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Apr 4, 2016

Capio Launches Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative

Traveon Lord

Two lucky young Belizeans with ideas on starting their own small business will get that opportunity, thanks to an initiative which was launched today. It’s the brainchild of another young entrepreneur, Crystal Samos, owner of Capio. And to commemorate the first anniversary of her successful line of Carpe Diem products, Samos has decided to pay it forward. Applicants with the vision and the plan who just need a financial and moral push can pick up applications at the Youth Department, and at the end of a selection process by a four member Board put together by Samos, two applicants will receive five thousand dollars each. That money will be generated through an event hosted by the Capio team. Today, the media was invited to the launch and found out more.

 

Traveon Lord, Disc Jockey, Capio Ambassador

“The gala is an event that we’re doing and the proceeds we get from that will be donated to the young aspiring entrepreneurs that we select. So out of maybe one hundred that apply we will select five people. From those five we will ask them to do a presentation for us and out of that five we will select two, and then that money will go to them for their business.”

 

Crystal Samos

Crystal Samos, Owner, Capio

“It could be anything. Everyone is different and everyone has different ideas. The point of this is not only to commemorate my anniversary. The reason why I’m doing this is that I’ve received a lot of support from Belize and I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of the locals, so this is my way of giving back to Belize and to the community.”

 

Zachary Reich

Zachary Reich, Sit ‘n Sip Tours

“I know starting a business myself I faced a lot of barriers to entry and I don’t think people realize how important entrepreneurship is to any market. Small businesses are the driving factors behind any economy, whether it be here in Belize or in America – if the small business economy is growing then you know your economy is growing. Young people have a lot of good ideas. If you look at our board here today, you’ll notice that everyone is involved in different industries. I am involved in tourism, Tanisha is involved in cosmetics, Crystal is involved with Carpe Diem and Traveon is a DJ. We have different people from different industries. We are diverse and everyone can have proper representation with Capio.”

 

Tanya Tanisha

Tanya Tanisha. Makeup by Tanya Tanisha

“The idea for the gala is for it to be a masquerade themed gala so the idea is for us to have it very formal and very classy and at the same time we are trying to raise the proceeds for this initiative.”

 

The gala, set for July sixteenth at the Belize Biltmore, will be a formal red and black themed event with full buffet and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from the board members or any outlet countrywide where Carpe Diem products are sold.

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2 Responses for “Capio Launches Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative”

  1. Logical Reasoning says:

    Interesting, i don’t mean to be rude but i am trying to wrap my head around this. How can this event that you are going to use, as a way to generate money (coming from the ATTENDEES, from THIER own pocket) be seen as YOU giving back?. i mean, why doesn’t the group just simply donate the money their selfs?…i mean c’mon its just 10,000$ right, one of you can easily give that, all you are doing is setting up a meeting. When i give back to the community, it’s from MY personal means. plus what if you raised more than $10,000. do you pocket the rest, because i mean you gotta pay for the avenue and stuff and your self. THAT’S RIGHT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP for you guys.

  2. not fooling anyone says:

    You are right logical reasoning. It’s crystal clear that this is about self-importance and has nothing to do with altruism. A gala? You beautiful people, if you want a excuse to dress up and walk a red carpet just say so. No try to fool we into thinking it has anything to do with giving back.
    One year anniversary? Focus on your business, grow it, make money and hire workers. this is the problem in Belize, everybody want try be “somebody” Trust me Humility is the key to success.
    And when you are successful and can afford to REALLY be altruistic, please don’t call all the media to announce it. Humility over pride.

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