A Jamaican high-school team has placed second in an international business challenge.
A team of Jamaican student entrepreneurs have placed second in the Diamond Challenge. This is the first time that Jamaica has took place in the international challenge. Team Jamaica was awarded for their participation in the Business Concept Competition.
The four inspirational students – who hail from Kingston and St Ann – have won over $6000 [£4800] in funding. A massive achievement, team Jamaica fought off competition from 700 other global teams. The competition was strong with many vying to finish in a respectable position.
The monetary investment supports their business venture. The student entrepreneurs have developed an innovative mobile app, named, the ‘BoltBot’. The BoltBot provides self-checkout services to supermarket customers.
The record-speedy app cuts the average time that shoppers wait in queues – solving the frustrations of many.
The Diamond Challenge is an international project delivered by the University of Delaware’s HORN Programme. The project offers high-school students an opportunity to transform their ideas into ‘real-world venture concepts’.
The project also exposes international students to a modern entrepreneurship programme –highlighting a great need for entrepreneurial education.
Students compete in their nations pitch events before going on to compete in Delaware, US. In Jamaica the project is managed by Next Gen Creators. The Next Gen Creators is an organisation that is on a mission to produce more entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.
The organisation empowers the youth, encouraging them to ‘take their ideas to the world’.
In an Instagram post the Next Gen Creators wrote, “we are looking forward to bringing future entrepreneurs to participate in the project”.
The organisation believes that Jamaican youth have the ‘potential to do amazing things’ when ‘given the right tools and opportunities’.
Daniel Chatani, a member of Jamaican team, commented on the achievement.
“My team mates and I are Thankful for the opportunity to showcase Jamaica’s young entrepreneurs to an international audience”.
Opportunities of this kind encourage youth across the globe to make a positive impact.