Young Barbadian Entrepreneurs to launch new health ice-cream this weekend in Bridgetown
Students of the 2011 Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) will launch a new healthy choice ice cream on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at a mini-fair called “Sweet Eats and Treats,” in National Heroes Square, Bridgetown.
Each year, participating YES students are split into groups and asked to utilize the skills learnt in the 9-months Business programme to create an innovative product or service and launch it to the public for one day as part of the practicum business module. This forces the students to think creatively; source start-up finances; undertake market research; perform financial forecasting and risk analysis; create a marketing and sales plan and ultimately make a profit on their initial investment.
Team leader and founder of Chyi’anne’s Natural Blends, Juanne Odle, said that she came up with the idea to create natural blend drinks because her daughter dislikes porridge and she needed a delicious way to get her to consume oats and barley. Similar ingredients will be used to make the ice-cream, Chyi’anne’s Twist.
Marketing Manager of the team, Shamkoe Pilé stated that the Sweet Eats and Treats mini-fair will give Barbadians the opportunity to taste traditional foods like coconut, mango, oats and barley in an innovative and mouth-watering way. “With two ice cream flavours available, coconut and mango, patrons will be able to indulge in the creamy treats while reaping the nutritional benefits of special ingredients: oats, barley, soya and linseed,” she said.
The Sweet Eats and Treats mini-fair will feature face painting, henna body art and a fish showcase with some of the island’s most impressive Koi.