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Launch and Sensitization of Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition (YIC)

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The launch of Katalyxt 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition took place at the Jose Marti Technical High School on Thursday, November 2, 2017 and the sensitization followed on the 16 of November. There was excitement when several schools gathered to be stimulated by thought-provoking challenges delivered by the sponsors, industry stakeholders and organizers of Katalyxt YIC Programme. 
The theme of this year’s competition: “Planting the Seed of Entrepreneurship in Fertile Soil.” 

The launch kicked off with Moderator, Cheryll Stewart, welcoming all to the seventh (7th) staging of the Youth Innovators’ Competition and acknowledged the main sponsors and industry stakeholders: Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Limited, Jamaica National (JN), EXIM Bank Jamaica, Tru-Juice and Jamaica Producers. Katalyxt Team Leader, Winsome Minott, welcomed all to the launch and shared the team’s continuous commitment to providing tools, information, training and inspiration to students in our high schools to become innovators and job creators. Minott stressed the importance of being resilient in the face of adversity, ‘entrepreneurs always face problems, however, it is your attitude and our ability to preserve that allows one to become successful’. She ended her message on high note, having the students repeat the YIC mantra, ‘We are innovators, we are job creators, we are the best of the best! 

Mr. Marlon Williams (Senior Education Officer), represented Dr. Grace McLean’s office, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. He publicly announced the Ministry’s endorsement of the Youth Innovators’ Competition. Williams encouraged the students to make the best of the opportunities provided and to compete at the highest standard. 

Tyrone Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of eMedia Interactive was the guest speaker. He shared his entrepreneurial journey and gave the budding entrepreneurs useful tips on how to become successful. Tyrone is a youth from the Inner-city, never the less, he had big dreams to be a successful entrepreneur. His passion led to the preparation of his detailed and well thought out business plan. He introduced his idea to Mr. Chris Williams (Chief Executive Officer, Proven Wealth Management Limited), at a meeting of the Jamaica College Old Boys, and there he found a willing partner. Tyrone’s case confirms that when passion and preparation met opportunity there can be success. Other special guests, sponsors and industry stakeholders who attended the event were: Ms. Kereen Reid (Ministry of Education, Region 6); Ms. Karlene Segree (Ministry of Education) Mr. Carl Carram (eMedia Interactive/ iCreate).

The schools represented at the launch and sensitization includes: 

-Ardenne High School

- Bridgeport High School 

-Bustamante High School

-Calabar High School 

-Camperdown High School 

-Edith Dalton James High School

-Jamaica College 

-Jose Marti Technical High School

-Kingston College Kingston High School 

-Kingston Technical High School 

-Lennon High School 

-McGrath High School 

-Mona High School 

-Nain High School 

-Penwood High School 

-Roger Clarke High School 

-Tarrant High School 

-Vere Technical High School 

-Waterford High School 

-Wolmer’s Trust High School for Boys 

-Yallahs High School

Sensitization Workshop 2017/2018 

The sensitization workshop of Katalyxt 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition took place at Medallion Hall on Thursday, November 16, 2017. There was excitement when several schools were informed by Miss Minott about how innovative their fellow student counterparts are. Ms. Karene Reid (teacher, The Queen’s School) opened the session with a prayer. The Team Leader stressed the necessity to build on a solid foundation. Part of that foundation must be the training that students would receive during the 2017/2018 Youth Innovators’ Competition (YIC)’s year. Fundamental keywords and practices shared with the students, highlighting techniques that they will need to employ in order to become a successful entrepreneur include: Vision Perseverance Focus, Focus, Focus. Networking Skills Knowledge of Risk Ensure quality products and services Pursue your Passion Know your market Own your Financials Maintain Integrity Youth Innovators were introduced to Karl Hendrickson’s success story. They were also made aware of the dangers of becoming complacent in the field of business. These stories set the pace for the morning. The students then huddled into their groups for the breakout sessions. A breakout session in which the students were challenged to the following: Having a clear entrepreneurial vision Identify problems and solutions. Prepare a Business Plan as a road map. The sensitization workshop ended with the teams well aware of all the information needed and attitudes necessary for a success. 
Next Stop: Sensitization workshop/training for St. James, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth

