This multi-year, Barbados: Supporting Entrepreneurs through the JOBS Initiative, partnership focuses on the growth of an entrepreneurial culture and diversifying the service oriented economies in this region. The project will create new business opportunities in Barbados and neighboring countries, with an emphasis on young adults.

The partnership will also work to establish the University of the West Indies Cave Hill School of Business’s Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship as the hub for innovative business training and growth in the Eastern Caribbean. Cave Hill is collaborating with Indiana University Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset in the region through updated degree and certificate programs focused on alternative energy initiatives, high-tech ventures, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship in cultural industries.

Many technical/vocational community colleges and higher education institutions in the United States and abroad have business schools and centers that are actively linked to industry and corporations. The partnership's directors are confident that the academic and business communities in Barbados will facilitate a strong foundation for graduates who have an entrepreneurial spirit, regardless of their area of study.

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Remarks from U.S. Department of State Chargé d'Affaires on Partnership Launch (2011-02-24)

At a Glance

Partner Institutions:

Indiana University; University of the West Indies


Latin America & the Caribbean


Feb 2011–Jun 2014

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Success Story

A higher education partnership aims to create new business opportunities for Barbadian entrepreneurs and offer strategies to strengthen their businesses.

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