Tuesday 27th October 2020 saw the culmination of the Get In The Ring St. Lucia 2020 Competition. After a two week journey, the six finalists faced off in the ring at the Gros Islet Human Resource Centre before a panel of five Champion Jurors.
The showdown began at 2:00PM and consisted of three battle rounds. After the three intense battle rounds and questions from the Champion Jurors, Sindiwe Sealy of Ewitaj, Laura Jn. Pierre of InVictus and Jade Hutchinson of Noah Energy were the top three selected to move on to a final knock out round. They were then each given another opportunity to convince the Champion Jurors why their startup should represent St. Lucia on the Global Stage, in Montreal Canada.
Laura Jn. Pierre of InVictus ultimately emerged victorious and has won an all-expense paid trip to participate in the Global Meetup in February 2021. InVictus’ innovation, as pitched by Ms. Jn. Pierre, is a Life Cube Desalinator – a sea water converting unit which revolutionizes the treatment of resultant effluent rendering it harmless to the environment while using solar energy.
Summative remarks were delivered by Chief Champion Juror Mr. Jodi Boodho, the Vice Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia. He commenced by commending all finalists for their efforts, as well as their passion for and commitment to their business ventures. Mr. Boodhoo also reminded them that this platform should not be the end, but rather a catapult for their advancement both as individuals and entrepreneurs.
The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and GEW Saint Lucia would like to express immense gratitude to all who made Get In the Ring St. Lucia 2020 the grand success it was. It would not have been possible without our partners: the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, Invest Saint Lucia, the Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation, 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited, Digicel St. Lucia and AllBiz Limited and Calabash TV. Special thank you to our Champion Jurors Mr. Jodi Boodhoo, Mrs. Siobhan James-Alexander, Mr. Uwe Pfeffer, Mr. Greg Mathurin and Mr. Rankin Morgan.
The Get In the Ring St. Lucia 2020 Grand Battle was brodcased live via the GEW Saint Lucia Facebook page and via the Calabash TV YouTube Channel. All Competition highlights can be viewed on the GEW Saint Lucia pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.