore and pursue development of their ideas.

The initial concept evolved in the mid-1960s when late American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ewing Marion Kauffman, established the Kauffman Foundation to facilitate the emergence of economically independent persons who could contribute to improving their communities, with focus in education and youth.

GEW, in its current format, emerged between 2007 and 2008, out of Entrepreneurship Week USA, and Enterprise Week UK, and has seen in excess of 10 million people in well over 100 countries, participating.

JAJ focuses on building the capacities of youth in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workforce readiness through experimental programmes targeting students, aged five to 24 years.

The organisation carries out its work through partnerships with the Education Ministry, USAID, and private sector. Since 2009, JAJ’s engagements have reached over 40,000 youth islandwide.