VYBZING 2017 Forum

VYBZING Highlight Reel

May 25, 2017


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Final presentations reveal big ideas

April 28, 2017


On April 28, the third and final day of the Caribbean Bank Development’s (CDB) VYBZING Youth Forum closed with presentations by, and awards to, participants.

Some admitted that they were a little nervous about going before an expert lineup of judges, which included Pedro Ariza, Chairman of Chamber of Commerce, Grand Turk, and Chairman of CED Board of Directors;  Orieka Selver, Legal Compliance Officer, Invest TCI; and the Forum’s facilitators, Dr. Jo-anne Tull and Dexter Musgrave.

For three hours, five groups sold their mock business ventures to both the judges and the audience, which included Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Hon. Josephine Connolly and Director of Education, Edgar Howell.

Participants presented ideas such as hosting a Turks and Caicos Fashion Week; creating an entertainment club scene for creatives to showcase their talent; producing a “Boombashay Festival”, which promised to be bigger than any event ever staged in the TCI; and developing an app designed for local writers on which they could share their work with the world.

Angela Parris, Manager, Information Services Unit, CDB, said the group of participants showed impressive growth.

“We met them on Wednesday morning; they we’re a bit shy but they showed dedication, they showed commitment and they showed lots of energy. To do what they did in three days, was really amazing,” said Parris.

Lenkensey Missick was recognised as the most outstanding team leader and Ivena Spencer, leader of “The Millennials” team was named top performer of the Forum. Both were presented with self-help books, personally selected by the presenters, to reward their demonstrated and excellent leadership skills.

The winning team, which called themselves, “The Millennials”, was awarded a cash prize of USD1,000 for their concept of an app-based writers’ platform.

 The VYBZING Youth Forum, themed “Start Up and Stand Up: Promoting Creative Entrepreneurship among the Youth”, was organised by CDB, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, and Invest Turks and Caicos.  

The event ended with a dinner at which the awards were presented.

The VYBZING Youth Forum took place April 26-28, 2017 at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Providenciales. 

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Day two sets up young entrepreneurs for final pitches

April 27, 2017


When the second day of the VYBZING Youth Forum wrapped up on April 27, participants left with a better understanding of the importance of good record-keeping, intellectual property rights and effective branding. The young people, grouped into teams for the event, also learned how to effectively pitch business ideas and concepts in five minutes.

In the pitching exercise, the teams put together marketing plans for businesses and presented them in an open-critique session. Participants received honest input from facilitators, Dr. Jo-anne Tull and Dexter Musgrave, whose insights polished the teams’ projects, ahead of day three.

Rupert Gibson, a graphic designer and printer from North Caicos, said he appreciated the information on property rights shared by attorney with Invest Turks and Caicos, Oreika Selver and found advice from facilitators to be sound as he pursues a full fledge business.

“He [Dexter] told us that when you are presenting your ideas or your business plan, you must make it feel real.  You are to present it as if you are telling a story and to remember that we are talking to people.  Not too many words, get to the point, sell yourself, know your stuff, be convincing and have passion about what you are selling.  Passion is a huge plus when you are selling your ideas,” said Gibson.

Friday will feature sessions on effective presentation skills, creating project plans, ethics and social responsibility. Participants will make competitive pitches to a panel of judges for a chance to win a lucrative prize. The final-day presenter roster includes John Rutherford, CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos, Sophia Thomas, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and Pedro Ariza of the Grand Turk Chamber of Commerce. 

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Youth VYBZING expected to heighten understanding for Creative Industry entrepreneurs

April 26, 2017


Young people from around the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are being encouraged to think of all of the possibilities for creative entrepreneurship and to put their ideas into action.

On April 26, the first day of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) VYBZING Youth Forum, launched at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa, there were warm welcomes and game-changing challenges issued to the 30 participants by representatives from CDB and the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services.

Deputy Permanent Secretary within the Ministry, Amin McCartney, spoke on behalf of the Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services.

“My Government is committed to raising achievements of all of you and we will continue to invest in you ensuring that you are prepared to be the innovators of today and tomorrow, that you are poised not just for jobs of the present and the future, but to be the influential owners and executives of this modern era,” he said.

Under the theme, “Start Up and Stand Up: Promoting Creative Entrepreneurship among the Youth,” the three-day Forum aims to give the new generation of entrepreneurs a competitive edge in the creative industries, by equipping them with the right tools and helping them build positive attitudes towards creative entrepreneurship.

“We are actually having them engaged in a creative entrepreneurship incubator. From the time they come in, they are going to start thinking about project ideas and concept ideas. Over the next three days, we are going to teach them how to shape ideas into viable businesses,” said Angela Parris, Manager – Information Services Unit (CDB).

Parris further explained that, guided by presentations on topics including the legalities, opportunities, and technical and investment support in the local market, the entrepreneurs, who are grouped into teams for the Forum, will establish a startup and ultimately be required to demonstrate how that new company could thrive in the marketplace.

Dr. Jo-Anne Tull, a seasoned researcher and creative consultant, and Dexter Musgrave, award-winning marketing practitioner, are facilitators for the sessions of the resident Forum.

The event, a partnership between the TCI Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Invest TCI and CDB, will also feature presentations by Turks and Caicos business professionals. Speakers include Chandra Craigg, Out of the Box Advertising; Jamell Robinson, Learn and Lead; Oreika Selver, Invest TCI and Sophia Thomas, Center for Entrepreneurial Development.

The opening day concluded with a reception, which Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson attended.

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Creative entrepreneurship in focus at the 2017 VYBZING Youth Forum

April 25, 2017


Over the next three days, youth in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will learn how to build a successful business in the creative industries at the 2017 VYBZING Youth Forum.

Under the theme, “Start Up and Stand Up: Promoting Creative Entrepreneurship among the Youth,” the interactive, resident Forum will engage participants in theoretical and practical exercises that will highlight key concepts in creative entrepreneurship.

Approximately 30 persons, ages 18 to 35 years old, are participating in the event. Topics include:

  • the building blocks of creative entrepreneurship;
  • opportunities for creative entrepreneurship in TCI;
  • conceptualising creative business project ideas;
  • social media platforms;
  • strategic marketing and branding; and
  • intellectual property and creative entrepreneurship.

The Forum is hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank through its youth outreach programme, VYBZING, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, and Invest TCI.

The VYBZING Youth Forum takes place from April 26 to 28, 2017 at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Providenciales.

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Start Up and Stand Up: Promoting Creative Entrepreneurship Among The Youth

Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa
April 26-28, 2017

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