November 18, 2016

WINC Acceleration Programme


At the beginning of this year, I entered into WINC Acceleration Program - new peer mentorship-based initiative to support high-potential women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.

The goal of the eight-month intensive Acceleration Program was to provide participants with a wide range of support services aimed at improving competitiveness and boosting our growth. This included peer-learning, personal development, one-to-one mentoring/coaching, technical workshops, and motivational sessions by entrepreneur role models.

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November 17, 2016

Dive with my Dad

A few weeks ago my Dad and I went diving together off of the South coast of Barbados.
My Dad recently moved back to Barbados from Brazil and he was itching to get in the water as often as possible to make up for lost time. We checked out a bar between 60 - 80ft.
We were both there to shoot - my Dad was hunting lionfish with his speargun, while I was having fun shooting with my GoPro...


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November 16, 2016

10 Best Coffee & WiFi Spots in Barbados


Barbados is relatively new to the coffee/cafe scene, and has only been serving specialty coffees for a few very short years. Fortunately though, thanks to a constant flow of expats and visitors from around the world and the perseverance of some avid coffee enthusiasts, Barbados is now well on it’s way to providing stellar coffee to the island masses. This list will give you an insight into the islands’ expanding coffee scene and provide with some of the best spots to get your caffeine & WiFi fix (because the two tend to go hand in hand...) in Barbados. This list is also quite useful for groups and individuals who need free meeting locations.

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November 7, 2016

ASPIRE Foundation launches Charity Incubator & Certification Programme



The ASPIRE Foundation has just launched their 12 month Charity Incubator Programme!

The ASPIRE Foundation is a growing community of professionals, entrepreneurs, Third Sector leaders and creatives dedicated to helping social purpose organisations fulfil their potential.

The Charity Incubator Programme is open to any charity, non-profit or social enterprise in Barbados. This programme connects 5-8 high impact organisations annually with business support, seed funding and certification over a 12 month period. 

The average life of charities and non-profits in Barbados is less than 5 years due to challenges of administration and funding. The vision of the ASPIRE Foundation is to end this cycle, by providing access to sustainability tools—like the Charity Incubator Programme—so that these organisations have a fair chance to thrive and truly empower our communities.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on December 30th, 2016.

You can find out more about the programme here: http://aspirebarbados.org/

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November 3, 2016

IDB Barbados Civil Society Forum



I had the privilege of attending a really cool, FREE Forum yesterday, hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank. The IDB Barbados Civil Society Forum was a workshop for NGO leaders to network and gain knowledge to strengthen their institutional capacity. The Forum focused on innovative strategies to raise funds for the sustainable management of nonprofit organizations.
Unfortunately I could only make it to the second half of the Forum, but I made it in time for Shaun Ingrahams' presentation on the amazing work of the One Eleuthera Foundation in The Bahamas (Be sure to check them out!).
Some of the key points highlighted in the discussion following his presentation included:
  • The importance of Charity PR & Communications in raising funds and telling the story of your organisation
  • Understanding millennials and developing fundraising strategies that suit their needs and interests
  • Focussing on international fundraising
  • The more independence civil society can have, the more we can hold government accountable




My only concern about this event was that out of approximately 80 attendees, FOUR were under the age of 40 years old. If we're talking about the future of the charity/non-profit/Third Sector/Civil Society in Barbados, shouldn't more young people be a part of that conversation?
Here are some suggestions:
  • The IDB needs to make a point to target more young civil society leaders
  • Young people need to share this information amongst their networks when it's made available to them, and stress the importance of them attending a FREE event!

It was a really great event and I hope to be able to attend more in the future, with more of my peers by my side.

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November 1, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week Barbados

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual, global event, celebrated from November 14th – 20th, 2016. This year, the theme is “Building Sustainable Businesses; Strengthening the S.P.I.N.E.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.Thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. 
Here in Barbados, GEW has grown substantially over the last few years.  You can find a list of 2016 events taking place in Barbados here.

On November 14th, I'll be attending the Entrepreneurs' Roundtable Discussion - Barriers to Moving Forward, hosted by the Barbados Youth Business Trust, which will be a discussion focussed on addressing challenges that entrepreneurs face in Barbados. Should make for a lively discussion!

Women's Entrepreneurship Day falls during this week and I will be attending a breakfast event at the Hilton Hotel called "WE matter: Supporting Each Other" on November 16th. Tickets are Bds$30 (US$15) and I would like to encourage any female entrepreneurs to attend! It will be a great opportunity to network with some very interesting and inspiring business women.

Interestingly, anyone can host an event during GEW and register it on the GEW website (once it fits certain criteria) but this also makes things a bit confusing as not everyone registers their event on the website, so unfortunately the list I shared above does not include all of the events taking place during that time.

Are there any other events taking place during this week that we should know about?Please let me know in the comments below!

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