“I’m no longer scared about putting myself or my ideas out there,” said Nakiya Nehaul, a mobile entrepreneur from Barbados whose own dyslexia inspired her to create an app for educating children with learning disabilities. Her sentiments echo those of several women with whom she had just shared training in the Grow Your Business (GYB) Workshops held in Antigua from April 1-3 and St. Lucia during April 8-10.
Other participants spoke highly of their experiences at the workshops, from their bonding with peers and trainers to the knowledge gained from their immersion in the GYB methodology.
“The last three days have been awesome,” said Trinidad & Tobago’s Madonna Corrian, the woman behind M.A.D.E (My App for Disasters and Emergencies), “the sessions gave us real world examples to work with. I came here at the risk of losing my day job, and today I have no regrets. If we all keep in touch, we’ll make a better Caribbean.”
For Denise Carew, from Modern Equator, a design and product consulting business, her experience in the workshops was nothing short of inspiring. “As an entrepreneur, you can spend a lot of time alone or focused, not interacting with different type of people. I intend to shed some of my fears about partnerships, knowing that the Caribbean is so small you need to work together. And there are several people here that I’ll be working with.”
Over three days in Antigua and St. Lucia, women from across the Caribbean learned more about themselves, the strengths of their products and the business-building tools available from the Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC) through the infoDev initiative, which is part of its Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) in partnership with the Canadian government.
A total of 49 women entrepreneurs took part in the three-day workshops,representing growth-oriented and innovative businesses. They underwent intensive training in GYB methodology aimed at strengthening their skill sets, networking acumen and access to mentoring, markets and finance. So far, 100 innovative growth entrepreneurs have been trained since 2013.
For more information on infoDev’s Grow Your Business workshops, to join WINC’s community, contact WINC at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WomenInnovatorsNetworkCaribbean.