Initiatives
for Young Entrepreneurs

Our mission is to assist young, motivated Bahamian Entrepreneurs with an integrated support package to further their business.

The Deltec Young Entrepreneurs Award seeks to honor outstanding entrepreneurs that go above and beyond to achieve higher level of success.

Deltec Young Entrepreneurs Award

Michael Johnson

Blue Water Organic Shrimp Farm

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson became the first Family Island-based winner of the Deltec Young Entrepreneurs Award in 2023. Michael’s Blue Water Organic Farm (located on the island of Grand Bahama) is on the brink of pioneering the national seafood industry by providing fresh, sustainable seafood to locals and tourists through national supermarket chains, and five-star restaurants and neighborhood eateries. Johnson expressed his excitement that the DIYE shared his vision and their commitment to a selection process that included all Bahamians, not just Nassauvians. While admitting that he was nervous and anxious about the pitch competition, Johnson credited his win to his mentors and his resiliency. Blue Water Organic Farms mission is to be an industry leader through environmentally friendly technologies for the purpose of producing a commercially viable product, that will capitalize on our innovative process, lowering cost to the consumer. The short term goal is to completely capture the entire shrimp import market, contributing to food security in the Bahamas. The long term goal is to export premium healthy shrimp to neighboring countries at a price cheaper than the competition.

Lakeisha Rolle

The Financial Academy

Lakeisha A. Rolle

The winner of the Deltec Young Entrepreneurs Award 2022 is Lakeisha A. Rolle, founder of The Financial Academy. The Financial Academy, was established in 2019 to foster financial education in The Bahamas, so young Bahamians learn how to manage safely their future. The Financial Academy offers a series of products and services to support this mission, and is a registered program with The National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas (NAECOB). The Academy offers: Personalized Saving Kits & Savings Jars, Financial Wisdom Coloring Books with Parent Lesson Guides, Webinars and Workshops for Children ages 8 – 12; Personal Finance Starter Kits, Financial Tips & Tricks Guides and Cash Organizers, Webinars and Workshops for teens (Ages 13 – 17):; and Personal Financial Management Guides, Simple Saving Strategies Guides and Aggressive Saving Strategies Guides, Financial Consultations, Webinars and Workshops. For Young Adults ages 18 – 30.
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Corn Diggity Dogs

Aquindo Colebrooke

Aquindo Colebrooke is the owner of Corn Diggity Dogs, 2020 winner of the Deltec Young Entrepreneurs Award. Corn Diggity Dogs is a Bahamian-owned and operated food provider specializing in a unique variety of corn dogs with a Bahamian flair. Established in 2014, Corn Diggity Dogs has gained popularity as a pop-up vendor at many local festivals and events. Corn Diggity Dogs key products include: 100% Beef Corn Dogs; 100% Turkey Corn Dogs; Conchy Conch Dogs; Vegan Corn Dogs; Keto Beef Dogs and Keto Turkey Dogs. Corn Diggity Dogs was founded out of Aquindo’s passion for cooking and love for corn dogs. Before devoting himself fulltime to Corn Diggity Dogs, Aquindo served as a marine with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force for 10 years where he used his skills as a certified Marine Outbooard Technician and Saxophonist in various capacities.

Featured Entrepreneurs

Cordero Bonamy

Aktiv Body Rehabilitation

Cordero J. Bonamy

Having completed his secondary education at St. John’s College in Nassau, Bahamas, Cordero J. Bonamy went on to attend Dickinson State University, where he received his BSc. in Biology in 2011. Cordero continued his studies at UWI-Mona, where he received his BSc. in Physiotherapy in 2016. Returning home at the end of 2016, he devoted his time to volunteering at sporting events and raising physiotherapy awareness in The Bahamas. Cordero founded Aktiv Body in August 2017, and has gained experience by traveling with numerous Bahamian national sports teams. His desire to assist others combined with his extensive knowledge fuels him to help patients regain functionality.

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KLK Consulting Ltd.

Kristin Kelly

KLK Consulting Ltd. established in 2015 is a recruitment company founded based on a need many companies had for quality staff in the workplace. What began as a simple consultancy with a resort grew into a small business making a major impact within various organizations. KLK Consulting has contributed to the employment of 100’s of Bahamians with no cost to them. Additional services offered include background checks, external staffing, resort babysitting services and more. Kristin Kelly holds a Bachelors in Psychology from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University.

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The Balloon Princess

Karis Knowles

The Balloon Princess is a progressive balloon company aimed at providing balloon designs and arrangements, and an ultimate feel good accessory for all occasions that make people smile. Founded by Karis with a passion for beautiful things, she hopes for her balloons to be more than just balloons – she wants them to educate, to decorate, to celebrate, to inspire, to profit, and to dream! Her dedication to innovative balloon designs, superior customer service, and originality provides her with a competitive edge. Karis Knowles is an eleven-year-old, honour roll student at Temple Christian Elementary School.

