OECS Seeking Young Entrepreneurs

Press Release:Friday, February 17, 2017 — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is seeking to identify 30 young entrepreneurs making strides in their respective business endeavours, through its 30 Under 30 in Entrepreneurship initiative.

Thirty young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 will be recognized as examples of youth success in entrepreneurship.  They will be accepted as a cohort for business support by the OECS Competitive Business Unit; receive mentorship to aid their professional and business development; receive technical assistance; and be assisted in sourcing markets and financial assistance.

Entrepreneurs can be from any discipline or industry, including but not limited to, Art and Fashion Design, Business, Technology, Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Social Development, and Entertainment.

All entrepreneurs despite business size, years of operation, and business industry will be considered. Entrepreneurs must be 30 years old or younger at the time of nomination, and be a citizen or resident of an OECS Member State.

Through its Youth Empowerment Strategy (YES), the OECS Commission opened nominations for its 30 Under 30 in Entrepreneurship initiative in November of 2016.

While nominations have been pouring-in,  the OECS has decided to reopen the process with the goal of having nominations be more representative of the region by encouraging nominations from Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts, BVI, Montserrat and Martinique. Nominations for the OECS 30 Under 30 are open till March 15, 2017.


  1. Sharon terrell
    February 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    In this world it’s all about entrepreneurs they make the world go round in the country and globally.We cannot expect government to create all jobs,we have to help our selfs by creating our own job by using our skills.We have to be ambitious strong minded people with working hands.Also government can create jobs but its all about who has the skills.Many poor people are illiterate and may be uneducated but the can use their skills to survive which in turn can become a business and a way to feed their families.We need to teach our young people trades to get them out of poverty,its another way to stop crimes if they can use their skills to put monied in their pockets

  2. Enrico Louie
    February 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    How do I go about nominating myself.

  3. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Quite often, people who want to establish their own businesses are not supported by the lending institutions. Because of this lack of support, the people concerned have to hustle in order to jump start their little businesses and to keep these businesses afloat for a sustained period of time. As such, only the ” fittest” survive, and even then, for how long? So self employed persons wishing to establish their own enterprises should really get some help to do so from the Government, in whatever form such help may come.

  4. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    How do I join