2016 VENTURE CAPITAL CONFERENCE OPENS IN MARCH

Jamaica's  venture capital eco-system,  global trends in venture capital and private equity, current and future technological innovations  and the collapse of legacy thinking, are among the stimulating and high level topics for the  Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) Venture Capital Conference 2016 from March 7-9, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston.
 
Centred on the theme ‘The Power of Smart Capital… expanding the financial landscape, fuelling innovation, driving entrepreneurship’, the event is an exciting calendar item for venture capital stakeholders such as fund managers, entrepreneurs, businesses, investors, investment advisors, policymakers and international development partners.   Conference sessions promise to be high impact, rich in content and geared at informing, educating and engaging participants. 
 
The conference is being organized by the DBJ and its international development partner, the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), and several local corporate entities. 
The official opening will be on Monday, March 7, while Conference Day, which will feature keynote presentations, plenaries, roundtable and fireside discussions as well as networking sessions, will be on Tuesday, March 8. Wednesday, March 9, has been set aside for a highly interactive and engaging workshop for   entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses and students.

Conference activities include: an invitation-only think-tank where public and private sector stakeholders and investors will look at best practices worldwide and discuss opportunities for financing infrastructure development through private equity.  The public sessions on Tuesday, March 8, will focus on a cross section of relevant topics, such as, the ‘Evolution of Jamaica’s venture capital industry’, while 
"Creating Deal Flow" will examine investors’ viewpoints on engaging entrepreneurs and unearthing opportunities.
 
The session on “Local and regional models of PE-VC success”, will see two regional players providing insights into what it takes to finance, grow and develop successful regional companies, having themselves  received VC start-up funding and private equity. A panel discussion will examine the topic "Mining Investment Gold …incubators and accelerators, do they hold the key?" "Conversations on Entering The Shift Age'” will seek to find answers to, what will it take, who do we need to be to operate successfully in this millennium.
 
The conference headliner is Tech entrepreneur and Founder of HopStop.com, Chinedu Echeruo. Echeruo who has a rich and successful career as an entrepreneur, is the Founder and CEO of Gigameet.com a cause-based fundraising and networking platform.  After his March 8 keynote presentation on "An Entrepreneur’s successful journey … innovation and value creation", conference attendees will participate in a fire-side chat with him and get a chance to ask him questions about his entrepreneurial journey.

The conference, which was last held in September 2014, saw the participation of industry leaders including Joseph Matalon, DBJ Chairman; Therese Turner-Jones, IDB Country Representative; Fabio Pittaluga, Senior World Bank Specialist; Nigel Romano, Vice President Operations, Caribbean Development Bank, and  other conference speakers such as Susana Garcia Robles, Chief Investment Officer, MIF; Diana Smallridge, President, International Financial Consulting Ltd.; Yousef Hamidaddin, CEO, Oasis 500 based in Amman, Jordan; and Nelson Gray an Angel Investor, from LINC, Scotland.
 
Registration for the VC Conference opened online at www.venturecapitaljamaica.com on January 25, 2016.