eLab 2016 – a highlight of November’s Global Enterprise Week in BVI
Barnes PR – As the Virgin Islands prepares to join 130 countries around the world for the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016, observed from November 14 – 20, Barnes PR is once again participating in the international celebration of innovators and job creators by hosting its first regional entrepreneurship conference, eLab 2016, as part of its week of activities.
The two-day conference, held Nov 15-16, will bring entrepreneurs in the creative, retail and professional services fields from Overseas Territories around the region through the major sponsorship from the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Small Medium Entrepreneurship (COSME) programme and will provide them with concentrated information in the areas of business development, marketing, intellectual property, accounting, product development and social enterprise.
With the objective of the conference being to strengthen the overall capacity of entrepreneurs to run their businesses more effectively, while providing networking opportunities amongst regional entrepreneurs, GOPA Key Expert and Team Leader for COSME, Diana Hendrickson-Fleming believes that the conference provides the perfect opportunity to fulfill the mandate of the COSME programme.
“With COSME’S overall objective being to contribute to the sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of Caribbean OCTs, Global Entrepreneurship Week and this conference in general, will provide us with the opportunity to provide entrepreneurs from OCTs with the tools to enhance their businesses,” she said.
Participating entrepreneurs will be given the chance to inspire and share insights from their entrepreneurship journey with talks around the Territory, something, founder of Barnes PR, Sachkia Barnes, believes is essential to preserving the spirit of entrepreneurship.
“As GEW continues to grow in its existence in the Virgin Islands, at Barnes PR we believe that the week of activities should be aimed at feeding and developing the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in the Territory, by allowing young people and all aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from the struggles and triumphs of others.”
Barnes said the week of activities also provides a means of showing communities the value of entrepreneurs. “While a big part of what we have been doing over the past three years serves to encourage entrepreneurs, we also see the efforts as a way to encourage community members, our customers and potential customers, to understand the value – whether it be a service, products, innovation or jobs, we offer our immediate communities.”
Other events for GEW VI 2016 include: a panel discussion on the Importance of Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies on November 16 at the Eileen L. Parsons auditorium on the H Lavity Stoutt Community College campus and Ideas and Cocktails, a pop-up shop and networking mixer for entrepreneurs held November 17 at the JR O’Neal Botanical Gardens.
Registration for the conference is underway and interested entrepreneurs can register at www.barnespr.com where a registration fee of $100 dollars will be charged, which covers all conference material and a reserved vending space for the participants’ business at Ideas and Cocktails. Registration ends November 8th, 2016.