Caribbean Journal reports on Richard Branson’s recently trip to Jamaica to celebrate the relaunch and relocation of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship to the center to Kingston, to be closer to the growing “innovation ecosystem” in Jamaica’s capital. The Center was previously initiated in Montego Bay in 2011. According to the article, Branson says, “The spirit and energy of the Caribbean is like nowhere else in the world – this place buzzes with entrepreneurial spirit.” Here are excerpts:
The non-profit Virgin Unite, founded in 2004, aims to “unite people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world.”
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness also attended the launch, and discussed with Branson the state of the current business landscape and ways to raise the country’s GDP and support new business ventures of the future. [. . .]
Branson called for global community action and for all sectors to work together and support each other. “Entrepreneurs can solve some of Jamaica’s, and the world’s biggest problems. We must find bright and innovative thinkers, give them the support, encouragement and the community they need to build strong and socially responsible businesses,” he said.
It’s also another major boost for the city of Kingston, which has been seeing renewed investment, particularly in the tourism sector, with a new Courtyard Marriott and a major planned $50 million AC Hotel project.