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Scotiabank encourages university students to embrace entrepreneurship

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

"The best way to get anybody involved in your business is to really think big."

This advice was delivered by Tyrone Wilson, CEO of

E-Media Interactive, during his presentation at the recently held Scotiabank Entrepreneurship Talk titled 'Entrepreneurship. Think Big'.

Wilson was one of three young CEOs to present to a joint gathering of business students from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) in an

intense discussion on entrepreneurship.

"Create a big vision for yourself and for what you want to achieve," he said.

"When approaching business, ask yourself, 'What will Jamaica be like in 10 years?' Open your minds and create a future for yourselves, and that is thinking big."

Wilson's points were reiterated by the two other panellists, Lacey Ann Bartley, of Bartley's All In Wood; and Patria-Kay Aarons, CEO of Sweetie Confectionery.

According to Bartley, "You need to follow your passion," as she did with woodwork.

Aarons told students that going into business was always a risk.

Scotiabank's interest in developing entrepreneurship at the universities has been manifested over the last three years through the bank's support of UTech's Club Billionaire and the UWI's Entrepreneurship Club.

In her remarks, Pam Douglas, Scotiabank director, Professional Partnership SME, shared that for the bank, "it is important

to develop a culture of entrepreneurship, particularly among young people".

The next event in the series will be hosted at UTech and will feature a different set of young entrepreneurs.