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New Fortress, US college host entrepreneurship workshop with MSBM

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Wes Edens

New Fortress Energy, which is investing in Jamaica's transition to natural gas, has partnered with the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University and the Mona School of Business & Management (MSBM) to host three entrepreneurship work-shops next Monday.

The workshops form part of New Fortress founder and chairman Wes Edens' commit-ment to support economic development and job creation in Jamaica.

These workshops, which will be held at The University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, will be led by Danny Warshay, award-winning educator, successful entrepreneur, and executive director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. Warshay will help participants to develop entrepreneurial confidence, to learn how to master and apply the structured entrepreneurial process, to use bottom-up research to find and validate unmet needs, and to build their entrepreneurial networks. Warshay will discuss the critical importance of observing and listening anthropologically and empathetically in the entrepreneurial process.


Key driver


"Wherever I teach throughout the world, entrepreneurship is a key driver to economic development, and so, teaching entrepreneurship is an essential catalyst for economic growth," Warshay said.

Meanwhile, speaking about the motivation behind the workshops, Jake Suski, managing director for public affairs at New Fortress, said: "Jamaicans have a natural tendency toward entrepreneur-ship, evidenced by the many innovative businesses that make significant contributions to the economy."

Suski added: "We want to help encourage and foster even more entrepreneurship in Jamaica and support growth alongside organisations like the Jamaica Business Development Corpora-tion (JBDC), Development Bank of Jamaica, FirstAngels, Branson Centre, and the universities - who are already doing valuable work in this space."

Hosted in association with the JBDC, Development Bank of Jamaica, and FirstAngels Jamaica, two workshops will be held at the UWI, Mona, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for students and educators, while the third workshop will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will target practising and aspiring entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial private-sector community.

To register for the sessions, persons can call 631-6521 or visit