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Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International and the ATL Group, Adam Stewart, spends some one-on-one time with Millennial to Millennial (M2M) Linkup participant, Kevan Stewart of ReggaeTech Limited. Over 100 young entrepreneurs from across the island gathered at the Island Routes World Centre in Montego Bay, last Friday night. The event was presented an opportunity for both successful and budding young entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors to network, exchange ideas and learn from their peers through short presentations and question and answer sessions.
Dana Baugh, owner of BAUGHaus Design Studio, strikes a pose with The Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, during the Millennial to Millennial (M2M) Linkup session held recently in Montego Bay. The event allowed upcoming and successful entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to network with their peers, speaking on challenges, opportunities and best practices for start-ups – from conceptualizing an idea, to pitching for investment and work-life balance.
A group of young entrepreneurs make a business pitch during the ‘Build Your Own Business’ activity at the recent staging of Millennial to Millennial (M2M) Linkup, a networking session providing both successful and budding entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors to network, exchange ideas and learn from their peers.
Millennial to Millennial (M2M) Linkup presenters, Yoni Epstein (right), chairman and chief executive officer of itel-BPO Solutions and Jason Russell (center), businessman, hotelier and member of Alpha Angels, an investment group, are deep in conversation with Anthony Grannum, managing director of Coast & Land Aesthetic Development, Ltd.
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More than 100 young entrepreneurs from across the island gathered at the Island Routes World Centre in Montego Bay recently for the inaugural staging of Millennial to Millennial (M2M), Jamaica's first networking session targeting business-minded millennials. The event was coordinated on the invitation of Adam Stewart, deputy chairman and chief executive officer of Sandals Resorts International and the ATL Group.

In welcoming the millennials, Stewart expressed excitement at being in the presence of such promising and successful young business people and reminded the group of its unique advantage as millennials. He said: "We represent a continued turning point for the reignition of our nation's thinking class and business explorers - those we lost in the 1970s when instability stifled our explorers, forcing many to flee Jamaica and seek opportunities overseas. This generation represents a building back of that foundation. Whether you have resided, studied abroad, and returned home to invest in our island, or whether you are home grown, you have the ability to effect great economic change.

"This generation is also fortunate as we have a great number of resources at our disposal that our parents and grandparents never did. We are lucky to be able to benefit from continuous technological advancements that not only help to grow our businesses, but provide an ease in networking - with colleagues, customers, and partners."

Sharing his own story of balancing multiple responsibilities and demands, Minister Floyd Green stressed the importance of being able to multitask, telling the gathering that especially in today's demanding society, they would have to be prepared to balance their family lives, their businesses, and their jobs, if applicable. He listed time management, knowing their priorities, and remaining focused as instrumental factors for success.

Daenia Ashpole, owner of Night Beauty, Jamaica's first night-time beauty salon, was among the night's attendees and thought the event was an excellent initiative. She said: "I thought it was a good experience. I felt good being there and knowing I was in the company of some of the best business minds among Jamaica's millennials."