Trinidad and Tobago joined over 160 countries around the world to celebrate “Global Entrepreneurship Week”, (GEW) the largest global celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors. November 14th – 20th officially marked GEW T&T 2016 with the national theme “Diversification Through Entrepreneurship,” targetingyouths under age 35. ADB partnered with GEW T&T lead organization Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago (YBTT) to host the Agriculture event, one of five (5) focus areas identified for the national conversation on diversification. The other areas are Technology, Tourism, Creative Industries and a Youth Forum. To promote youth entrepreneurship ADB through the Business Development Department choose the theme “Empowering Youths Through Agri-Entrepreneurship”, to encourage youths in secondary schools doing Principles of Business and Agri-Science to begin exploring the agriculture sector for entrepreneurial opportunities.
Young millenials from ASJA College Barrackpore, Fyzabad Secondary and Carapicahima Secondary journeyed up to the Chaguanas Borough Corporation Auditorium on Thursday, 10th November, 2016 to challenge each other on the topic “How is T&T Going to Feed Itself in 2025!”
These youths from rural areas in south and central Trinidad benefitted from motivational talks empowering them to think differently AND with pride in their contribution to their country via money making opportunities in the agri-sector. The entrepreneurial boot-camp company Launch Rockit took the students through an interactive segment where they were exposed to innovative agribusiness technologies to stimulate the entrepreneurial mindset and rethink the future of agriculture. A local innovator Mr. Anil Ramnanan gave an example by sharing his ‘Agri-Mate’ invention that allows remote monitoring of the water needs of your crop via a Twitter account on your smart phone. Our CEO Mr. Sheivan Ramnath delivered the key note address to encourage the students and remarked that he was pleased by the knowledge and research efforts shown in their presentations for the competition segment. He shared that the morning’s events highlighted the importance of the ‘D’ in ADB for DEVELOPMENT and our Corporate Social Responsibilities to engage young people as contributors to future new business and sector growth.
Highlights ADB / YBTT’s Agrisymposium event for GEW T&T 2016 :-
- Promotional displays by the ADB, Agri-Innovator ‘Soular’ and the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC).
- Hugely motivational talks by two special ADB guest speakers:
- ADB Success Story - third generation famer, President of the Bon Air Farmers Association/ Director Agriculture Society of T& T in charge of Youth , Mr. Frank Ali and
- Mr. Michael Parris, local television series ‘Planting Seeds’ Entrepreneur, promoting innovation and Green technologies in agro-processing of local organic fruits, vegetables and cocoa.
- Fyzabad Secondary School adjudged overall winner with their dramatic presentation and well researched essay/monologue by judging panel GM YBTT, ADB’s two guest speakers and ADB Manager Central (Ag) Ms. Nandani Maharaj.
- Live internet streaming by TSTT of the event.
Check out the YBTT GEW events host page for all the events and get excited about agriculture and other areas in the national convo on diversification!