Youth in Business Summit, a hub for young entrepreneurs

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Youth in Business Summit scheduled for May 23-24, is expected to provide a hub for young entrepreneurs to start or expand their own businesses. The two-day summit forms part of the National Youth Week activities.

Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael.

Director of Culture, Melissa Carmichael, during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), said that the summit is planned to encourage the entrepreneurship drive of young people. The summit, according to the Youth Director, is an initiative stemming from the National Youth Policy since statistics have indicated a high level of unemployment among youths in Guyana.

Carmichael explained that the summit will provide “young people with an opportunity to receive pertinent information as it relates to planning for their business, starting their business and moving towards extending, expanding and hiring. It also provides a space for young people to make business proposal pitch to a panel of judges to receive linkage to possible startup funding.”

Participants will also have the opportunity to network with some major stakeholders, therefore, Carmichael is urging youths to submit innovative proposals that could be implemented in the development of their communities. She is calling on interested persons to be registered as early as possible since the summit will provide the opportunity to secure a grant or a loan without the usual hassle.

“You must be registered to be a part of the activity. So young people have an opportunity now to come in a fill out the registration forms and then to submit their proposals. Of course, proposals must be submitted before the activity” Carmichael explained.

Registration for the summit closes on April 16. The Youth Director also highlighted that the summit is not restricted to young people in Georgetown since the Department is catering for persons in far-flung areas; meals, accommodation, and transportation will be provided to those who are interested.

Additionally, interested persons can visit the Youth Department on Middle Street or call +592-226-7144 for more information.

 

By: Isaiah Braithwaite

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