FIVE “BANK ON ME” REALITY TV SERIES CONTESTANTS WOW JUDGES

The final five contestants were announced in the 4th episode of the Bank on ME reality TV Show, as they continue to vie for various forms of investment and an attractive prize package including $15,000 from presenting sponsor, Scotiabank.

Final 5 - TV series

Bank on ME is repeated every Thursday on CBC TV channel 8 at 12.30 pm.
Bank on ME is presented by Blue Waters Productions in association with Scotiabank with the support of Barbados Yellow Pages, Caribbean Export Development Agency, European Union, Merville Lynch Productions Inc., SFa Communications Inc, Fund Access, National Initiative for Service Excellence, Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, Human Resource Development Strategy Unit of the Ministry of Labour, Cave Hill School of Business, Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation, Dingolay, Alwyn Kirk Photos and Irie Foods.

The contestants who were selected to go forward to next week’s show are Dario Greenidge – Shine Vehicle Care Centre, Michael Holder – Blessed Rentals Inc, Janelle Mitchell – Smart Arts Room, Lia Gajadhar – Radix and Sean Carter – Rhema Cooling.

In the last episode, entrepreneurs attended a workshop on “Digital Marketing” hosted by Barbados Yellow Pages in association with Ian Walcott-Skinner of Global Expert Systems and received the challenge ‘Building Your Brand in Social Media‘. Dario Greenidge of Shine Vehicle Care Centre, this week’s challenge winner, convincingly presented a realistic revenue target over the next 12 months of operation and how he would achieve it.

Next week the five finalists will attend a workshop entitled ‘Being Export Ready’ hosted by Fund Access and receive the ‘Export Challenge’ where they must show how prepared their business is for the export market. This episode will be shown on Tuesday, 17 February on CBC TV8 at 8pm and streams live on www.cbc.bb.

As Guest Judge this week, Mr Walcott-Skinner stated: “”The contestants were very well prepared and did great research. It showed they obviously know a lot about their businesses. I was looking for creativity and innovation, as I like non-traditional marketing ideas and wanted to see contestants willing to try completely new or even crazy things to woo their prospects. The judging process was very fair and each judge was able to put forward his or her own case. I liked that in the end, there was a consensus on who should go forward. With such a system, it’s hard not to pick the right winner.”

Roxanne Gibbs mentor to Challenge winner, Dario Greenidge said: “I was so impressed with Dario’s passion for what he did; his ambition, energy and vision for Shine. He has listened intently, and followed the advice he was given from both myself and my business partner Jonathan Reid. He was not afraid to ask for help when he needed it. He will continue to do very well.”

Viewers can continue to vote for their favourite entrepreneur from all the contestants by voting for the “People’s Choice” on the Bank on ME website (bankonme.tv) or Facebook page. The winner announced at the finale will win $2,000.

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