ONE OF the successes of the Scotia Bank $20 Challenge says this foundation is a critical launching pad for young entrepreneurs. In 2016, Aidan Charles won the challenge and the award for Innovation And Culinary Arts with the successful launch of his business, Bajan Essential Cuisine. Now 18 years old, Charles said he has been able to maintain his business and repeat clientele, though on a small scale because of school obligations. Charles, who was on hand to help mentor some of the participants in the ninth edition of the challenge during their market place held at Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, [...]
As you know MYP4’s Sophie and Alexandra’s businesses were short-listed as finalists for the eighth cycle of the BEF’s national $20 Challenge and this involved both of them presenting to a panel of six judges at the end of our half-term break. You will have seen their achievements being visually celebrated on the Secondary School’s Wall of Fame in the main hall foyer. Saturday night saw the glitzy culmination of our involvement in this year’s cycle as we attended the Awards & Cocktail Reception. Both Codrington businesses won two of the evening’s top categories. Sophie’s GlassGo took the Excellence in Recycling [...]
2017-18 saw us set up and run 15 different businesses: Simply Snacks (Adam Douangprachanh) - frosted cookies Werewolf (Aliyah-Lise Kamuragiye) - a card game Liquid Gold (August Kuhn)- a caramel sauce Spectrum (Ava Goldstein) – an organic facial product range Oshun Spice (Brian Muhoza) - a food spice & marinade Stresstermination (Christian Simpson) – a stress reliever toy Ring Comics (Christopher Simpson) - comics Clean Face (Darric Taylor) - a facial scrub for teenagers Drifts (Harry Mumby) – candle holders made from driftwood recycled from local beaches Black Out (Laurenne Mottley) - a charcoal-based facial product Mind-Reset (Marika Kovasics) – a [...]
So what has happened this year so far? We had two businesses that were highly commended, ran by Alexa (Bliss Blend) & Edward (Ed's Colouring Cards). We also won four of the top eight category prizes: Excellence in Branding - Emilie & Sara (Nature) 2. Innovation in Health & Culinary Arts - Aidan (Bajan Essentials) 3. Excellence in Research & Development - Emilie & Sara (Nature) again! 4. Niche market & spirit of entrepreneurship - Anais & Melissa (Aroma Lite) We were also crowned joint national overall champions too, with our very own Nature - Sara & Emilie! Again! This is the now [...]
Classroom to Boardroom (C2B) 2016 Back in October 2016 I sat in a corporate boardroom in awe of the outcomes of a young woman’s leadership and of two people who worked so hard and presented like consummate professionals. The people that filled me with pride were our very own Saskia (DP 2) and Saxon & Nico (DP 1). Saskia had spent the week leading a team of 30 people (whom in the main she had never met before) to present solutions in response to a very real challenge. The challenge was set by one of the Caribbean's leading companies, Harris Paints. [...]
Saturday 12th March saw the Ceremony for the 2015-16 BEF (Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.) Flow $20 Challenge at the Concorde Experience. The challenge gives all fourth and fifth formers in EVERY school in Barbados the opportunity to run his/her own business. As many of you will know, this year ALL MYP 4 students took part in the challenge this year and each ran his/her own business which meant many students put in many extra hours outside of school, on his/her own, with a partner or in a three; we had seven businesses running in total! The BEF had ‘got them going’ [...]
What began as a school challenge for a secondary school student has not turned into a passion. Fifteen year old Amber Mckenzie of Codrington school is on a mission to get the defunct Society Primary School back on the track; and she has begun with the donation of over $2,000 --- which she made from the sale of organic mosquito lotion. The fifth former was given $20 and a six week deadline to start a business or manufacture a product, as part of her business management school project under the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation.