Development Bank of Jamaica to host two Executive Training Workshops for Private Equity and Venture Capital (PE-VC) Stakeholders

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), through its Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP), is pleased to announce that it will host its 2018 Executive Education Workshops, at the UWI Regional Headquarters on July 16 through to the 20, 2018. 

There are two 2-day training workshops that target all stakeholders with an interest in the private equity and venture capital markets.  Each session is planned around a series of exercises designed to illustrate to participants the practical experiences that drive current private equity practice.

The workshops are part of the educational initiatives under the JVCP’s implementation plan, and will seek to improve the knowledge levels of local stakeholders in fund management, deal structuring and general PE-VC investing, thereby equipping participants with the tools to operate in this expanding market.

Workshop 1 is on July 16-17 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.  New players in the industry are ideally suited to attend this workshop.

Workshop 2 is scheduled for July 19-20 and will provide more in-depth training for investors and financiers,  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.

“Over the past 24 months there has been increased activity within the PE-VC space, including, but not limited to, the increased investment in the asset class by corporate and institutional investors, accompanied by greater levels of fund raising by new and experienced fund managers. The legal and regulatory framework to ensure that local and international capital can seamlessly undertake transactions is also an area of focus and, as such, we look forward, not only to the deal makers undertaking this training, but also to their advisors, including legal and accounting professionals” states Audrey Richards, Project Coordinator, JVCP.
The training workshops will run for two days each and are to be facilitated by the UK-based, Ascentium Associates, a specialist trainer in the field of PC-VC and real estate. 

Garry Sharp is the Programme Director and will deliver the training.  Garry is widely experienced and 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.

“We, at the DBJ, are focussed on building a robust and sustainable VC-PE industry and these workshops are but a few of the activities we have planned to build capacity and expertise of stakeholders within this emerging industry”, explained Milverton Reynolds, Managing Director, DBJ.

Space is limited and interested persons are encouraged to register early. Registration is only online at