May 20th-22nd, 2018 Georgetown, Guyana

Entrepreneurship Conference:

Economic Transformation through Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Inaugural Entrepreneurship Conference

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Why Attend the Entrepreneurship Conference

The School of Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation (SEBI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Business & the Small Business Bureau (SBB) invites you to participate in the inaugural Entrepreneurship Conference titled “Economic Transformation through Entrepreneurship & Innovation.” This conference is intended to bring together academicians, practitioners, members of the private sector, and policy-makers to examine how entrepreneurship and innovation has and can continue to support economic transformation in a developing economy. The conference is an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences of researchers and practitioners in understanding the importance of entrepreneurship to the future of Guyana.

Topic Areas

  • Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship & the Institutional Environment
  • Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s Empowerment thru Entrepreneurship
  • Youth Entrepreneurship & Economic Success
  • Entrepreneurship & the Informal Sector
  • Role of Micro, Small, & Medium-Sized enterprises in economic development
  • Diaspora Investment and New Venture Creation
  • Developing Communities through Social Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship in Medium & large sized companies
  • Business Incubators, Innovation, and Research
  • SMEs as Innovation Drivers
  • Innovation thru University-Industry Collaboration
  • Open ICT Ecosystems as Catalysts for collaboration, growth and innovation
  • International Trade and Foreign Investment

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline Feb 8th, 2018
Notification of Abstract Acceptance Feb 15th, 2018
Full paper/poster due for review March 1st, 2018
Notice of paper acceptance decision April 1st, 2018
Early Bird registration end April 30th, 2018
Final Submission due May 1st, 2018
First Author registration Deadline May 8th, 2018
Conference Dates May 20th-22nd, 2018

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Conference Schedule

Conference full schedule of keynotes, sessions & workshops

15:00hrs - 17:30hrsConference Secretariat


6:00pm - 8:00pmRoraima Room

Opening Reception

7:30am – 4:30pmConference Secretariat


8:30am - 9:30amRoraima Room

General Session

9:30am - 9:45am

Coffee Break

9:45am - 10:45amRoraima Room
New York University Team

Virtual Presentation

“Capital Markets Optimisation in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana: Policy and Private Sector Recommendations”
10:45am - 12:00pmPaper Session I - Room 1

General Session

The Entrepreneur in the Process of Economic Development – Prof. Tarron Khemraj
Factors Shaping the Impact of Transaction Cost Linked to Non-Tariff Regulations on Exports from Guyana – Ms. Dianna DaSilva-Glasgow
Small business survival in Guyana:  Insights and implications – Mr. Sukrishanall Pasha
Market Size and Copy Cats as Limits to Entrepreneurship – Mr. Collin Constantine
10:45am - 12:00pmPaper Session II - Room 2

General Session

Diasporic Entrepreneurship, Trade and Investment in the Caribbean – Dr. Keith Nurse
Remittances, Social Issue Resolution and New Venture Creation – Prof. Leyland Lucas
The Private Sector and Economic Development in Guyana – Prof. George K. Danns
A High Impact Job Creation and Economic Growth Program through Enlargement and Enhancement of the Micro and Small Business Sector: Breaking through the Barriers to Sustainable Growth and Prosperity – Mr. Cosford Roberts A. Roberts
10:45am - 12:00pmPaper Session III – Roraima Room

General Session

weOwn Space: A Co-working Space for Developing Economics – Mr. Eldon Marks & Mr. Chitra Dwarka
Towards a National Cyber Security Strategy – Mr. Malcolm Williams & Ms. Sandra Khan
Economic Transformation through Data Literacy – Mr. Leslie Lee Fook
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mr. Charles Ceres

Luncheon Keynote

1:30pm - 2:15pmRoraima Room
Dr. David Singh

Panel Discussion

“Entrepreneurial Challenges in Indigenous Communities and Youth”
2:30pm - 3:30pmRoraima Room
Mrs. Carol Webster

Panel Discussion

"Safeguarding Innovations: Patenting and Legal Protections”
3:30pm - 4:30pmPaper Session IV – Room 1

