OECS youth entrepreneurs explore new horizons in Denmark

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — For the first time, three youth entrepreneurs from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) pitched their business start-ups at the Creative Business Cup (CBC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the persons of Kenna Questelles George from St Vincent and the Grenadines, founder of LinkUp; Tamara Prosper from Grenada, founder of Tambaran by Tamara; and Denell Floirus from Saint Lucia, founder of EcoCarib. 

The CBC programme is an event intended to strengthen the attendees’ innovative capabilities and benefit their businesses. The programme hosted start-ups from over 60 participating countries at the global festival of creativity in Copenhagen from June 29 – July 2, 2019.

The CBC seeks to empower entrepreneurs and trend spotters with creative ideas to connect with investors and global markets and compete for prizes in the global pitch competition.

The three OECS start-ups were selected based on their success in recent pitch deck competitions such as the Caribbean Entrepreneurship Challenge (CEC), the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s (CCIC) Green Tech Boot Camp and Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Program (CTEP). 

The four-day event featured bootcamp sessions and panel and round table discussions with start-ups like 6Degrees from Israel and content strategists from the CBC. 

Participants were given the opportunity to engage in discussions such as intellectual property rights with Dr Hashim Hussein, Head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Investment and Technology Promotion Office.

Pitch competitions were also conducted on the main stage, with the final two days focused on three-minute pitches from all participants. 

The overall winners of the championship were Denmark’s LaPee in first place, with an outdoor portable urinal for women; followed by Finland’s Deafmetal, a hearing aid accessory innovation which allows you to personalise your hearing device; and in third place the Czech Republic’s Snuggs, a sustainable female underwear that replaces the need for single-use menstrual pads.  There were also strong pitches from Africa and the Americas featuring nanotechnology that harnesses water in dry places using little to no energy.

Business development specialist at the OECS Competitive Business Unit (CBU), Kwesi Roberts, congratulated the young entrepreneurs on their participation in the international event.

“Exposure on the international level is crucial for our young businessmen and women. Events, such as the Creative Business Cup, provide an opportunity for them to learn from like-minded people from around the globe. It also affords our entrepreneurs the opportunity to build networks and increase their business opportunities,” Roberts said.

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