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Nov 11, 2016

The Green Tech Boot Camp Begins

Green Tech Belize a fifty-four hour intense boot camp geared at fostering entrepreneurship through the use of green technology was officially launched today. Belize Training and Employment Center and the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center are hosting the potential entrepreneurs. The boot camp is designed to empower them with skills and relevant tools to start up a sustainable business focused on clean technology solutions to impact climate change. We attended today’s opening. Here’s how that went:

 

Carlinton Burrell

Carlinton Burrell, CCIC

“So, what are our thematic areas, because you know we are focusing on climate change and going green and coming up with innovative ways of combating climate change while creating jobs and to have a sustainable growth and development in each of these countries. So, we are focusing on energy sufficiency, sustainable agriculture and agri-business, renewable energy, resource use efficiency, water and waste water management. So, basically, you will be presenting an idea in any one of these thematic areas. And our trainers who are here will help you to walk you through the steps in developing or organizing and forming the themes and basically molding these ideas so you can take them to the next level. Forty teams pitched their ideas. Forty-one mentors – we have a huge database of mentors, very huge. Belize team is fantastic.We have some well experienced, in depth mentors here in Belize. So, can you imagine the reach to the rest of the Caribbean. We have to connect you to our eco-system because it is wide and far reaching.”

 

Tracy Panton

Tracy Panton, Minister of State, Investment, Trade and Commerce

“All CARICOM countries with the exception of Haiti are directly benefitting from this Green Tech Start Up boot camp Island tech series. It is important that werecognize the investment of over US five hundred thousand dollars that have already been awarded to entrepreneurs in the wider Caribbean, like you, that are willing to adopt and incorporate environmentally friendly and clean technological approaches into your business models.  You will have a renewed appreciation for Belize’s environment. You will be better equipped at not only the design of your prototype, but also in the packaging of that prototype to marketing. I would be remiss if I do not underscore the critical impact that entrepreneurs have made in the building of our Belizean economy.”

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