BIDEM 2021 to be held October 13-15


Meegan Scott of BIDEM

BIDEM is an acronym for bridged, high impact diaspora entrepreneurs to efficient diasporic markets

BIDEM 2021, the International Caribbean Diaspora Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Trade Show, will be held October 13-15 in Toronto.

A virtual platform and marketplace for Caribbean, African and mainstream entrepreneurs and professional service providers from around the world will be presented at the three-day event.

The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs, and Magate Wildhorse, convenors of the conference, note that the theme of this year’s event, “Inspiring Trust, Deepening The Roots” expands on last year’s’ theme of “ Building Networks Together for Profit and Purpose.”

They also note that the program will explore a range of timely issues including high value manufacturing, competitive advantage and entrepreneurship and disability.

Meegan Scott, one of the organizers of the virtual conference, told The Caribbean Camera that a major aim of the event is to “reduce the entrepreneurial skills gap faced by Caribbean entrepreneurs in Canada and other diasporic markets as well as Canadians with no history of businesses, in their family, entrepreneurs of African descendent and other immigrants who face similar challenges, in particular non-native speakers of English.”

The event will feature speaker sessions, B2B market meeting , networking,  government procurement  information and   investor connect sessions. 

Among the lineup of international speakers are:

– Jay B. Barney, Presidential Professor of Strategic Management who holds the Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah

– Warren Salmon, President, Black Board International & First Fridays  – Peter Marks, Director Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA  – Anne Thornley-Brown, Networking Facilitator

– Charles Bennin, Business Consultant – Imanzi Kayitare of Procurement Canada. 

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