Monday 18 November 2019 -
09:00 to 15:00

The British Council invites you to its second annual Global Social Enterprise Expo on 18 November 2019 at the Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel, Kingston. Come out and support the next wave of young social entrepreneurs and see the products and services that will help to drive change in our communities and country.


Global Social Enterprise Expo is an annual event put on by the British Council as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18-24) and is a strategic activity for the multiyear Social Enterprise in Secondary Schools Programme, a partnership with Victoria Mutual Foundation Limited.

In 2018, the event was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, where 13 of the 14 schools currently in the programme – St Elizabeth Technical, Montego Bay, Charlie Smith, Greater Portmore, Denbigh, Cumberland, Holland, Spot Valley, Glenmuir, Herbert Morrison Technical, Guy’s Hill, St Jago, and Westwood high schools – were present to engage with social enterprises/entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to gain more insight on the work it will take to set up their own social enterprises.

The aim of the Social Enterprise in Secondary Schools Programme is to increase students’ knowledge of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Using the British Council’s Social Enterprise in Schools Resource Pack, which also incorporates the British Council’s core skills, it is expected that this programme will help to address the gap in global skills development which is critical to meeting the needs of students in the 21st century in a globalised economy. In addition to the six core skills – critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and communication, creativity and imagination, citizenship, digital literacy, and student leadership – the programme will also include financial literacy as the seventh core skill.

Last year, students and teachers were able to engage the social enterprises and learn more about their journey over the years. The event was also one of the hundreds that participated globally in the social enterprise #WhoKnew digital campaign. Details on the 2019 #WhoKnew campaign can be found here:

This Year

The schools will be showcasing their social enterprises and we’re inviting the general public to come out and support the next wave of young social entrepreneurs and see the products and services that will help to drive change in our communities and country.

There will be:

  • A Social Enterprise Village featuring the schools.
  • A pitch competition where schools will be competing for a pool of funds towards their social enterprise.
  • Three separate panel discussions around the future of work, preparing youth for the fourth industrial revolution and resolving youth unemployment.
  • Launch of the British Council Social Enterprise Mapping Report

Sponsors and Supporters

Event Sponsors:

  • Global Shapers Kingston Hub
  • Community Renewal Programme
  • Planning Institute of Jamaica

Strategic partners:

Ministry of Education, Youth and Information

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

Jamaica Social Stock Exchange