The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) Columbus $20 Challenge crowned a new Champion, while awarding 13 of Barbados’ newest very incisive enterprising entrepreneurial finalists at the Award Ceremony just held at Hilton Barbados.
Niall Sheehy, managing director of Columbus said “we are committed to partnering with organizations like the BEF to assist with motivating and celebrating these young people who participated in the BEF Columbus $20 Challenge, particularly those who excelled to be finalists. They achieved new levels of success and significance in the business world and in charity. All these students created a flow of business savvy, which spoke to their commitment to entrepreneurial excellence.”
In lauding the finalists, Sheehy said he was particularly impressed especially with the three young ladies who were presented with the Columbus awards, noting that they showed tenacity and drive. Amber McKenzie from The Codrington School was selected the Overall Champion for her business Organic Essentials while two students of Deighton Griffith – Taliya Motley-Haynes and Jayde Adams won the Columbus Special Prize for the Most Market Ready Business for their business Bajan Cravings.
Sheehy said, “Amber McKenzie walked away as the coveted Overall Champion because she carried out her trade with the corporate shrewdness that many businesses ignore – as she included a focus group to ensure that her product was one of need and use; successfully designing, branding and creating the means and convenience to deliver her product to her customers. And to top it off, she showed excellent corporate citizenship by donating to a charity that is of significant meaning to her.”
Sheehy further noted that special Columbus Prize winners “Taliya and Jayde took traditional Bajan treats that are significant to their culture and added a new twist making their products most sought after. They found their niche in an industry that is flooded and their business has continued to strive.” They both received a Samsung tablet, 3 months of free FLOW video and broadband service and 1 month internship at Columbus.
Upon receiving from Columbus, a cheque for $1000, a Samsung tablet, 1 year free Flow video and broadband service and the opportunity to intern at Columbus, Amber said, “The BEF Columbus $20 Challenge was less of a challenge, and more of an experience. It taught me time management, to have a good attitude and not to freak out when things go wrong. It was a great way to see how you can work in the future“. However, she added that she would be donating the money to Save Society Foundation. She also received an additional opportunity to intern at Blueprint Creative.
Taliya and Jayde said the BEF was very useful as it showed them both what they can do for themselves in the future. Taliya added: “We will definitely continue the business. We will continue to take orders and work through the Easter and summer breaks.”
For more information on the journey of the BEF Columbus $20 Challengers, including their market place experience and their awards night, check out Flow Barbados Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FlowBarbados/ or Flow Barbados Twitter page at https://twitter.com/flowbarbados for when it will be aired on Flow TV channel 99.