Sunday 9 December, 2018

Eight young Jamaican entrepreneurs YLAI 2018

The 2018 YLAI Professional Fellows were selected through a competitive application process, which attracted 2,500 applications throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

The 2018 YLAI Professional Fellows were selected through a competitive application process, which attracted 2,500 applications throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

They are bold, creative and true representatives of Jamaica’s future – BRIGHT! They are the island’s 2018 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows.

The YLAI Fellowship Professional Program will bring 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States in September 2018 to collaborate with counterparts in businesses and organizations in 20 cities across the United States.

Through this exchange, fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ventures and build leadership skills to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

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Jamaica’s participants are Andre Robb, Braata Box and Co.; Gavin Lindsay, Merit Holdings Ltd; Jamellia Blythe, High Flyer Educational Services; Kenishia Mais, Thriving Dollars Co.; Kerri-Anne Walker, Kei Dubb; Nicolene Witter, Enablers of Community Advancement Projects and Initiatives (ECAPI) Limited; Rory-Craig Walker, Jamaican Care Packages (JCP) and Shawneil Bailey, Zarabelle.

Bailey, Walker, Mais, and Robb were featured in Loop's Young People in Business. 

The YLAI Professional Fellows Program will begin on September 20 in Detroit, Michigan, followed by four-week fellowships throughout the US. The programme concludes with a Closing Forum in October in Washington, DC focused on leadership and skills development training. Fellows return to their ventures with new skills, resources, ongoing support from US counterparts, and an improved network, strengthening business ties between the US and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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United States Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs, Jeremiah Knight congratulated the YLAI Fellows, following a recent pre-departure session at the Embassy.  He shared his expectation of outstanding performance by this year’s cohort, who will only follow or exceed the high standard set by their predecessors.

The 2018 YLAI Professional Fellows were selected through a competitive application process, which attracted 2,500 applications throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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The selected 250 business and social entrepreneurs represent 36 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and will focus on topics including, but not limited to, agriculture, clean energy, e-commerce, education and women and youth empowerment.

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