Friday 29 September 2017

The British Council in collaboration with Deloitte Canada will be hosting a two-day workshop at Hotel Four Seasons. The workshop, which will take place on October 2nd and 3rd, will bring together stakeholders from across the UK, Canada, and the Caribbean entrepreneurial ecosystem to identify new opportunities for building alliances and sharing cross-border lessons learned through the participation of Communitech, a leading Canadian accelerator.

On October 2, Deloitte will be leading the charge on accelerating the start-up and small and medium-sized business communities. Through engaging discussions and interactive sessions, the focus will be on building the foundations of a start-up ecosystem, learning from leading global examples of successful start-up ecosystems, and developing key partnerships for success. Communitech will be providing an in-depth look at how they have successfully created partnerships across Canada and globally and sharing how their approaches can be applied globally.

On October 3, the British Council will examine how social enterprises address social and environmental issues through innovative solutions that improve the lives of people in our communities and society. “The aim is to provide a better understanding of social enterprises from the UK context, in addition to a more focused representation of the Jamaican context and the value it brings to supporting social change and sustainable development,” explained Damion Campbell, Social Enterprise and Youth Engagement Programme Manager at the British Council.

Participants will also get to exchange ideas on the best practices required to take the social enterprise agenda forward as a means of enhancing socio-cultural development through a collaborative approach. Among the organizations that will be represented are Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries, FHI 360 Project, Digicel Group, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC). 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

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