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February 2017

| VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica


niversity of Technology, Jamaica’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC)

in the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership

(JDSEEL) has been admitted to membership in the Jamaica Chamber

of Commerce (JCC). The TIC’s membership certificate was presented to Miss

Dionne Palmer (right), Incubator Manager, by Mr. Larry Watson, President,

JCC at the Chambers’ Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, January 31,


The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization

comprising businesses and professionals “working together to build and promote

a healthy economy and to improve quality of life” by assisting businesses to

prosper and grow and to integrate into the global economy.

Miss Palmer notes that the TIC considered it prudent to seek membership in the

JCC to support the Incubator’s mission to nurture and impact entrepreneurship

within Jamaica and the Caribbean region. Over 260 clients have been nurtured

in the residential, virtual and shared space programmes offered by the TIC since

its establishment in 2002. Its graduates and clients have been impactful on

the economy with some having gained investment in their businesses and have

been recipients of numerous local and international awards.


utstanding entrepreneurs whose business

ventures are incubated at the Technology

Innovation Centre (TIC), business incubator

- a special unit of the Joan Duncan School

of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership

(JDSEEL), in the College of Business and

Management (COBAM), UTech, Ja. were specially

honoured at the TIC’s annual Client Awards

ceremony held on Thursday, December 8, 2016

at the University’s Papine campus.

The TIC recognised the achievements of current

clients who were outstanding in their respective

fields during this year, through the presentation

of awards in five different categories. These were

the Top Residential Client Award won by Stacy

Kirk, CEO of Quality Works Consulting Limited –

a consulting firm specialising in software quality

and process innovation; the Top Platinum

Client award presented to Wayne Harrison of

International Work and Travel Service – a work

and travel company focusing on tertiary level

students; Top Virtual Client Award presented

to Mark Williams, proprietor of Elite Leaders

International – trainers in cash flow management,

entrepreneurship, investment, leadership, sales

and marketing;

Technology Innovation Centre Now Member of the

Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC)

Entrepreneurial Trailblazers:

Miss Krysta-Leigh Thames, Office Administrator of Edufocal Limited, an online

social learning platform that combines study and play, accepts the Trailblazer Award presented to Edufocal

Limited from sponsor, Mr. Ewan Campbell (left) of Point Global Marketing Limited, at the University of Technology

Jamaica’s Technology Innovation Center (TIC) annual Client Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, December 8,

2016 at the University’s Papine campus. The company also copped the award for Top Client of the Year. Mr.

Gordon Swaby (right), founder and CEO of Edufocal was lauded for his foray into the international arena where

he is currently expanding his business in London and Nigeria.

Cont’d on page 28

Over 260 Businesses Nurtured at UTech, Jamaica’s

Technology Innovation Centre