Thursday, April 30th, 2015. BMG: Fifteen Caribbean woman entrepreneurs took part in the first-ever facilitators training for the Women’s Innovation Network of the Caribbean (WINC) program, a World Bank project funded via the Canada Development Bank and coordinated by the Enterprise Hub. Amongst these fifteen women was Belizean Virginia Rivera, the women gathered to share experiences and build strategies for future collaboration.
Besides their Caribbean heritage and passion for productivity, these go-getters had something else in common, each had been competitively selected to take part in the first-ever facilitators training for the Women’s Innovation Network of the Caribbean (WINC) program. The initiative is a World Bank project to support woman entrepreneurs in the region. The one-week workshop focused on teaching participants how to run courses targeted at other goal-oriented women in their home territory. Up to 10 of the 15 received funding to run the course for one year.
WINC is part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), which is being implemented by infoDev, a global multidonor program in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group, with support from Canada’s Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The program is being implemented across the region by Enterprise Hub a T&T-based company specializing in providing support services to a wide range of start-ups and established entrepreneurs.
Enterprise Hub founder and lead consultant Ashley Mitchell, himself an entrepreneur, said that “intermediary agencies,” such as the World Bank’s infoDev, can be a significant source of financial support for budding businesses. This latest WINC initiative, coordinated by the Enterprise Hub, covered eight subject areas including Marketing, Technology, Networking and Financial Management, giving Golden and others rich resource from which to draw for future growth.
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