What does the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship do?
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship is a hub for budding entrepreneurs, based in Kingston, Jamaica. It gives the region’s most promising business people access to knowledge, markets, networks and resources.The centre specifically recruits entrepreneurs who are passionate about people, planet and profit and who can act as socially-minded changemakers in their communities. The Branson Centre takes a personalised and family-like approach, so that recruits can form meaningful relationships and links to help each other’s businesses grow - entrepreneurs are enrolled onto a training programme where they have access to online learning and mentoring.
By supporting small businesses, the centre helps to create jobs for the Caribbean’s next generation and drive the nation’s economy. The centre believes that entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to make positive global changes while remaining profitable. They have the power to change lives and livelihoods in the communities and countries where they operate. We see them as the conduit for real change and development – a ripple effect that begins with the business and moves into the community at the grass roots level.
The best way forward is to give more people everywhere greater power to build their own destinies.
- Richard Branson
How is Virgin Unite involved?
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship opened its doors in 2011 as an initiative of Virgin Unite and lead partner Virgin Holidays. Virgin Unite is a major funder for the Branson Centre, supporting the centres training and mentoring programmes.
What has this partnership achieved so far?
- An online training and mentoring platform for entrepreneurs
- A three-year US$400,000 “Made of More” entrepreneurs challenge fund set up by BCOEC and the Arthur Guinness Project
- Increasing incomes and job security for Jamaica
- Making online learning fun in the Caribbean
- Farming Blue Mountain coffee cooperatively
- Launching a Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in the British Virgin Islands
How does the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship help entrepreneurs?
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship was the first of our partners to adopt our online platform to deliver their training programme.Using an online resource means the centre can reach even more entrepreneurs rather than being restricted by limited face-to-face places. It also means they can offer a comprehensive mix of on demand services that recruits can access at different times along their entrepreneurial journey
Mentoring is currently open to graduates of the training programme. It uses the online platform to match each person with the best possible mentor, so that they can develop and grow their business. Through technology, the centre is able to provide critical training and make smart mentorship matches.