Twenty young entrepreneurs are currently being mentored here by twenty experienced business persons from the local community.
The “20 meets 20, Mentorship Programme” was announced here in January of this year, as part of activities to mark Saint Lucia’s 40th Anniversary of Independence.
The Independence 40 committee engaged in dialogue with the Small Enterprise Development Unit, SEDU, of the Department of Commerce and the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, to plan and implement the initiative.
On June 4th 2019, a training exercise was held between the 20 young entrepreneurs selected and their mentors, at the Golden Palm Conference Center in Rodney Bay. This was followed by an exhibition of the work of the participants and a business mixer.
The startup applicants are between the ages of 18 and 35, and must be in operation for not more than 5 years and registered with the registry of companies or SEDU.
The programme culminates in December 2019 with an award ceremony.
Some of the areas covered by the young entrepreneurs on exhibit included 3D printing, food catering, company, jewelry and accessories, clothing and textiles recycling, eco-tours and organic chocolate tea, breading mix and hair and body care.
Participant of the 20 Meets 20 mentorship programme