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The power of smart capital to drive 2016 venture capital conference

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Development Bank of Jamaica's (DBJ) Venture Capital Conference 2016 is to be held between March 7 to 9, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.

Centred on the theme The Power of Smart Capital... expanding the financial landscape, fuelling innovation, driving entrepreneurship, the event is an exciting calendar item for venture capital stakeholders such as fund managers, entrepreneurs, businesses, investors, investment advisers, policymakers and international development partners.

As with the two previous events, the 2016 conference is being organised by the DBJ and its international development partner, the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund, and several local corporate entities.

"The upcoming conference will offer insights into this growing industry; it will look at global trends, examine the readiness of local businesses, and how can Jamaican businesses align themselves to these emerging opportunities. Other topics to be covered include: conditionalties that affect a VC eco-system and deal flows and where they are likely to come from. Participants attending the VC conference will have many opportunities to network and build new local and international acquaintances," stated Audrey Richards, project coordinator of the Jamaica Venture Capital programme.

The official opening will be on March 7, while conference day, which will feature keynote presentations, plenaries, round table and fireside discussions, as well as networking sessions, will be on March 8. Wednesday, March 9 has been set aside for a highly interactive and engaging workshop for entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses and students.

The activities of the conference promise to be high-impact, rich in content, and are geared at informing, educating and engaging the expected participants.

Registration for the VC Conference opens online at on January 2.