Angela Davis-Podiatrist

EOI: Angel Investment Engagement Training from CaribExport

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is inviting regional start-up companies and high growth potential MSMEs to participate in the first staging of its Angel Investor Engagement training for regional entrepreneurs. There will be a series of three trainings, the first to be held in Barbados on, June 22nd, 2015 for entrepreneurs located in Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname. The other two will take place in Jamaica (to cover entrepreneurs in Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas) and Saint Lucia (to cover the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States OECS countries). The dates and venues for the trainings to be held in Jamaica and Saint Lucia will be announced at a later time. Please note however that entrepreneurs from all CARIFORUM Countries (Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago) are required to apply for the training using the deadlines indicated in this Expression of Interest notice.

This training will sensitize, educate, and train regional entrepreneurs in global best practices methods of engaging angel investors for investment.

In its mission to increase the competitiveness of firms in the region, Caribbean Export has taken note of the inability of regional firms to consistently gain access to the right mix of financing applicable to their stages of development as being a major hindrance to them achieving success. As such Caribbean Export has embarked on activities, in conjunction with our World Bank partners, to increase access to private equity financing, specifically Angel Investment to regional firms. One such activity involves training regional entrepreneurs on how to properly and successfully engage Angel investors when seeking to raise capital for their businesses.

caribexport logoFormal Angel investing within the region is a new occurrence; however, informal angel investing has been taking place within the region for many years. There are three formal Angel groups in the Caribbean; two in Jamaica (First Angels Jamaica and Alpha Angels), and one in Barbados (Trident Angels) and others planned for formation in the short and medium term. There are also a number of regional High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) performing angel type activities outside the auspices of a formal angel group.

Caribbean Export will sponsor a representative from twenty (20) CARIFORUM firms to participate in this event. The aim of this initiative is to build the capacity of those selected to strategically target, engage and properly pitch to regional/international angel investors.

This EOI is targeted to, but not limited to both start-ups and established firms who are actively seeking angel capital, and also firms that are exporting or have export potential in both goods and services.

Interested persons must submit all required documentation to Caribbean Export Development Agency.

All Expressions of interest should be submitted no later than June 5th  2015 4:30 pm Barbados time, by email only and in English to Mr. Kevin Jones, Caribbean Export – Advisor; Access to Finance at email kjones@carib-export.com.

The criteria for participating in this initiative are listed below:

Firms must submit: 

  • Completed Expression of Interest (EOI) application form
  • An Executive Summary of your Business Plan/ Business Model (1page max)
  • A Letter of Commitment:
    • Indicating a willingness to provide Caribbean Export with information on your progress in seeking angel investment.
    • Demonstrating intent to use the training as a tool to target regional angel groups/ investors for funding.

Please note that the support that Caribbean Export will be providing to each of the 20 successful candidates to participate in this Business Summit is limited to:

  • Direct economy airfare for one person
  • Accommodation and daily stipend for one person (based on European Union guidelines)

The OECD defines a high-growth enterprise as a firm with an “average annualised growth in employees (or in turnover) greater than 20% a year, over a three-year period, and with ten or more employees at the beginning of the observation period.”

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Investor Engagement for Entrepreneurs Flyer and Agenda Final

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Proper Foot care is essential for Diabetic Patients says Podiatrist Angela Davis

BRADES, Montserrat  – The critical importance of proper foot care for everyone and especially for people suffering with diabetes was highlighted during the past week as Podiatrist Angela Davis visited Montserrat.

Davis’s visit was organized by Caribscan as part of the Pink Ribbon Charity Week.

The UK-trained podiatrist now based in Jamaica, held consultations with patients for six days at the Davy Hill Medical Centre. Speaking on ZJB Radio Montserrat last Wednesday, Davis said as our feet are connected to everything and carries all of our body weight it is very important that they be cared for to allow them to work effectively.

“Apart from the heart our feet are one of the hardest working parts of our body. Often people who have problems with bunions or callouses will just hide them away in shoes because they are embarrassed but that won’t solve the problem,” she said. “People often try to treat the problems themselves but it is best to allow a professional to look at them regularly.”

During Thursday evening’s information evening, the podiatrist told the more than 80 people gathered at the Cultural Centre that for diabetics the importance of foot care is even more critical. A side effect of high sugar levels and poor circulation is that the peripheral nerves at the tips of the toes become numb and this loss of feeling is quite dangerous, as the individual loses the ability to feel hot or cold or injuries which may be caused by sharp objects or hitting the foot.

Podiatrist Angela Davis, General Surgeon Dr Braimah Kassim, President of the Montserrat Diabetes Association Valerie Davis-Lynch, Sonagrapher and host of Feet For Life Sonia Charles, and local General Practitioner Hon. Dr Ingrid Buffonge at the Podiatry Evening held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. (Goldenmedia Photo)
Podiatrist Angela Davis, General Surgeon Dr Braimah Kassim, President of the Montserrat Diabetes Association Valerie Davis-Lynch, Sonagrapher and host of Feet For Life Sonia Charles, and local General Practitioner Hon. Dr Ingrid Buffonge at the Podiatry Evening held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. (Goldenmedia Photo)

During the evening, Davis along with local General Surgeon Dr Braimah Kassim showed images and gave advice on how to protect the feet of a diabetic.
“Your toes should be able to move freely in the shoe,” explained Davis. Wearing shoes with good souls and proper back support was admonished, along with regular moisturizing as it is very important to hydrate the skin.

Feet4Life-PosterDr Kassim that with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Montserrat, of the clinics on island now had nurses who were trained in proper foot care. He encouraged residents suffering with diabetes who would like to have their feet assessed should visit their nearest clinic for assistance.