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OECS Announces 30 Under 30 Campaign Winners

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OECS Media Release

Thursday, May 25, 2017 — The OECS Commission is pleased to announce that after five months, and over one hundred applications from young business men and women throughout the region, the top 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs have been chosen.

The selected cohort represent a diverse cross section of industries, including Food and Beverage, Art and Photography, Business, Technology, Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Social Development, Sports, Photography and Entertainment.

OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, commended this initiative that seeks to bolster the creativity of the region’s youth.

 “At the center of this effort is youth development. The youth demographic is among the most disadvantaged segment of the population characterised by unacceptably high rates of unemployment; therefore youth empowerment and entrepreneurship must be a priority if we are to drive the change we all seek.”

“It is the hope that this initiative will provide the support that these young entrepreneurs need to take their businesses to the next level,” Dr. Jules said.

Winners will receive business support from the OECS Competitive Business Unit in the form of mentorship, to aid their professional and business development; technical assistance in sourcing markets; and financial assistance.

Through its Youth Empowerment Strategy (YES), the OECS Commission opened nominations for its inaugural 30 Under 30 in Entrepreneurship initiative in November of 2016 and extended the nominating period until March 31, 2017.

Eligible entrepreneurs had to be 30 years old or younger at the time of nomination, and be a citizen or resident of an OECS Member State. All eligible applications were considered despite business size, years of operation, and business industry.

Details on the official 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony will be shared in the coming weeks.

 

OECS 30 Under 30 Winners
NameCountryIndustry
Mr. Akeem EdwardsAntigua & BarbudaFood & Beverage
Mr. Regis BurtonAntigua & BarbudaSocial Business
Mr. Winston LavilleAntigua & BarbudaAgriculture
Miss Sharie De CastroBritish Virgin IslandsEducation
Mr. Mitch Jno CharlesCommonwealth of DominicaAgriculture
Mr. Oudin SamuelCommonwealth of DominicaWebsite Design
Mr. Sherwin ThomasCommonwealth of DominicaEntertainment & Media
Mr. Prince F. ThomasGrenadaAgriculture
Miss Tereika PetersGrenadaFood & Beverage
Mr. Shakim J. FortuneGrenadaFood & Beverage
Mr. Jacques SanquerMartiniqueConsulting
Mr. Sébastien CélestineMartiniqueCulture & Entertainment
Miss Sasha HerbertSt. Kitts & NevisArt & Entertainment
Mr. Dijaun JackSt. Kitts & NevisBusiness & Personal Service
Mr. Janeel BoonSt. Kitts & NevisComputers, Communications & Electronics
Mr. Shane BrowneSt. Kitts & NevisShopping & Specialty Services
Miss Desi BrownSt. Kitts & NevisCreative Enterprise & Business and Personal Services
Mr. Wendel GeorgeSt. LuciaSports & Recreation
Mr. Larry Shepherd St. LuciaConstruction & Renovation
Mr. Nyus AlfredSt. LuciaSports & Recreation
Mr. Jonathan TheobaldsSt. LuciaComputers, Communications & Electronics
Miss Kenisha Jn BaptisteSt. LuciaConstruction & Renovation
Miss Kandice DeliceSt. LuciaShopping & Specialty Stores
Mr. Denell FloriusSt. LuciaPublic Utilities & Environment
Mr. Randy LafontaineSt. LuciaPhotography, Automotive & Tourism (respectively)
Mr. Johanan DujonSt. LuciaAgriculture
Miss Heidi C. St. ClairSt. LuciaChild Care Services
Mr. Anton VolneySt. LuciaBusiness & Personal Service
Mr. Javid CollinsSt. Vincent & the GrenadinesPhotography
Mr. Jeronnie RichardsonSt. Vincent & the GrenadinesMessenger & Courier, Online Marketing & Advertising

The OECS Commission extends hearty congratulations to all the winners.

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