In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Barbados (17 – 23 November) Blue Waters Productions, producers of “Bank on ME”, in association with Scotiabank are hosting a series of activities in partnership with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT).

The events entitled ‘Meet & Greet the Contestants‘ are an opportunity for the public to interact with the contestants of the second season of Bank on ME – “the reality show that means business.” They will be able to learn more about the contestants’ products and services and purchase them at these events.

Lisa Cole, Scotiabank sixth from left coming to support the Bank on ME Bank on ME Contestants at the Multi National Fair

Lisa Cole, Scotiabank (sixth from left) coming to support the Bank on ME Bank on ME Contestants at the Multi National Fair

Prior to the week officially being launched, the Bank on ME contestants showcased their products and services at The Multi National Fair, Foursquare Rum Distillery and Park on Sat, 15 November for the first Meet & Greet of the week. Other planned events are to be held…

  • Tuesday, 18 Nov at Scotiabank, Haggatt Hall 11 am to 2 pm Meet & Greet the contestants of the show
  • Wednesday, 19 Nov Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Female contestants of the show will be featured on part of The Mid Morning Mix, CBC TV who is dedicating their entire show to women entrepreneurs. Alison Saunders, Director & Executive Producer of ‘Bank on ME‘ will also be interviewed as an entrepreneur.
  • Friday, 21 Nov at Scotiabank – Broad Street 10 am to 2 pm Meet & Greet the contestants of the show
  • Sunday, 23 Nov – Alison Saunders is also a panellist at an event entitled “Entrepreneurship in the Spotlight” with a panel discussion on the theme “Is Entrepreneurship the Solution for Job Creation?” which will address the question of the viability of entrepreneurship as a career option.

It will be taped before a live studio audience at the Caribbean Media Corporation offices.
Alison Saunders, Director & Executive Producer of the show said: “Our show is all about promoting entrepreneurship in Barbados and the Caribbean. BYBT has been a Bank on ME partner from Season One, and we are delighted to partner with them on Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Access to finance has been identified as a priority need for small business in the Caribbean, so we are preparing our contestants to be able to access a wide range of financial opportunities which we put at their disposal. This includes equity from angel investors, loans, grants, and this year we are seriously pursuing diaspora and crowd funding. They’ve also been able to increase sales through media exposure and provide access to major contracts through networking.

She continued: “This season the public can vote on our website or via our social media platforms for any of the 24 contestants for the People’s Choice Award. Voting is currently and the winner will be announced in in February 2015 during the broadcast of the Finale of the show. The public will also soon be able to make contributions to some of their favourite contestants’ businesses through crowd funding platforms.”

Cardelle Fergusson, Organiser of the GEW Barbados events said: “Barbados Youth Business Trust is excited to host Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014. GEW 2014 seeks to sensitize the general public about the player in the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Barbados.

The aim is: “Increasing Partnerships and Improving Networks“. We will be collaborating with and highlighting the companies in the entrepreneurship field, while showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit of Barbadians and the businesses they have started and continue to successfully operate. There has been an increase in interest and partners, and together we will ensure a successful and impactful Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.

Lisa Cole, Senior Marketing Manager, Scotiabank said: “We’re excited to be part of a number of initiatives during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Entrepreneurship is at a dynamic stage in Barbados and we’re pleased to support the sector. We’re looking forward to welcoming Bank on Me contestants into our branches to meet the community.”

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