Visiting another country on vacation can leave one feeling like you have experienced all there is to experience from a particular culture. But we all know that when you get in with the locals you get to see nuances, challenges, beauty, and even opportunity that you may have missed because you were not looking at the experience the same way that those who live there day in and day out.
Jamaica is one such example. The experiences most people have in a resort is different than those who live there, work there, and call it “home.”
Entrepreneurs Across Borders mission is to identify, curate, and connect seasoned entrepreneurs with emerging entrepreneurs in developing nations like Jamaica.
We would love to include you in an exclusive experience we are calling Beyond the Beach IMPACT Tour.
Most importantly you will come home having made a difference, and with a clear understanding of how your unique experiences as an investor or entrepreneur can help elevate Jamaica moving forward
Impact Tour Agenda
(Subject to change)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
Welcome Dinner & Briefing.
Meet in Montego Bay and spend the first evening learning about the Mission and vision
of Entrepreneurs Across Borders, the culture of Jamaica, and how we should be looking
at our tour.
Location: S Hotel Montego Bay at the JamRock SkyDeck
Time: 6:30PM Cocktails and Welcome Reception
7:15PM Self Intros to the Group Followed by Dinner
8:15 PM Fireside Chat Jamaica Intro with Susan James-Casserly of Food For The Poor
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
“Micro Entrepreneur” Tour
This day will be focused on the “micro-entrepreneur” and persons living well below the poverty line.
7:00am - Breakfast
Opens at the S Hotel (please confirm timing and name of venue). There is also coffee and take out items available in the Cafe. As needed, grab and go for consumption on the drive!
Team Depart S Hotel - Bring all luggage
Arrive at Holland High School
We will tour the future home of a planned entrepreneurial village and meet the principal of a local high school who is developing young entrepreneurs as part of their education.
Location: Martha Brae
10:00AM Depart For Spanish Town
12:30 - New Horizon Ministries
New Horizons Ministries
We will meet with Michael Barnett, CEO for New Horizons Ministries, who helps unattached youths develop job ready skills and create new companies by teaching them welding and fabrication skills.
Location: Spanish Town
Lunch - TBD
We will also tour a neighborhood in Spanish Town where we’ll speak with a local Priest works with gang populations.
Food For The Poor Tour
We will tour the headquarters for the largest non-profit in Jamaica, meeting their team, leaders, and learning about how and why this organization is essential to Jamaica’s fight against poverty.
Location: Spanish Town
Depart Food For The Poor For New Kingston and the AC Hotel (New Kingston)
Checkins to the AC upon arrival
Optional Happy Hour in the Hotel Bar
Location: AC Hotel, New Kingston
Depart for dinner
We will be dining at one of Kingston’s many fine dining establishments. This will be a casual but working dinner where we will design real solutions to aid in developing more entrepreneurship amongst the micro-entrepreneur population.
Return to AC Hotel
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH
Kingston Beta Startup Ecosystem Tour
This day will be focused on the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs in the country’s
finance and business hub.
8:30AM: Women in Tech and Investing in Jamaica Breakfast
Ingrid Riley will host a discussion about the challenges women in tech and investment in Jamaica face. We will also discuss why this is important to the long term health of Jamaica and how we can be helpful allies. Breakfast will be served during this roundtable. You will me several women involved in tech and investing who will join the discussion.
Location: The AC Hotel
11:00AM Depart for DBJ
Mid morning Meeting with DBJ Team at their Office: State of Ecosystem, Innovation
Grants, Status of Investment Funds.
Location: DBJ’s Office in New Kingston
1:30 pm- 3:30pm
Lunch Meeting & Round Tables
Ingrid Riley Founder of SiliconCaribe and Kingston Beta. - What challenges to scalable entrepreneurs face in Jamaica?
Jamaican Angel investors Sharon Roper and Andrew Pairman and others
Keith Collister - Jamaican Economy
Investors and Venture Funding Organizations such as Cariai/IDB/DBJ - State of
Angel Investing. We will engage angel investors and ecosystem builders who are
working tirelessly to find access to capital and networks for budding tech entrepreneurs.
Cocktail Hour and One on One Connections with Local Entrepreneurs
7:00PM - Working Dinner
We will be dining at one of Kingston’s many fine dining establishments. This will be a casual but working dinner where we discuss the Caribbean Seed Fund, The EAB Global Impact Network - a network of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors who want to give back by mentoring, opening up their networks, or even investing in the most time efficient and impactful ways possible. There will be special invited Tech Startup Entrepreneurs who are raising funds. We will spend quality time with emerging entrepreneurs who face challenges unique to Jamaica.
We will meet in Montego Bay and spend the first evening learning about the Mission and vision of Entrepreneurs Across Borders, the culture of Jamaica, and how we should be looking at our tour.
The next morning, we will then travel together to the future home of a planned entrepreneurial village, the headquarters of the largest non-profit in the country, and experience several locals who are trying to make a difference amongst the most vulnerable populations. Day two will end up in Kingston with a working dinner where we will design real solutions to aid in developing more entrepreneurship amongst this population.
Day three will be focused on the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs in the country’s finance and business hub. We will meet development bank executives who welcome your knowledge. We will engage angel investors and ecosystem builders who are working tirelessly to find access to capital and networks for budding entrepreneurs. We will spend quality time with emerging entrepreneurs who face challenges unique to Jamaica.
The cost for this Beneath the Surface tour of Jamaica is only $2295 and includes all food, lodging, and transport in country. If your significant other would like to join it is only $299 for them to do so. Flights to and from the island are your responsibility.
For those who join us, we will provide a $1000 tax deductible receipt which will also cover your first year’s dues in our Global Impact Network.
For those who would like to come early or stay longer, there are opportunities to participate in Tech Beach Retreat (Nov 30 – Dec 2 in Montego Bay) or Kingston Beta (December 7th in Kingston). You may even have an opportunity to participate as judge or a speaker at Kingston Beta!