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Andre Allen tops The Innovators Season 5

Published:Monday | August 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Winner of Season Five of ‘The Innovators’ Andre Allen (left) of AJ Draughting Associates, with Shavon Campbell (right), and Thelma Yong, deputy general manager of Jamaica National.

Season Five of 'The Innovators' was filled with ups and downs as the assignments (entrepreneurs) strived to prove they could achieve the 'gold standard'.

This season had everything from a business, causing marital strain to an assignment who stole the spotlight at two of Jamaica's biggest fashion events. It all wrapped up last Monday with a viewing party at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, where Andre Allen of AJ Draughting Associates Limited was named the winner. The Season Five assignments were competing for more than $600,000 in cash and prizes, including a $250,000 cash prize from Jamaica National Small Business Loans (JNSBL). The judges evaluated each assignment based on business performance, business aptitude and social impact to determine the winner.

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"AJ Draughting Associates Limited set itself apart as the company is poised to not only operate as a successful business, but also to revolutionise its industry by being the pioneer to formalise its sector," said Nickeisha Beckford, business support administrator at JNSBL. "AJ Draughting doesn't merely provide employment, but also skills and tools to other draughters through its internship and partnership programmes." Allen has already made a plan for his cash winnings, including registering his company with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

"At the moment, there is no registration board for architectural technologists in Jamaica and as such this would offer all technicians under the umbrella of AJ Draughting, opportunities for personal development" said Allen. Since being on The Innovators, Allen's customer base has increased by 30 per cent and maintained the primary goal of establishing a relationship with key players in the industry so that he can start the first association for draughting technicians in Jamaica.

"Allen has set himself some targets. Setting realistic goals has given him a clear vision for the future and now he is one step closer to reaching those goals," said host and executive producer Yaneek Page. In advising future assignments, Allen told them to "come with an open mind."

"No advice given is really a negative one, it is just someone telling you something you have not taken into consideration." Other assignments from Season Five included ZaZa Communications, Jamaica Care Packages, Zarabelle Modelling Agency and Caribbean Fashion Week's emerging designer, Tresha Cole of Beach Goddess Swimwear. If you want to learn more about Allen or his company, visit his website at ajdraughtingassociates.com.

The entire season of 'The Innovators' will begin airing on Flow TV later this month and will show in Jamaica and 18 other countries across the Caribbean and North America.

daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com