Government Invites Small Business Owners to Join Incubator
The Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development (CICBD), in the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, is inviting micro and small business owners to apply to its residential business incubator programme.
The business incubator, which will officially open on March 24, will host twenty micro and small businesses owners who do not currently have a work space from which to operate. The residential business incubator will be free of charge to participants for a period of up to two years.
The business incubator will be located at the CICBD, Baytown Plaza, West Bay Road in George Town.
In addition to the space, successful participants will have access to laptops and other office equipment, in-house business advisors, strategic development support and a special advisory panel consisting of legal, accounting and other business professionals.
Director of CICBD, Althea West-Myers said the incubator programme is an extension of the Centre existing business mentoring programme. “It is targeted towards entrepreneurs with high growth potential. We are aiming to harness the creativity of local entrepreneurs to create innovative, sustainable businesses with the potential to employ significant numbers of people and increase global competitiveness,” she noted.
Minister of Commerce, Hon. Joey Hew said the programme will identify, nurture and train Caymanian entrepreneurs to make the micro and small business sector more globally competitive.
“This aligns well with the Unity Government’s priorities to support small and micro businesses to succeed and also to diversity the economy and support growth in new market sectors. Under this programme, entrepreneurs will be provided with access to equity capital, opportunity to expand markets and given an opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs through mentorship and training sessions,” Minister Hew stated.
Participants in the programme will be selected through a competitive application process. Applicants should favourably fall within the following sectors:
- Software Development and Mobile Applications
- Media and Communication
- Industrial Design
- Creative Industries
- Support Services such as information technology, marketing and human services, and
- Environmental Innovations
The business incubator programme is open to start-up and existing micro and small businesses that demonstrate an interest in innovation, have a growing market base and provide evidence that they have been able to attract users and made sales of their product or service.
In addition to the identified sectors, businesses must:
- Be a registered enterprise that is at least 60% Caymanian-owned;
- Have a viable product that has been/is ready to be market tested;
- Be actively engaged in the entrepreneurial community for at least 6 months; and
- Be willing to allow for monitoring and evaluation of enterprise for impact assessment up to 24 months after the close of the programme;
The deadline to apply to participate in the residential incubator programme is Friday, March 5, 2021.
Interested business owners can visit the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure website at www.ministrycpi.gov.ky for information and application forms. They can also go directly to the Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development or email CICBD@gov.ky for further information.