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Mona School of Business hosts entrepreneurs conference

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) will host the 4th International Business and Management Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from July 10 to 12, this year, under the theme, ‘Delivering on the Promise of Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Research, Practice, and Thinking in the Fourth Economy’.

Convenor of the conference senior research fellow at the MSBM, Dr Indianna Minto-Coy, says “the conference theme addresses the pressing need to reflect on the experiences of Jamaica, and other small and developing states as it relates to entrepreneurship from a local and global perspective. It will also take stock of what is needed to nudge the country and region towards the results realised in other settings where entrepreneurship has undergirded growth and development.”


Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on Wednesday July 10, beginning at 6 p.m.

A range of notable local and international speakers from industry, academia, the public sector and civil society will make presentations over the course of the three-day event. These include chairman of ICD Group and First Angels, Joseph M. Matalon; Entrepreneurs Across Borders President, Kevin Langley; and Director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University, Roland Kidwell. Other presenters include Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Marlene Street Forrest; Gary Peart, chief executive officer of Mayberry Investments Limited; and Tyrone Wilson, president and CEO of eMedia Interactive Group.

Executive Director of MSBM Dr David McBean stated that “Mona School of Business and Management is mindful of its role in fostering the development of this Fourth Economy, by providing a space for constructive dialogue towards identifying challenges and related solutions, as well as by generating critical research, knowledge and training as it relates to Jamaica and other small island developing states.”

He added that as an area of research, teaching and practice, entrepreneurship has also assumed greater currency in the last decade or two, given the recognised link between entrepreneurship, innovation and development.

The conference brings together SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors and other business practitioners and scholars, the public sector, and civil society, to share best practices, interrogate theories, concepts and methodologies, and engender new ideas at the intersection of business, philanthropy, capital, innovation and society.