The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College staged its major production “ THE IGEN COMPETITION” during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2018 calendar of activities. The Idea Generation Competition (IGEN) is part of SALCC’s contribution to Global Entrepreneurship Week under the theme “Recognizing Youth in Entrepreneurship”
Entrepreneurship is widely regarded as the pathway through which enterprises of all sizes are developed, empowering individuals to create value and wealth; thus, generating employment for themselves and others, moving from being job seekers to job creators. This year, the Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce four themes for this year’s GEW 2018 celebration, recognizing women, youth, and inclusion in entrepreneurship, as well as connecting ecosystems around the world.
As part of its contributions to GEW 2018, the Business Department of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College hosted the Idea Generation Competition (IGEN), on Tuesday 13th November at the CEHI building on the grounds of the college. An exciting addition to the IGEN competition this year was the participation of students from a few secondary schools on the island. The aim of the IGEN competition is to harness students creative and innovative entrepreneurial ideas, and to inspire the next generation of future entrepreneurs by building and developing their confidence and ambitions.
Over the last seven years that the college has participated in this global event, students have participated in a variety of GEW related activities geared toward developing an entrepreneurial mindset and encouraging the college community to look beyond the classroom and beyond the office desk to a future that will sustain them and the future generations. Student participation in GEW has been overwhelming. In their quest to harness their entrepreneurial skills and talents, students have developed individual and group project ranging from sustainable plastic lamps, models of amusement parks, alternative telephone carrier bags, ultra- modern swim ware and jewelry, newspaper apparel, advanced gaming programs, beauty products and appetizing culinary delights specifically from the students at the hospitality department among others. Students have also pitched award winning ideas and have gone on to market some of their products and services locally and regionally.
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The team of dedicated faculty has ensured that over the years SALCC-GEW has maintained its focus of encouraging student entrepreneurial development; and with the growing participation of students and the support from GEW partners, it is our hope that GEW- SALCC will unleash individual creativity and break boundaries by Cultivating young leaders for Entrepreneurial Success.

Dr. Maria Mbinda- Lashley Senior Lecturer/GEW Coordinator Business Department Sir Arthur Lewis Community College mlashley@apps.salcc.edu.lc