General Session

How do Socio-Cultural and Economic Factors Promote/Hinder Women’s Empowerment through Entrepreneurship in Guyana – Ms. Barbara Thomas-Holder, Ms. Pearline Gilkes Henry & Ms. Evette Burke
Gender Inequality and Entrepreneurship – Dr. J. Kalu Osiri, Mr. Uche Jarrett, Ms. Gloria Mwieseneza & Ms. Donna Morrison
Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship – Ms. Lyndell Danzie-Black
3:30pm - 4:30pmPaper Session V – Room 2

General Session

Industry and Academic Collaboration for Innovation in the Natural Sciences at UG 2012-14, October 2015 – Ms. Shameeza David
Waste Management Solutions for a Sustainable Future – Mr. Yonnick K.E. David
Bio-Ethanol Via Fermentation, A Bright Perspective for the Guyanese Economy – Prof. Raymond C. Jagessar
3:30pm - 4:45pmRoraima Room

General Session

Andragogical Approaches to Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Entrepreneurship: Strategies to Enhance Best Practices – Prof. Terrence E. Simon
Caribbean Students’ Experiences at One HBCU: Implications of Acculturation and Adjustment for Undergraduate Students – Ms. Tandeca King Gordon
4:30pm - 4:45pm

Coffee Break

4:45pm - 6:00pmRoraima Room
Dr. Andrew Boyle

Panel Discussion

“Innovation, ICT and Economic Change thru Diaspora and Local Engagement”
8:30am - 9:30amRoraima Room

General Session

9:30am - 9:45am

Coffee Break

9:45am - 10:45amRoraima Room

Panel Discussion

“The Oil and Gas Business vs. The Business of Oil and Gas”
10:45am - 11:45amRoraima Room
Mr. Richard Sammy

Panel Discussion

“Developing a Financial Sector to Support New Business Development”
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mr. Ramesh Persaud

Luncheon Keynote

1:30pm - 2:30pmRoom 1

Business Plan Competition

1:30pm - 2:30pmRoraima Room

General Session

Exigency of Infrastructure for Developing Hinterland Communities of Guyana – Mr. Nazim Baluch & Mr. Richard Rambarran
Entrepreneurship, Separation & Security – Prof. Leyland M. Lucas
Market Size and Copy Cats as Limits to Entrepreneurship – Mr. Collin Constantine
1:30pm - 2:30pmRoom 2

General Session

Student Entrepreneurial Empowerment Development (SEED), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus: A case study – Ayanna Young-Marshall
Youth Entrepreneurship: Best Practices from Other Developing Countries – Dr. Donna E. Danns
The Private Sector and Economic Development in Guyana – Prof. George K. Danns
A study and development of an Agricultural Business Incubator Model aimed at improving the seamless flow of agricultural students from primary through tertiary education and job creation in Guyana – Dr. Patsy Francis
2:30pm - 3:30pmRoraima Room
Honourable Simona Broomes, Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources

Panel Discussion

“Empowering Women and Underserved Communities Thru Entrepreneurship”
3:30pm - 4:30pmRoraima Room
Prof. George Danns

Panel Discussion

“Teaching Entrepreneurship to Millennials in an Uncertain Environment”
4:30pm - 4:45pm

Coffee Break

4:45pm - 5:45pmRoraima Room

Panel Discussion

“Business Incubators for Youth Employment & Business Creation”
6:00pm - 6:45pmRoraima Room

Closing Plenary

Keynote Speakers

Well known industry leaders and emerging talents

  • Hon. Hans Dominic Gaskin

    Minister of Business with Responsibility For Tourism

    Hon. Hans Dominic Gaskin

  • Mr. Justin Nedd


    Mr. Justin Nedd

  • Mr. Ramesh Persaud


    Mr. Ramesh Persaud

  • Mr. Charles Ceres

    CEO GSEC Inc.

    Mr. Charles Ceres

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The Inaugural Entrepreneurship Conference 2018 will be held at the Ramada Georgetown Princess in Guyana, South America.

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The Inaugural Entrepreneurship Conference 2018 will be held at the Ramada Georgetown Princess in Guyana, South America.


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