Launch and Sensitization of Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition (YIC) 
The launch of Katalyxt 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition took place at the Jose Marti Technical High School on Thursday, November 2, 2017 and the sensitization followed on the 16 of November. There was excitement when several schools gathered to be stimulated by thought-provoking challenges delivered by the sponsors, industry stakeholders and organizers of Katalyxt YIC Programme. 
The theme of this year’s competition: “Planting the Seed of Entrepreneurship in Fertile Soil.” 
The launch kicked off with Moderator, Cheryll Stewart, welcoming all to the seventh (7th) staging of the Youth Innovators’ Competition and acknowledged the main sponsors and industry stakeholders: Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Limited, Jamaica National (JN), EXIM Bank Jamaica, Tru-Juice and Jamaica Producers. Katalyxt Team Leader, Winsome Minott, welcomed all to the launch and shared the team’s continuous commitment to providing tools, information, training and inspiration to students in our high schools to become innovators and job creators. Minott stressed the importance of being resilient in the face of adversity, ‘entrepreneurs always face problems, however, it is your attitude and our ability to preserve that allows one to become successful’. She ended her message on high note, having the students repeat the YIC mantra, ‘We are innovators, we are job creators, we are the best of the best! 
Mr. Marlon Williams (Senior Education Officer), represented Dr. Grace McLean’s office, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. He publicly announced the Ministry’s endorsement of the Youth Innovators’ Competition. Williams encouraged the students to make the best of the opportunities provided and to compete at the highest standard. 
 Tyrone Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of eMedia Interactive was the guest speaker. He shared his entrepreneurial journey and gave the budding entrepreneurs useful tips on how to become successful. Tyrone is a youth from the Inner-city, never the less, he had big dreams to be a successful entrepreneur. His passion led to the preparation of his detailed and well thought out business plan. He introduced his idea to Mr. Chris Williams (Chief Executive Officer, Proven Wealth Management Limited), at a meeting of the Jamaica College Old Boys, and there he found a willing partner. Tyrone’s case confirms that when passion and preparation met opportunity there can be success. Other special guests, sponsors and industry stakeholders who attended the event were: Ms. Kereen Reid (Ministry of Education, Region 6); Ms. Karlene Segree (Ministry of Education) Mr. Carl Carram (eMedia Interactive/ iCreate).
The schools represented at the launch and sensitization includes: 
Ardenne High School 
Bridgeport High School 
Bustamante High School 
Calabar High School 
Camperdown High School
 Edith Dalton James High School 
Jamaica College 
Jose Marti 
Technical High School 
Kingston College 
Kingston High School 
Kingston Technical High School 
Lennon High School 
McGrath High School 
Mona High School 
Nain High School 
Penwood High School 
Roger Clarke High School 
Tarrant High School 
Vere Technical High School 
Waterford High School 
Wolmer’s Trust High School for Boys 
Yallahs High School
Sensitization Workshop 2017/2018 
The sensitization workshop of Katalyxt 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition took place at Medallion Hall on Thursday, November 16, 2017. There was excitement when several schools were informed by Miss Minott about how innovative their fellow student counterparts are. Ms. Karene Reid (teacher, The Queen’s School) opened the session with a prayer. The Team Leader stressed the necessity to build on a solid foundation. Part of that foundation must be the training that students would receive during the 2017/2018 Youth Innovators’ Competition (YIC)’s year. Fundamental keywords and practices shared with the students, highlighting techniques that they will need to employ in order to become a successful entrepreneur include: Vision Perseverance Focus, Focus, Focus. Networking Skills Knowledge of Risk Ensure quality products and services Pursue your Passion Know your market Own your Financials Maintain Integrity Youth Innovators were introduced to Karl Hendrickson’s success story. They were also made aware of the dangers of becoming complacent in the field of business. These stories set the pace for the morning. The students then huddled into their groups for the breakout sessions. A breakout session in which the students were challenged to the following: Having a clear entrepreneurial vision Identify problems and solutions. Prepare a Business Plan as a road map. The sensitization workshop ended with the teams well aware of all the information needed and attitudes necessary for a success. 
Next Stop: Sensitization workshop/training for St. James, Westmoreland and St. Eliz