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Northern Caribbean University Awarded for outstanding performance in the National Business Model Competition
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:50:04 PM

President of Northern Caribbean University, Dr Lincoln Edwards with Executive Director the Morris Entrepreneurship Centre Mrs. Hazel Wright O'Connor (left),) and CEO Public Sector Organization of Jamaica, Dennis Chung (right) share a laugh at the recent National Business Model Competition Appreciation cocktail

Northern Caribbean University, NCU was recently awarded by the Development Bank of Jamaica and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica for its outstanding performance in the National Business Model Competition, NBMC.

For the past three consecutive years students of the Northern Caribbean University have copped the prestigious first place position, in the NBMC.

They have won a combined figure of $6 million dollars and have represented Jamaica on the international front.

Usain Bolt won 3 Olympics gold medals and he has been declared a legend, the Brazilian football team won the Jules Rimet trophy three times before it was retired.  NCU has won the business competition three times and so I think that that places us in the realm of greatness.  I would like to congratulate the team and the University for leading the way in this endeavour.” President, Northern Caribbean University, Dr Lincoln Edwards

Dr Edwards went on to thank all the sponsors, “ for coming up with something as important as this [NBMC] and I hope that it continues because it brings out the best in our young people


NCU was recognized among several other Universities, judges and sponsors for its support over the years, at an appreciation Cocktail held at the Develop Bank on Jamaica, DBJ, on January 19.

President of Northern Caribbean University, Dr Lincoln Edwards (second left) proudly stands with past National Business Model Competition winners and NCU alumni, Herboo chief operating officer Kamla Williams (far left) , Herboo Chief Executive Officer Javin Williams, Guarana Inc  Founder and CEO Princess Shakes,  Vena Vitea Health Ltd team member Sherika Rowe   Lecturer, College of Business and Management Charles Evans and  Vena Vitea Health Ltd CEO Lancelot Riley

Since the inception of the NBMC, NCU has been the reigning winners.  The 2014 champion, Herboo, an organic shampoo company, has since secured markets in Florida, the Cayman Islands, Barbados and Japan.

The 2015 winners JarGro, a business which replicates the natural way plants grow, in an effort to make agricultural production easier for many home garden customers received honourable mentions in the International Business Model Competition.

And Last year’s winner Guardana Inc, which produces the only line of natural cosmetics developed directly for elements associated with island weather, was placed sixth in the International competition.  The company’s Triple Protection Lotion, Mineral Sunscreen with Vitamin C, and All-Natural Six-Hour Insect Repellent Spray is expected to be available at Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.

NCU has high hopes of continuing its winning streak in this the fourth staging of the competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston from March 23-24.

The participating tertiary institutions are the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), University of the West Indies (UWI), Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the University of Technology (UTech).

The competition is designed to cultivate the establishment of more creative enterprises and promote innovative businesses in Jamaica.

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