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Canadian Startup Guru to Mentor J’can Entrepreneurs Through World Bank Sponsored Project

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Veteran start-up mentor and co-founder of the number-one ranked university incubator in North America Valerie Fox will arrive in Jamaica to mentor local entrepreneurs in a workshop aimed at fostering growth in Jamaican entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Workshop, facilitated by World Bank Group’s infoDev through its Accelerate Caribbean project, is part of an overall support for regional entrepreneurship development where stakeholders in over 13 CARICOM countries are being engaged with training in business incubation management.

Natalia Pipia, team leader of Accelerate Caribbean, said, “We are very excited to have Valerie lead our workshop. She has mentored over 300 startups and has more than 30 years of leadership in facilitating innovation throughout Canada and the world.”

Fox is a co-founder of The DMZ, formerly the Digital Media Zone, at Ryerson University in Ontario, Canada. The tech incubator has attracted and fostered the growth of 190 companies and has also enabled the development of Zone Startups India, an international startup accelerator located in the iconic Bombay Stock Exchange tower.

In detailing Jamaica’s current entrepreneurship ecosystem, Pipia said, “In some ways, it is more developed than others in the region but it could still benefit from greater leadership and structure. With this workshop, we are hoping to do a mapping of the ecosystem to figure out where the gaps are, and then make an actual plan to address them.”

The workshop will begin on Wednesday, June 22, at the Spanish Court Hotel at 8:30 a.m. and will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, business incubator managers, academics and government officials to focus on the challenges and opportunities in Jamaica’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

It will be followed by a Business Incubation Management training programme at StartUp Jamaica in downtown Kingston on Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day training will instruct in the areas of "Deals and Financing for Incubator Clients" and "Implementing a Mentoring Programme."

About Accelerate Caribbean

Accelerate Caribbean is a project designed by infoDev (The World Bank Group) as part of its Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC). EPIC is a seven-year $20M program funded by the Government of Canada that seeks to promote high-growth enterprises throughout the Caribbean. The project is implemented by IMC Worldwide Ltd in partnership with Koltai and Company, University of the West Indies Consulting and the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries.

For more information, please contact:

Tassia Stewart Alix Landais Alison Binger Christie
Communications Consultant Project Manager Communications Consultant
Accelerate Caribbean Accelerate Caribbean / IMC Worldwide World Bank Group
E: tassiastewart@gmail.com E: alix.landais@imcworldwide.com E: bingerchristie@worldbank.org
T: 876.833.4540 T: +44 (0) 1737 231400 T: 1.876.33.1155

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