Global Entrepreneurship Week has burgeoned as the international driver of entrepreneurial development at reciprocal levels; because of the phenomenal impact of GEW on the global landscape, more sustainable partnerships have been created thereby transcending ecosystems at a macro level. The 2019 themes - Ecosystem, Education, Inclusion and Policy imbued creative perspectives within the diverse stream of events that were hosted throughout the many communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Workshops, Exhibitions, Awards’ Ceremonies, Agrimediathons, Radio Marathons, Symposia, Educational Forums, Sales’ Training, Panel Discussions aimed at influencing government policy, TecYOUth conference, Expos, Business Planning Sessions were some of the events that dominated the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of GEW 2019.
Stealing the spotlight for GEW 2019, was the hosting of two (2) major expositions by the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association and the Trinidad and Tobago Hearing Impaired; entrepreneurs from both groups were extremely grateful for this unique opportunity to be afforded an enabling space to showcase their products which no doubt received raving reviews; the inclusion of these minority groups can be best described as historic, and would definitely change the entrepreneurial narrative for future GEW commemorations as they were warmly welcomed by the broader national community.
Holding the reigns as local host for the past nine (9) years, Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago (YBTT) has been able to successfully galvanize partners from across the widest cross-section of business sectors including Power 102FM; Tech4Agri; Exim Bank of Trinidad and Tobago; export; The Timely Entrepreneur; NEDCO; TSTT b-mobile; JBannister Branding Limited; NSSEC; Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association; Printree/Docucentre/SAAP; CARIFIC Coaching Consulting Limited; Choice-HR Limited; CARIRI; Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs; Trinidad & Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired; Keron McLeish; Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business; We Say Y.E.S. Organization; Auxesis Business Services; Cash Flow Club; Market Movers; The League of ExtraOrdinary Entrepreneurs; `Bead Cafế; COSTAATT; Banker’s Association of Trinidad & Tobago and the Entrepreneur Hub.
GEW has branded itself as an annual staple in the Caribbean as evidenced by interest shown by diverse stakeholders including start-ups, early-stage and mature entrepreneurs, students, educators, investors, funding organizations, government ministers, captains of industries, chambers of commerce, state agencies, government ministries, mentors and advisors and every individual and/or group operating within the national ecosystem.
Sandrine Rattan, Project Co-ordinator,
Stakeholder Relations & Communications,
Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago (YBTT)