Caribbean entrepreneurs to explore opportunities during GEW


Toronto will join cities in over 160 countries around the world, including several in the Caribbean, in observing Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), November 13-19.

During GEW, entrepreneurs, the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation will be celebrated, organizers say.

At press time, there were more than 130 events listed on the GEW Canada website. These events will be hosted by 21 partner entities.

Futurpreneur is the official Canadian host for the GEW for the ninth consecutive year.

“GEW is a wonderful time to celebrate the entrepreneurs who help drive the Canadian economy and grow Canada’s future”, Futurpreneur said.

It noted that for the third year, along with Amway Canada, it will be sending three young entrepreneurs across the country as “On the Road” ambassadors “to share the successes of some of the incredible young business owners Futurpreneur has supported”.

The ambassador’s journey can be followed via Twitter @Futurpreneur.

Toronto is also stepping up its game for leveraging a multi-cultural environment for creating even more innovative solutions, says Meegan Scott of Magate Wildhorse, a strategic management consultancy.

The Caribbean Camera, Magate Wildhorse and Windies Restaurant, Scarborough “have partnered to bring Canadian and Caribbean Canadian entrepreneurs as well as those in the Caribbean together for shared learning, networking and exploring business opportunities”, Scott added.

These activities will be delivered under the theme Focused for Growth and will include a series of workshops. The first Focused for Growth event will be held on Tuesday at Windies Restaurant, Scarborough. Valerie MacLeod of the Haines Centre for Strategic Management and MaxImpact, Calgary and Dr. Marcia Brandon of GEN Caribbean will address participants.

For more details of the workshops visit the Caribbean Camera online at: localhost/camera or Magate Wildhorse on Facebook.

Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have all registered events on the GEW Canada website for this year’s celebration.

Several not-for-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, universities and colleges as well as other private sector organizations have developed and will deliver their own programmes of activities for promoting and advocating entrepreneurship.

According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week, established in Kansas in 2008, is “the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare”.