The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has announced that, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB-MIF), it will be hosting a series of training workshops for stakeholders of Jamaica’s emerging Venture Capital and Private Equity industry.     The workshops are to be held at the UWI Regional Headquarters on June 23 – 26, and will be facilitated by Ascentium Associates, a UK-based training specialist.
Audrey Richards, Project Coordinator of the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) at the DBJ explains that: “The objectives of the training are to ensure that everyone with an interest in the venture capital and private equity industry is fully aware of, and armed with the requisite information and knowledge to be able to undertake transactions and participate in venture capital financing.  The workshops are part of the Knowledge Development of the JVCP’s implementation plan.”
The Private Equity & Venture Capital Executive Training workshops are two workshops, each held over two days that will explore key principles and practices of private equity investing and are designed to ensure specific outcomes for participants.  The workshops are built around a series of exercises designed to illustrate to participants the practical experiences that drive current private equity/venture capital practices. 
Course director – Garry Sharp - has been active in the private equity markets as a practitioner, trainer, writer and adviser since 1985.  He has delivered private equity training since 1990 and has taken an active interest in private equity in the emerging markets since 2002. He has trained, advised or taken active management roles in fund managers in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Tunis, Dubai and Egypt; he has also delivered training in Eastern Europe and South America and was until recently Executive Director of a bank captive PE fund in Mauritius.
Workshop 1 is on June 23 and 24 and will cover general training on the Principles and Practices of Private Equity and Venture Capital and will focus on building knowledge about the dynamics and best practices of the industry.  The workshop is built around a series of exercises designed to illustrate to participants the practical experiences that drive current private equity practice. 
Workshop 2 is scheduled for June 25 and 26 will provide in-depth training for investors and financiers and with special focus on deepening the understanding of the asset class and preparing participants to undertake private equity and venture capital transactions in the Jamaican industry.
“Space is limited and so we would like to urge all interested persons to register online at www.venturecaptialjamaica.com/Executive Training 2015, Mrs. Richards explains.