“2nd Young Belizean Entrepreneur Wins Growing Up CEO Award” Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2009 16:17

Ricky GongoraFor two consecutive years, Youth Business Trust Belize received a message stating, "Congratulations! One of your entrepreneurs has been selected for the 2009 Growing Up CEO Program!" Ricardo Gongora, a second year student at St. John’s College Junior College, was this year’s lucky recipient. 

As a winner, Ricardo was invited to a three-day Inner City 100 Summit May 19- 21, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the Summit, he was exposed to some of the fastest growing companies in America, and had the opportunity to develop relationships with Inner City 100 winners, gain access to world class business education and advice as well as getting to meet national business and civic leaders.  

A specialized track was developed for young inner city business owners like Ricardo where he had the opportunity to attend the CEO Forum at Harvard Business School for a luncheon session with Professor Michael E. Porter and afternoon sessions with other Harvard faculty. He received his "Growing Up CEO Award," at a luncheon with the Inner City 100 and other distinguished guests on Wednesday, May 20. He was also able to present his business at a booth which was viewed by more than 1,000 people who attended the Inner City 100 Awards Dinner.

Youth Business Trust Belize is a program offering young persons, ages 18 to 35, assistance in starting their own businesses. The program offers loan financing, training and the ever important component, mentoring, which guides the young persons’ business on the road to success.

Those who have pledged their commitment to the program, which is being funded by the Inter American Development Bank, have made a serious investment in the future of Belize. The program, which follows the Youth Business International model started by Prince Charles of Wales, boasts of a vast network of about thirty seven countries worldwide. 

YBTB applauds the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) group and Michael Porter for giving young stars around the world the encouragement for reaching their full potential