Sir Richard Launches Caribbean Centre of Entrepreneurship

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News Americas, MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Fri. Sept. 9, 2011: The pioneering founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, is focusing on entrepreneurship in the Caribbean.

A new facility committed to growing entrepreneurship in the Caribbean region welcomed opened in Montego Bay Thursday, welcoming its first intake of 14 young entrepreneurs.

The Centre is operated by Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, and Virgin Holidays, the UK’s number one long haul holiday company. It will provide aspiring entrepreneurs with a launch pad for their businesses and a platform for job creation across the Caribbean.

“I’ve been so moved by the energy and drive from the entrepreneurs I have seen today. While the Centre will be a resource, the true spirit will come from the Caribbean people who are taking bold steps to improve their communities and regenerate the economy,” said Sir Richard. “We are looking for more partners to join us so we can help businesses grow, create job opportunities and inspire the next generation. The Caribbean is a special place, and one I am happy to call home. I’m thrilled we are all coming together to support the region.”

The centre’s first intake includes: Seascape Caribbean – dedicated to restoring the coral reefs of the Caribbean coastline and Leanne Talbot of Island Cycle – helping to turn waste in the Caribbean into usable products.