What is the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean?
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean was opened in Montego Bay Jamaica by Sir Richard Branson In September 2011. The Centre is a hub for aspiring entrepreneurs. Our mission is to offer practical business skills, access to coaches to offer guidance, mentors to share their experiences, professional services to build strong businesses, exposure to networks, finance and investment opportunities. We believe these are essential components for entrepreneurs to grow strong and sustainable businesses.
The Branson Centre’s vision is to support the development of small and growing businesses to create jobs and contribute to the economy in the Caribbean region.
Business as a force for good
We believe business is more than making money and can significantly contribute to social good. Entrepreneurs are critical to the economic growth in the Caribbean and they can also make significant changes to their communities.
“Entrepreneurs need to change their way of thinking and make their businesses ‘a force for good’ , not just a force to make money, if they think like that and empowered all their staff to think like that, they can make a massive difference” - Richard Branson.
Virgin Holidays, the UK’s leading long haul tour operator, is the lead Virgin business sponsor of the Centre in the Caribbean contributing £2m over 10 years. Virgin Unite oversees the day to day operations of the Centre.
Formed in 1985, it is built on the founding Virgin principles of excellent customer service, high quality and value for money. The brand is particularly known for its history of innovation and the ‘magic touches’ it has brought to market, from dedicated ‘leisure lounges’ to the first electronic brochures. Virgin Holidays has become synonymous with honesty and reliability, delivered with a sense of fun and an innovative twist.
Virgin Unite is the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group. We unite people and entrepreneurial ideas to reinvent how we live and work in the world to help make people’s lives better. Our aim is to do our bit to revolutionize the way businesses, government and the social sector work together – driving business as a force for good. We also incubate new, independent approaches to leadership including the Elders, the Carbon War Room, and the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship.
Virgin Unite’s overheads are covered by Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, meaning that 100% of donations received go direct to the frontline where they are needed most.
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