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Young entrepreneurs to share business lessons at MSBM conference

An esteemed panel of young entrepreneurs will share lessons learned in growing their businesses.

An esteemed panel of young entrepreneurs will share lessons learned in growing their businesses.

Young entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to garner further knowledge on how to grow and strengthen their business at the Mona School of Business International Business and Management Conference.

The conference, scheduled for July 10 to 12, is being held under the theme, “Delivering on the Promise of Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Research, Practice, and Thinking in the Fourth Economy.”

An esteemed panel of young entrepreneurs will share lessons learned in growing their businesses. They include Kemal Brown president and CEO, Digita Global; Tyrone Wilson, president and CEO, eMedia interactive Group; Rory-Craig Walker, CEO/Founder, Jamaican Care Packages; Janelle Pantry-Coke, Managing Director, Spaces and Gordon Swaby, CEO/Founder EduFocal.

Andrea Dempster-Chung, Co-Founder, Kingston Creative will participate in a session themed “Growing & Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from Young Entrepreneurs” on Friday, July 12 between 8:30am-10am.


Tyrone Wilson is the president and CEO of eMedia Interactive Group, the holding company of iCreate Limited, a Creative Training Institute listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Junior Market, and Vertical Creative Limited - the license holder of the historical Reggae Sunsplash Festival.

Wilson’s passion for entrepreneurship and innovation has fuelled the strategic growth and success of his companies. His vision is to develop the region’s creative economy and make the Caribbean a powerhouse in the digital and creative world.

Tyrone is a proud graduate of Jamaica College and is the recipient of many awards and accolades including the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica's 50 under 50 Business Leaders Award.

He is also currently the youngest CEO on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.


Janelle Pantry-Coke is the Founder and Creative Director of Spaces Limited - one of Kingston's leading retailers of quality furniture and accessories. Spaces is known for its contemporary furnishings and offers turnkey project services and installation through its décor Centre. With over 10 years of retail and management experience, Janelle is recognized as a visionary and is a well-respected industry leader and currently serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights.

She was also a member of Young Entrepreneurs Association of Jamaica where she served on its executive board.


Rory-Craig Walker, CEO and Founder of Jamaican Care Packages Limited. In 2016 when Jamaican Care Packages Limited's (JCP) traction started to grow, he left his job to work on the business full time. Rory-Craig was named in the 2018 Cohort of Young Leaders of The Americas Initiative (YLAI), where he was a Professional Fellow in Detroit, Michigan for four weeks. He was also named a 2018 "Top Achiever" of Scotia Bank Vision Achiever Programme.


Gordon Swaby is the CEO and Co-Founder of multi-award winning EduFocal Limited, an innovative online social learning service for students preparing for their GSAT and CSEC examination. The seven-year-old service has been used by thousands of students to successfully prepare for their exams. Swaby’s work has been acknowledged by many organizations including the World Bank, The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, The University of Technology and the Inter-American Development Bank. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Youth Award, the Common Wealth Youth Award and many others. 


Kemal Brown is the president and CEO of Digita Global Marketing Ltd, a Caribbean-based, globally-focused media, marketing and technology company, and Digita Properties Ltd., a tech-infused real estate holding, management and development company. 

He lives and preaches the impact of digital technology and how it can help the region advance, becoming globally competitive. He is the 2017 Scotia Bank Vision Achiever Top Performer, (the youngest company to ever win the competition), is an official Branson Centre Entrepreneur, is a member of the Horasis Global Community, and a Fellow of the Commonwealth 360 Leadership programme.

In addition to the special session for youth entrepreneurs, attendees at the conference will be able to participate in other discussions such as Entrepreneurship, Finance & ITCs, Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Gender & Youth Entrepreneurship.

A special feature of the conference will be a networking session for entrepreneurs - 'From Start-up to Scale-up: High Growth Entrepreneurs Share Lessons Learned' which will field panellists: Kevin Langley, President, Entrepreneurs Across Borders, Josh Cauley, Entrepreneurs and Owner, Performance Mods, Dr Somdutta Singh, Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor and Advisor, and Kemal Brown, President & CEO, Digita Global Marketing. This session will be chaired by K’Adamawe K’Nife.

The Keynote address, ‘Delivering on the Promise of Entrepreneurship’ will be given by Dr Nigel Clarke, MP, Minister of Finance and the Public Service at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

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