The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs (The CoP) announced the agenda for BIDEM 2021, the premier International Caribbean Diaspora Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Trade Show today. The event will be held October 13-15 virtually in Toronto.
BIDEM is an acronym for bridged, high impact diaspora entrepreneurs to efficient diasporic markets.
Theme of this year’s event: “Inspiring Trust, Deepening The Roots” expands on last year’s “Connecting the Roots, Building Networks Together for Profit and Purpose”
The CoP hosts BIDEM annually for addressing barriers including sparse networks and lack of experience in growing big businesses, foreignness, market intelligence gaps and lack of community finance and need to increase family support for entrepreneurship.
Despite the challenges some entrepreneurs, professional and technical service providers have grown big businesses in OECD Countries as well as in the Caribbean.
Meegan Scott, conference chair, says the event will feature the presentation of research findings, panel discussion, speaker sessions and networking. On day three of the event key research findings will be presented on strategic trade policies, agreements and opportunities for entrepreneurs and governments. The research findings will be presented by Kisserup International Trade Roots. The study will focus on Canada, Caribbean and US trade and business opportunities. It was commissioned by The CoP and funded by the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiatives (SBCCI).
“Sustainability (ESG) Integration in Business Models and Strategy” will be presented by Tonderaj Leonel Njowera, CEO and Vision Lead of Kiyani Energy.
Day two will feature panel discussion and speaker session on “How I Did It”, the it being succeeded at entrepreneurship in diasporic markets as well as in Africa.
Among the speakers are Warren Salmon, B.SC., PH. D (HONORIS CAUSA), President, Black Board International & First Fridays; Kevin Howell (founder of the USA based) Anchor Strategy Group and Dr. Charles Bennin of Triple Grace Consultancy and Logistics Limited. Imanzi Kayitare, will share on how to do business with Government of Canada.
Day one will feature an interactive session on “Identifying Your Potential Sources of Sustained Competitive Advantage” with Jay B. Barney, Presidential Professor of Strategic Management and the Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah.
Also on day −“The Transformational Potential of the Advanced Manufacturing of Biologics” by Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA.
For more information, visit: https://bidem.org/welcome-to-bidem/