JUNIOR Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) is the official host of the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) of activities in Jamaica. During the week of November 12-18, 2012, JAJ and its local partners will be executing a variety of activities aimed at increasing awareness of opportunities for local entrepreneurs and motivating young Jamaicans to embrace the idea of running their own businesses.
"We keep talking about entrepreneurship, but for some it still seems like a dream, we want people to get that it is a reality," said Alphie Mullings-Aiken, president of JAJ.
The week's activities will start with the launch of the "Innovative Idea" Competition. Individuals from across Jamaica will be invited to suggest a business idea to solve Jamaica's high dependence on food imports.
Interested persons are invited to post their ideas in 50 words or less on the JAJ facebook.com/juniorachievementjamaica). The public will be invited to vote for the best idea and the top 3 winners will be awarded
The main events of the week include:
Entrepreneurial Seminars (November 12-15): The Jamaica Youth Business Trust (JYBT) will be hosting these seminars with the aim of encouraging young people to consider entrepreneurship as a viable option to self-sustainability. These sessions will be hosted at select high schools across Jamaica.
Entrepreneurial Webinar (November 12): The public is invited to log in from home or work and interact with Chief Executive Officer of Onix Trading Rolf Simmonds as he shares his journey in business and entrepreneurship. Also Damion Daley, CEO of Software Architects Ltd, will share how he transforms ideas into a viable business. This session will be useful for young entrepreneurs and individuals considering starting a business. Further information on the details of accessing the webinar will be available on the Junior Achievement Facebook page.
Youth Entrepreneurship Day (November 13): University of Technology: Technology Innovation Centre -- Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneur, Ethics and Leadership will host a Youth Entrepreneurship Day from 12-3:30 pm. Speakers will address, keeping motivated, branding and making an impression.
GEW was launched in 2008 with a goal of introducing entrepreneurship to young persons across the globe. Since its inception, GEW has engaged over 10 million youth in 102 countries in various programmes and activities. JAJ is a non-profit organisation which seeks to empower young through structured curricula and activities focused on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness.
JAJ partners with the Ministry of Education, United States Agency for International Development and the private sector to reach young people empower young people ages 5-24.