Earlier this month, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education Floyd Green announced that come September, grade nine students would be required to study entrepreneurship as part of the high school curriculum. Green noted that exposure to real-life business experiences would allow high school students to build knowledge, capacity, and confidence to form their own businesses.
At the Mona Campus, scores of students are way ahead of the pack, taking entrepreneurship courses, running successful start-ups and marketing their products. The UWI, Mona has also been taking a proactive approach to fostering entrepreneurship, tailoring courses to meet the changing needs of society, and implementing various initiatives to help student and staff on the road to entrepreneurship.Six young entrepreneurs recently shared their stories with UWIMONA Now writer Tashika Taylor. Stories follow on pages 4,5,10 &11
HAVE YOU TAKEN a taxi recently with an advertisement perched on its roof? Chances are you would have experienced the work of Mears Media, a marketing and communications company owned and operated by 20-year-old UWI student Dexter Mears.
Although Mears’s first love was entrepreneurship, he decided to pursue a Bachelor of Laws degree because he felt this was a practical choice that would allow him to grow his business.
“I have acquired a love for law,” confessed Mears, who is completing his second year. “It has helped me in the streamlining of my business in accordance with the law, and also with the proper protection of intellectual property of the business,” he said. He also plans to pursue a Master’s in Business to shore up his company.
When Mears conceptualised the idea of the business in 2015, he vigorously pursued it as he recognised the value of such a service. “It is a groundbreaking marketing tool that solves various problems that different companies face. It offers new and trendy marketing and business solutions – not the traditional, everyday services offered by a ‘Tom and Jane’.”
Mears Media currently employs five people and offers a number of marketing services. These include:
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