Belize Holds a Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo For GEW
Brenden Chaney @brendenchaney
Nov 16, 2012
In celebration of GEW, the Youth Business Trust Belize held an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo on Tuesday, November 13th, at the Princess Hotel.
Students of 18 high schools from across the country and the marketing class of the University of Belize showed what is possible when innovative ideas wed marketing tactics. The college students were challenged to introduce a product or service to the community. That challenge led to the introduction of organized paint-gun target practice, a shop that sells fine wines, a proposal for a day care center, barbecue sauce production, sweet and sour sauce production, ice cream parlour, eco-friendly jewelry shop, a museum that focuses on the day-to-day lives of British Honduras residents and a few other equally impressive projects.
The projects were completed for a grade however, many of the students expressed plans to introduce their businesses to the wider community. The secondary school students participated in an innovation competition. They were all given a few pieces of primary equipment such as steel and rope and from there, they invented specialized lamps, desk organizers, cosmetics organizers, a Bikini brand,wine holder and multipurpose bags among others. At the end of the expo, Belmopan Comprehensive School edged out Maud Williams High to win the national competition for innovation and creativity. Toledo Community College finished third. Cash prizes were awarded to all three schools.
Diana Gomez, General Manager of Youth Business Trust said that the event was more about networking than competition. All high schools were invited to get an opportunity to see what other students their age are doing. Gomez hopes that participants will be motivated after seeing the projects of other students. She said it is important to strengthen the entrepreneurial force because it is responsible for job creation and national economic growth. After presenting their projects as individual groups, the students gathered at the center of the room and danced to live entertainment by Supa G.