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About Us

General information

The BEF is run by a Board of Directors, led by Chris de Caires, who is the Chairman of the Board and Celeste Foster, Chief Executive Officer.  There are currently 6 members of the Board, which was expanded in 2013 to include wider representation from the business community, including young entrepreneurs.

The activities of the BEF are organized around 5 Pillars with appointees to each Pillar as Project Champions.  The Project Champions have responsibility for developing and executing projects in relation to the goals of each Pillar.  The Pillars and their Project Champions are listed below.

Access to Finance – Pillar Champion: David Simpson
Business Facilitation – Pillar Champion: Melanie Jones 
Business Mentorship & Networking – Pillar Champion: Sade Jemmott
Government Policy – Pillar Champion: Dr. Jeannine Comma
Education and Talent Development – Pillar Champions: Keith Miller and Celeste Foster

Each Pillar has recruited a group of volunteers who work with the Project Champions to develop goals, objectives and a work plan.  The activities of each Pillar are planned and carried out by the Pillar members with the assistance of the Programme Manager.

The Project Champions and the Chairman of the Board belong to a smaller Management Committee which meets from time to time to report on activities and to advise the Chairman of the Board.

Some of Our Projects...

$20 School Challenge

To help build a culture of entrepreneurship among high school students in Fourth and Fifth form students in Secondary schools across Barbados. Before they enter the world of work, the BEF has implemented two programmes that specifically focus on introducing students to the idea of entrepreneurship:

Angel Investor Network

The Trident Angels is now up and running with over twenty Angel Investors who are looking to invest in potential high-growth businesses. Projects are submitted by Entrepreneurs and viewed by Angels. Once there is sufficient interest, the Entrepreneur is invited to pitch his or her business to the Angels. 

Classroom 2 Boardroom

The BEF has partnered with the Rotary Club of Barbados and Entrepreneurs in Action (EiA) to implement the Classroom to Boardroom (C2B) programme.  C2B is a learning tool offered by EiA, a UK based company which works internationally with young people to build their entrepreneurial skills.

Agriculture Business Challenge

The BEF Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme for Secondary Schools has two phases, the first of which is the COB Agriculture Business Challenge. The programme in its entirety is aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills in youth already involved agriculture.