The National Integrated BusinessIncubator System (IBIS) launched the latest in its Incubator network in theDiego Martin community on Wednesday 15th July, 2015.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of Labourand Small and Micro Enterprise Development, the Honourable Errol Mc Leod said “The opening of thisCommunity-Based Incubator in Diego Martin serves as a testament of theGovernment’s commitment to diversifying our economy.” The Honourable Minister was thefeature speaker at the event, due to the absence of the Honourable Kamla PersadBissessar Q.C., Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago who was originally cardedto deliver the address. The event was hosted by popularmedia personality Hans Des Vignes.
Also speaking at theevent was Dr. Natasha Ramkissoon, Chairman of the Board of Directors of theNational Entrepreneurship Development Company (NEDCO), the state enterprisecharged with management of the IBIS programme. Dr. Ramkissoon indicatedthat the programme has already produced graduates in diverse sectors such as light manufacturing,organic beauty care, agro-tourism and emerging sectors such as mobileapplications, green business enterprises, 3D printing and specializedconsultancy services. She also highlighted IBIS and NEDCO’s collaborations withpublic and private sector stakeholders including the National BusinessIncubation Association based in the U.S.A, the University of the West Indiesand the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts.
The graduation ceremony of fourteen (14)students of the IBIS Programme was held as the formal “right- of- passage” forthe cohort of Entrepreneurs, some of whom were already assigned spaces at thenewly - opened facility. The students were presented with Certificates ofCompletion as well as tokens celebrating their success. On hand to distributewas the Honourable Minister, who took the time to engage each of the recipientsin brief discussion as he urged them to “chart their success” using the toolsacquired from their training in areas such as time and stress management and operational costing strategies. IBISIncubator client and graduate Ms. Anna White, praised the training she receivedas allowing the goals and objectives for her business, Beyond Designs TT tobecome more “streamlined and focused” as she delivered the valedictory speechto her peers.
The opening of thesite brings to five (5),the total number of Incubators operating under the IBISprogramme , with additional incubators located at Point Fortin, Penal, ElSocorro and Sangre Grande. Theseincubators serve eleven (11) communities - , Chaguanas and Couva in Central, Sangre Grande, Laventille, San Juanand Barataria in the East, and Point Fortin, Penal and Siparia in the South.This latest Incubator will serve the Diego Martin and Carenage communities inthe West.
Following theribbon-cutting ceremony, guests in attendance were treated to a tour of thefacilities including first –hand look at client Incubators which have alreadybeen occupied within the site.