Two Vincentians are among the region’s top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 announced by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission.
The OECS said the 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs were chosen after a five-month process, with more than one hundred applications received before the list of 30 was announced.
The selected cohort represent a diverse cross section of industries, including food and beverage, art, photography, business, technology, agriculture, sustainable development, social development, sports, and entertainment.
Mr. Javid Collins and Mr. Jeronnie Richardson were the entrepreneurs chosen from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Mr. Richardson operates a Messenger and Courier, Online Marketing and Advertising business, while Mr. Collins does business in the area of photography.
OECS Director General Didacus Jules commended the initiative that seeks to bolster the creativity of the region’s youth.
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, the OECS Commission opened nominations for its inaugural 30 Under 30 in entrepreneurship initiative in November 2016, and extended the nominating period until 31 March this year.
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.