Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 17 May 2018 08:15

UG’s Innovative Conference to focus on importance of entrepreneurship

Aimed at providing an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge and experiences in understanding the importance of entrepreneurship to the future of Guyana, an Entrepreneurship and Innovative Conference is billed for three days from May 20 next.

The event, which will be held at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel will represent the first such undertaking by the University of Guyana’s School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation [SEBI].
At the event, it is expected that academic scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers will come together to examine how entrepreneurship has and can continue to support economic transformation in a developing economy.
The Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences of researchers and practitioners in understanding the importance of entrepreneurship to the future of Guyana.
The Innovative Conference will moreover see the SEBI collaborating with the Ministry of Business and Small Business Bureau. Several public and private entities have also shown their support for the Conference through sponsorship; among those are telephone giant Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Institute of Private Enterprise Development, Ground Structure Engineering and Consultants Inc, Grace Kennedy, Go-Invest, Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited, Caribbean Containers, Republic Bank, Bazilio Cobb Associates, Exxon Mobil Guyana, Ministry of Business, Small Business Bureau, Demerara Bank, WT George and Co., and the Ministry of Education.
The Innovation Conference is one that promises to not only set the environment to advance discussions around entrepreneurship and innovation but it will also give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to exhibit their products and services. The event will also include a Business Pitch Competition.
According to reports out of UG, registration for the Conference can be done at the UG Bursary, the Berbice Campus, Citizens Bank or online at
The SEBI is one that was brought into being through a strategic partnership between UG and the Government of Mexico.
Through its local Embassy, Mexico had made its commitment to providing a Spanish instructor for the programme.
This was disclosed last year by Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith who said, “We’re asking that every student who graduates from that School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation has one language other than English. Spanish will be one of those languages; Mandarin will be one of those languages and Portuguese.”
The introduction of the new programme represented part of the university’s effort to restructure its curriculum to meet the practical capacities of the local business community.
In this regard, UG has been developing partnerships and friendships with local and international partners as part of its renaissance movement.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the renaissance project seeks to take different non-traditional paths and build friendships and partnerships in a variety of ways to improve the functioning of the University.
The core mission of SEBI is to educate and develop entrepreneurial and innovative leaders and managers with the skills, competencies, predisposition and habits of mind to contribute to the social vitality and economic advancement of the nation and the global community.


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