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Paradise Adventures

Bartler Blanc

Paradise Adventures is an ambitious beachfront entertainment company that seeks to provide the first-ever floating island entertainment just off the mainland of Nassau. This destination will be a new lifestyle enhancement for both the locals and tourists in the Bahamas. This floating structure will feature an inflatable water park with music entertainments, motorized and non-motorized water sports. With loads of new ways to appreciate and explore, Paradise Adventures seeks to create the world’s greatest beach day affair every day. No matter the occasion, this will always be the place to celebrate. Bartler Blanc has an extensive background in the local tourism industry.

Teja Munnings

Ribbons For Life

Te’ja Munnings

Ribbons for Life is the brain-child of Te’ja A. Munnings. What originally began as a small avenue for a young girl to bring awareness to cancer, has blossomed into a deep passion and global mission to raise funds for cancer. Combining her talent for sewing with her passion for helping those in need, Ribbons for LIFE (Living In Faith Everyday) produces handmade ribbons to bring awareness to the numerous types of cancer affecting infants, children, teenagers and young adults. Te’ja gives a portion of her proceeds from sale of the ribbons to various cancer care organizations. Te’ja Munnings, Ribbons for Life founder, is a 10th grade student at Queen’s College.

Kryshon Butler

KB Photography and Films

Kryshon Butler

KB Photography and Films was established in 2014 to provide quality photography and videography services. At the helm of KB Photography and Films is Kryston Butler, who is an avid photographer with an eye for capturing images, freezing moments in time and revealing how rich reality truly is, through photography. Kryston aims to capture all of life events through his camera to create lifetime memories for each and every client, a picture to make a moment last forever. KB Photogrpahy also offers photo booth services through its Strike-A-Pose Photo Booth brand. Kryston Butler received a Photography & Theater Certificate from the Dillard University.

Donavon

242Jobs.com

Donavon Powell

242Jobs.com is a groundbreaking solution that makes recruiting, hiring and managing talent faster, easier and more cost effective than ever before in The Bahamas. The site is effective in matching educated, skilled, responsible workers with employers in need of job assistance. With the growing rate of unemployment, 242Jobs.com is the solution and is the centralize location where job seekers can find job openings in the various islands of the Bahamas. The website is absolutely free to job seekers to apply for jobs. Donavon Powell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Tiffin University.

Joshua

Limeade Bahamas

Joshua Miller

Joshua’s late father had a family recipe for making limeade. He used indigenous limes along with other natural fruits to create his blueprint, putting a Bahamian twist on the traditional lemonade. Unlike most bottled, fruit drink products, Limeade Bahamas’ beverages are not made from concentrate, nor use artificial syrups or flavourings. The product is made with fresh limes, purified water, unrefined sugar cane and fresh fruits, which gives Limeade Bahamas a distinct taste that separates it from other beverages in the market. Joshua Miller holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Paul Quinn College.

Tavara

Glow Candle Company

Tavara Simon

Glow was established in 2014 and inspired by Tavara’s love of candles and personalized gifting. Though she recognized her interest, it took more than 10 years of researching and accumulating an obsessive collection of candle recipes and ideas before she actually made her first candle. What began as crafting creations for gifting to family and friends, has blossomed into a fulfilling, passion driven small business, specializing in candles and home fragrances. Tavara Simon is a wife, mother, and a self-taught chandler. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management from Nova Southeastern University.

Michaela

Total Management Group

Michaela Munnings

Total Management Group (TMG) is a young and innovative company that is relevant to today’s evolving society. TMG is widely recognized as a leading provider of services in the areas of administration, management and marketing. It hopes to equip small businesses with the necessary tools and resources for a seamless transition from launch, to growth, to expansion of their enterprises. Michaela’s dedication to professionalism, integrity and confidentiality sets her apart from the competition. Michaela Munnings holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Nova Southeastern University

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Livi Resort Wear

Linnea Chisholm

Livi Resort Wear is a Bahamian resort wear brand that seeks to embolden the active island lifestyle. Founded in 2011 by Linnea Chisholm, Livi Resort Wear began as a young girl’s fashion dream, that quickly evolved to become a brand that communicates the Bahamian island life to the world. Most recently Livi Resort Wear has designed a small collection of all authentic Bahamian straw bags with a modern interpretation and elevated style. Linnea Chisholm studied fashion design at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, Italy, followed by The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Genaye

Artsea Creative

Genaye Sherman

Art(sea) Creative is an art retail business that customizes glassware with Genaye’s signature design of dripped paint flowing down the glass. Always looking for new ways to challenge herself as an artist, Genaye started experimenting and pushing the limits of hand-building with ceramics, thus created a collection of “egg-shell” thin ceramic bowls. Genaye thrives with customized work and enjoys working with clients to create new designs. Besides being the artist and running her business, Genaye is also an art teacher at C.I Gibson Senior High School. Genaye Sherman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from the University of The Bahamas.

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