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Venture Capital Conference to highlight the creative economy

Published:Monday | September 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The September 9 Capital Conference will cover a myriad topics, including a segment dedicated to 'creating new rules for a new market'.

This session will focus on how venture capital can provide solutions for 'underserved' entrepreneurs. The presentation will be done by Dr Keith Nurse, executive director of UWI Consulting Inc. A panel discussion will follow, with the topic 'The Creative Economy, Sports, Culture and Growth: Is Venture Capital a 'game-changer' for the Creative Industries?' Panellists include Horace Madison, CEO Madison Strategic Group, and Bruce James, president, MVP Track Club. The panel will examine the issues, pitfalls and obstacles of available financing for this emerging industry and posit possible solutions, benefits and success stories emanating for venture capital and private equity. Panellists will also examine the critical role the diaspora can play in the creative economy.

Dr Nurse is the incumbent World Trade Organisation chair at the UWI. He has done extensive work in the areas of creative economy, tourism, innovation, governance, and climate change. He has served as consultant and adviser to several governments both regionally and internationally. He is the executive producer of the documentary Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora.

Madison is the founding principal/managing member of Madison Financial Group (MFG) and Madison Strategic Integration (MSI). He has almost two decades of business-management experience. This was preceded by training and experience in financial planning and risk management. In 2007, after years in business management services focusing on celebrities, particularly musicians and athletes, he founded MFG, a business management firm. Today, MFG maintains a more diversified client base, stretching widely across music, sports and entertainment.

A few years later, Madison launched MSI. The MSI team integrates corporations' needs with the interests of celebrity clients. Unlike traditional approaches, MSI creates mutually beneficial, ideally long-standing relationships, as opposed to just affecting transactions. Madison's ability to find and work with bright, long-term thinking celebrities (athletes and artists), be they established or up and coming, is a niche MSI prides itself on mastering.

James is president of the world-renowned and award-winning MVP Track and Field Club, which he co-founded in September 1999. He is a former executive with Citibank, N.A. Jamaica branch, where he served for 16 years as vice-president in charge of the corporate bank, vice-president in charge of relationship management, and vice-president in charge of risk management. He is also the former managing director of Citifinance Limited.

In 1991, he completed a Master of Business Administration at Florida State University, winning the award for most outstanding MBA student after completing his Bachelor of Science in Management at Florida State University in 1990. He is chairman of World Class Athletics Limited, and serves on the boards of Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited and Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited. He is a track and field analyst on TVJ, CVM TV and SportsMax and a professional speaker.

To register, go to or call 977-1650.