Katalyxt recognizes youth innovators
Members of the winning Vere Technical High School team.
Katalyxt, a division of Mint Management and Finance Services, with the responsibility of aiding the growth and development of small and medium enterprises in Jamaica, recently held an award ceremony for its annual Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition.
The Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition, in its sixth year, was held from November 2016 to April 2017.
“The objective of this competition is to engage young innovators, third to six forms, to participate and develop an appetite for innovation,” said Katalyxt in a press release.
The team from Waterford High School was second overall with its product, “Lip Pop”.
“This project seeks to invest in the entrepreneurial potential of Jamaican youths, while instilling in them, the necessary business acumen and preparing students to be movers and shakers of tomorrow’s business industries, be they manufacturing, energy, technology, agriculture, amongst others,” the release added.
Students were drawn from Science, Business, and Home Economics clubs to focus on entrepreneurship and enterprise. Thereafter, students and advisors organised team(s) to represent their schools, and submit an innovative product or service which has an element of originality.
Schools were permitted to submit more than one entries. Products and services submitted were judged based on creativity and innovation, execution of product, marketability, and value added, presentation and design, to name a few.
Bustamante High's team placed third overall with ‘Castor eN Oil.
This year’s competition engaged over 100 students from 15 high schools, vying for the most innovative, original, business-ready product or service. Among the award winners were:
1st Place: Vere Technical High School
Product: ‘Wireless Charging Illusion Mirror Table’
2nd Place: Waterford High School
Product: “Lip Pop”
3rd Place: Bustamante High School
Product: ‘Castor eN Oil
Yallahs and Waterford High Schools were awarded certificates indicating their 4th place finish and books for each team member.
An entry by Tarrant High School
Big Idea Award: Vere Technical High School
Product: ‘Vere EnerFLO’
Sustainability award (joint) : Ardenne High School
Product: ‘The Power Cycle’
Sustainability Award (joint): Yallahs High School
Product: ‘Road-Eye Safety Unit’
Team Leader’s Award: Edith Dalton James High School
Product: ‘Peppermint Foot Scrub’
Businessman’s Pick: Lennon High School
Product: ‘Citrus Essential Oil’
Top Teacher Award: Vere Technical High School
Top Teacher Award (runner-up): Waterford High School