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April 2017

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

Sustainable Food Cart Pushes Ahead


he four top teams from the University of Technology, Jamaica Business

Model Competition participated in the finals of the 4th National

Business Model Competition held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the

Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The annual competition is hosted by the

Development Bank of Jamaica Limited (DBJ) in association with the Private

Sector of Jamaica (PSOJ) .

The UTech, Jamaica participating teams were Sustainable Food Cart –

sustained by biomass fuel, the cart enables preparation of food on the spot

in a sanitary and modern setting; Organic Branches – a coconut cooking

oil infused with spices; Milikan – environmentally friendly fuel from algae;

and team Smart Shopper – a mobile application that assists shoppers with

calculating the cost of their supermarket shopping cart goods ahead of

cashing out.

UTech, Ja. 2017 Business Model Competition winner, Sustainable Food

Cart, went on to place in the top ten finalists among teams from Northern

Caribbean University (NCU), University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) and

Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

While the team did not finish in the top three of the national competition,

the members are not deterred and are determined to keep moving ahead.

Sustainable Food Cart Team Lead, Mr. Ceretsie Campbell, revealed that “we

hope to start building and selling these carts soon.”

The Natsima Nutraceuticals team from NCU emerged winners in the

National Business Model Competition. Natsima Nutraceuticals is a natural

treatment for sinusitis using a vaporizer and can also be used to prevent

asthma attacks. The team developed the formulation from indigenous

herbs, ginger, guinea hen weed and garlic.

Sustainable Food Cart:

Elated team members of

Sustainable Food Cart from left, Mr.

Ceretsie Campbell, PhD student and

Lecturer, School of Hospitality and

Tourism Management (SHTM), Miss

Danoy Robotham, student SHTM

and Mr. Markland Jefferson, student,

Faculty of The Built Environment

pose in front of their prototype

with their plaques and prizes after

emerging winners at the University

of Technology, Jamaica Business

Model Competition held on February

24, 2017 at the Papine campus.

The Sustainable Food Cart on display at the National Business

Model Competition Finals held March 24, 2017 at the Knutsford

Court Hotel in Kingston.