Building a multimillion-dollar business

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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THE Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean launched the premier Branson Centre Summit recently at the Spanish Court Hotel under the theme 'Building a multimillion-dollar business'.

As the leading non-profit accelerator in the region for scaling businesses, the event was a platform to showcase the Caribbean as a leader in the entrepreneurship space and put the spotlight on the importance of building a global brand.

With more than 100 guests in attendance, the summit attracted the movers and shakers of the local business and investment community in addition to up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

“We wanted to encourage successful networking and relationship building between entrepreneurs and the business community and we believe that our mission was accomplished with the Branson Centre Summit,” said CEO of the Branson Centre, Lisandra Rickards, during her keynote conversation with Marlon Nichols, co-founder and managing partner of Cross Culture Ventures, which was the highlight of the evening.

Panel participants included a diverse group of business leaders which included Tracy-Ann Spence of NCB Capital Markets; Joanna Banks of PanJam; Conrad Mathison of It's Pixel Perfect; Richard Gordon of PROVEN Fund Managers Limited; Naomi Garrick of Garrick Communications; Christopher Boxe of Chilitos JaMexican Restaurant; Nicole McLaren Campbell of AIM Educational Services; and Dr Anissa Holmes of Delivering WOW.

The event started with the premier of the organisation's brand video, followed by engaging panel discussions under the topics of 'Building a million-dollar business with investment' and 'Building a million-dollar brand'. Entrepreneurs from Branson Centre's scale-up accelerator programme presented pitches which spotlight their progress throughout the one-year programme.

The Branson Centre CEO voiced her appreciation for the help provided by the centre's partners in launching the summit.

“We couldn't have done it without the support of our partners – Virgin Holidays, Virgin Unite, the US Embassy Jamaica, and PROVEN Investments Limited,” she said.

Jeremiah Knight, Counsellor for Public Affairs for the US Embassy Kingston also acknowledged the importance of the collaboration.

“US Embassy, Kingston is proud to have partnered with the Branson Centre in hosting Marlon Nichols, co-founder/managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures.” he stated. “Our combined efforts in the field of entrepreneurship will not only create new synergies but will promote opportunities that will have a powerful and lasting impact on Jamaica's economy. We look forward to fully utilising other programmes such as the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) as an effective tool to harness the creativity of Jamaican entrepreneurs.”

Johann Heaven, president and CEO of PROVEN Wealth Ltd, added, “In Jamaica we are known for breaking records and pushing limits, this spirit aligns with our PROVEN brand as our business model supports and regards entrepreneurship as key for developing our economy, and we could not be prouder partners of this event.”

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