Sixteen secondary school and Barbados Community College students with dreams of starting their own business recently got a close-up look at what they need to know, thanks to one of the island’s leading professional services firms.
These students, selected from six schools, were exposed to the realities of being their own boss through the EYE Summer Programme, a specially tailored, one-day version of EY Barbados’ EY Entrepreneurship (EYE) Programme.
Now in its third season, EYE is a seven-week programme structured to provide entrepreneurs with a foundation of knowledge needed to run a small business and to avoid some of the typical pitfalls.
“EYE was originally designed for people who are already running a small business or about to start one, but we believe exposure to entrepreneurship can and should start even earlier,” said Kamille Greenidge, a member of the firm’s assurance division and member of the EYE Committee.
“Barbados needs successful entrepreneurs, anEYd the more people know about what lies ahead, and the better prepared they are, the more successful they are likely to be.”
Greenidge said EY was able to reach out to students who are serious about entrepreneurship by teaming up with Project Discovery Inc., a community service learning organisation established to help students at their pre-university stage of development. She also serves as an advisor to Project Discovery Inc.
Held at the firm’s headquarters at One Welches, the EYE Summer edition was an intense, one-day session in which the normal EYE curriculum had to be condensed.
“We wanted to touch on all aspects of the curriculum, because they are all important,” said Greenidge, who hopes the EYE Summer Programme will become annual event.
“Support for entrepreneurship is in EY’s DNA, and we want to promote it as much as we can,” she added. (PR)