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About the Conference
Bridging the Digital Divide is a conference facilitated by the TT Chamber’s NOVA Committee and the Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM). It targets all owners and operators of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and has at its focus strategies, solutions, and discussions to provide awareness and knowledge on all things digital for MSMEs.
This Conference will happen over the course of 2 days and will feature:
- Industry leaders in thought provoking panel discussion.
- Digital experts sharing strategies and experiences for digital transition.
- Vendor exhibitions providing digital solutions for adoption.
Dates: Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23 2021
Location: Virtual Event Platform
Cost: $50 USD.
Who should attend
Policy and lawmakers who can contribute to the discussion of the importance of digital adoption for MSMEs and the contribution this has on the overall development of the respective countries.
Local and regional owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises who have a desire to position their business to be able to grow and thrive with the aid of digital services.
Local and regional owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises who have succeeded in digital transformation and willing to add to the conversation about what it requires to do so.
Vendors who provide solutions that can support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the digital transformation of their business.
|DAY 1: Thursday 22 July, 2021|
|8:30 am – 4:30 pm||SPONSOR & VENDOR EXHIBITIONS|
|9:05 AM||Opening Address – T&TCIC President – Charles Pashley|
|9:10 AM||Remarks – CARICHAM President – Brian Louisy|
|9:15 AM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS – The Hon. Mia Mottley, Q.C., M.P.|
|9:45 AM||BUSINESS ROUND TABLE.
Topic: The Digital Disruptors
Speakers: Aldwyn Wayne, Wi Pay, Evie Kanhai-Gurchuran, Gurchuran Investments Inc. (GY), Sheldon Powe , CEO & Founder of Innovate 10X (JA)
Moderator: Maria Daniel, Strategy and Transactions Partner, EY
|11:00 AM||SPONSOR PRESENTATION – Platinum Sponsor – IDB
Topic: MSMEs – how to survive and thrive in the digital age.
Speaker: Carina Cockburn, IDB Country Manager, T&T
IDB ENTREPRENEURIAL PANEL Presentations
SPONSOR PRESENTATION – Platinum Sponsor – IDB
|12:05 PM||SPONSOR PRESENTATION – Gold Sponsor – bmobile
Topic: Technology Support for MSMEs
Speakers: Mr. Darryl Duke & Mr. Kashif Greaves
|12:25 PM||Wrap up for Morning Session|
|12:30 PM||LUNCH – Networking Lounge – Network with Sponsors, CARICHAM & other Vendor Solutions Exhibitors|
|1:00 PM||Digital Solutions sponsored by bmobile
Moderator: Karrian Hepburn-Malcolm, Vice President Sales & Service, TTUTC
|SHARED SERVICES sponsored by Flow Business & NGC
Moderator: Rianna Paul, Manager Trade & Business Development, T&T Chamber
|Planning & Processes|
|Software Outsourcing – New Growth Opportunities for the Caribbean
Speaker: Egbert von Frankenberg, Knightfox App (JA)
“Effectuation and the Power of Community”
Speaker: Evie Kanhai-Gurchuran
|1:20 PM||“Fin Tech Pivoting, E-Commerce made Easier for Caribbean MSMEs”.
Speaker: Narda Ventura, Ezee Payments (JA)
|1:40 PM||Creating a 21st Century Future Proof Business
Speaker: Georgina Terry, BPD Associates Ltd.
