The Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations in Bonaire, an island in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, made a substantial impact on the community with almost a sixth of the island’s population participating in the 25 activities organized over the course of the week.
The celebrations were organized by the GEW host organization for Bonaire, Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña (FNP), a foundation established in Curaçao which hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Week on the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean. FNP invited Jeff Hoffman, who is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of Colorjar and Global Entrepreneurship Network board member, to attend the closing gala of GEW Bonaire as a guest speaker. Hoffman is also a worldwide motivation speaker, a published author, film producer and entrepreneurship ecosystem leader.
GEW Bonaire opened with a challenge for students to win the title of the most talented young entrepreneur of Bonaire. During “The Challenge,” six young finalists had to convince the jury to buy their useful products made out of waste glass. Teachers, parents, friends and family were among the audience.
GEW Bonaire event partners such as the Chamber of Commerce and MCB Young Professionals, also organized various presentations and interactive workshops during the week. The Chamber of Commerce taught the participants about starting a business, and the MCB young professionals shared their knowledge on important steps in constructing a new business.
One of the most popular events of the week was Hoffman’s presentation on the secrets of launching and running a successful business on a small island, during the closing gala. For the attendees at the closing gala event, his most important message was that Bonaire, and indeed the world, needed more entrepreneurs, because the core business of an entrepreneur was to be a fast, efficient and cost effective problem-solver.