CELEBRATE | July 24, 2019

JA Bioplastics Takes Top Prize for Jamaica Finals of Entrepreneurship World Cup

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St. Catherine, Jamaica- JA Bioplastics is a startup that uses biotechnology to create plant-based plastic materials, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Jamaica.

Jordan Freeman, founder of JA Bioplastics says “Locally in Jamaica some single-use plastic is banned, as do many other countries. Manufacturers are left without a solution and we will provide them with natural resins/pellets that they can use to mold and produce single-use plastic."

“Our alternative uses Biotechnology to offer a natural and biodegradable solution. This allows manufacturers to create; shopping bags, straws, plates, and cutlery. As well as providing our clients with a triple bottom line effect such as social, environmental and economic benefits.” says Freeman.  

Our product has potential based on if it has universal adoption to replace up to 40% of synthetic plastic saving the environment from $1 trillion of damages.

JA Bioplastics uses biotechnology we are able to create plant-based plastic materials and resins that have the following properties; 100% degradable in soil, compo-stable, water-soluble and fire-retardant properties. The startup has potential based on if it has universal adoption to replace up to 40% of synthetic plastic saving the environment from $1 trillion of damages.

 JA Bioplastics emerged victorious from a pool of 67  contestants who applied – each receiving access to free virtual training services to help them take their venture to the next level. 

Other finalists at EWC Jamaica  included: 

  • SKOLASTIK OASIS CARIBBEAN  - a program that seeks to bridge the gap between students and tertiary education financing, through the identification of scholarships, and the provision of application support.

  • Mamavenaskitchen-  Local restaurant (Homestyle Kitchen) serving authentic, delectable and heart-warming Jamaican meals.

  • Te'-Lor Woolery-Eugene - a mobile and web application offering S.T.E.A.M.projects and tasks in a teachable, enjoyable format to support the existing formal education system. 

 

More than 102,000 contestants from 184 countries entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from the idea stage to growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another at the Misk Global Forum ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019.

EWC is an initiative led by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Misk Global Forum with support from a collection of national and global partners, including the Global Educational and Leadership Foundation and GSVlabs.

Ana Maria Torres is the Director of the Entrepreneurship World Cup at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. She has been adviser and consultant for… About the author