|2:00 PM||Q&A||“Seedonomics: What it takes to Digitise the Caribbean”
Speaker: Stephanie Pemberton
|Customer Experience & Branding your Digital Business|
|2:25 PM||CRM – A Business Strategy Supported by Technology
Speaker: Lyndon Brathwaite, OPAATSWY Consulting
The Power of Digital Branding for Caribbean MSMEs & Entrepreneurs
Speaker: Lisa Wickham, Imagine Media International
|3:05 PM||Using Data & Understanding Your Digital Consumers
Speaker: Keron Rose, The Digipreneur Academy
|“Building The Caribbean Entrepreneur”
Speaker: Selwyn Cambridge, Ten Habitat
|3:25 PM||Digital Checkup
Speaker: Pauline Henriquez, IDB
|4:00 PM||Closing Comments | Introduction to Networking & Exhibits|
|DAY 2: Friday 23 July, 2021|
|8:30am – 4:30pm||SPONSOR & VENDOR EXHIBITIONS|
|9:05 AM||Remarks – NOVA Committee Chair, Dale Lutchman|
|9:10 AM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Lauri-Ann Ainsworth, CEO, Branson Centre
Topic: Finding Your Niche
|9:40 AM||Sponsor Presentation – Platinum Sponsor – NEDCO
Speaker: Mr. Calvin Maurice, NEDCO Chief Executive Officer
|9:50 AM||NEDCO Presentation: Topic – Surviving The New Normal – Digital Transformation for MSMEs
Speaker: Ms. Karen Carraballo, NEDCO Chief Entrepreneurial Development Officer
|10:50 AM||Introduction: Finance Sessions & Mentoring Sessions|
|11:05 AM||STRETCH BREAK|
Mentorship Sessions sponsored by PBS Technologies & Imagine Media International Ltd.
|MENTORING sponsored by PBS Technologies and Imagine Media Ltd
|11:15 AM||Panel Presentation: Opportunities to Scale Your Digital Enterprise through Equity Funding.
Speakers: Marlene Street-Forrest (Managing Director, Jamaica Stock Exchange), Christopher Reckord, tTech Limited, (JAM), Eva Mitchell (CEO, T&T Stock Exchange)
Moderator: Rudolph Hanamji, Senior Manager Business Development Lead, EY
|11:15 am – 3:15 pm
TABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH MENTORS
Get an opportunity to network closely with some of the leaders in today’s Caribbean Business Landscape Mentors:
(1) Selwyn Cambridge, TenHabitat – Scaling, Early-stage startups, marketing and startup eco-systems
(2) Dr. Vishnu Doerga – Business Coach
(3) Ms. Patricia Walters – CEO Cable Net – Technology (Communications)
(4) Mr. Bovell Blake – Technology
(5) Mr. Anthony Smith, PBS Technologies – Digital Transformation Planning
(6)Angela Lee Loy, Aegis Business Solutions – Cash Flow Management
(7)Francis M. Lewis – Business Management – Strategic Planning and Business Improvement.
(8) Mr. Colin Providence, NEDCO. Small Business Development and Growth
(9)Ms. Kristel A. Grant, NEDCO. Strategic Planning and Development for MSEs
(10)Mr. Anil Seepaul, NEDCO, Credit and Financing Requirements for MSES
|12:15 PM||Insights – How Financial Institutions evaluate digital enterprises.
Speaker: Vashtie Dookiesingh, IDB Lab – “Investment Readiness of Digital Business Solutions – Focus on the Fundamentals”, Dr. Christian Stone – “Pitfalls v Progress – Loan Financing”, Robin Lewis – First Citizens Bank GM Retail Banking – What Do we Look for?, Ms. Karen Carraballo, NEDCO Chief Entrepreneurial Development Officer : How Financial Institutions Evaluate Digital Enterprises
Moderator: Rudolph Hanamji, Senior Manager Business Development Lead, EY
|1:30 PM||Angel Investment: Building a bridge between Caribbean Angel Investors and Digipreneurs
Speakers: Sandra Glasgow – FirstAngelsJA, Richard Lewis – Renaissance Angels
Moderator: Marc Persaud, Nova Committee Member & Chamber Director
|2:25 PM||LUNCH – Networking Lounge – Network with Sponsors, CARICHAM & other Vendor Solutions Exhibitors|
|2:55 PM – 4:15 pm||SPONSOR & VENDOR EXHIBITIONS|
Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry
|To learn from MSMEs and entrepreneurs in the Caribbean the steps they have taken to succeed with digital transformation.||To provide opportunity for sharing of knowledge, skills, and available resources to enable Caribbean MSMEs to grow by harnessing the power of digital technology||To provide opportunities for the exhibition and presentation of new product and service offerings by Caribbean entrepreneurs in a digital environment.|