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The T&T Coalition of Service Industries
(TTCSI) is holding its sixth year of week-
long (November 5-9) events as part of its
annual celebrations for National Services
This year's events, themed, Services Export:
Dream it, Do it! will focus on harnessing
education to build capacity while expanding
and promoting services exports.
Today, the third day of events, will look at
small and medium enterprises structuring
their winning pitch for growth.
In a statement, the TTCSI said, "Over the
past years, the TTCSI has been documenting
the difficulties faced by SMEs in accessing
funding. The causes are equally well known.
For example, traditional bank financing is
often not available due to the lack of adequate
collateral or the opaque modus operandi of
"Recognising that the staying power of a
business, its development and its growth
depend, in large part, on its financing struc-
ture, its management, and the kind of assis-
tance it may receive; the TTCSI has engaged
on a series of initiatives aiming at adapting
the local financial market to facilitate tradi-
tional private equity financing of SMEs.
"It is in this context the TTCSI proposes
to host a training workshop on investor pitch-
ing for entrepreneurs as part of the Services
Week 2013 celebrations. The ultimate goal of
this programme is to provide services
providers with a general understanding of
the investment criteria and terms of different
types of equity investors (venture capital
funds, business angels, and business angel
networks) while assisting them in developing
strategies for pitching to investors.
"This informative and interactive training
will prepare participants with the basic skills
sets required to generate the business plan
content designed specifically for an equity
investor audience and the knowledge required
to develop a detailed pitch presentation for
their project based on this business plan con-
The TTCSI said this session will feature
Kamran Elahian, a veteran entrepreneur with
more than 29 years of experience in the high-
tech industry, and global marketing and
branding guru Stephen Arbeit.
Tomorrow, the focus will be on preparing
children for the future through education,
technology and building intelligence.
"This year's marquee event for the National
Services Week celebrations will feature Richard
Gerver, one of the most inspirational leaders
of his generation. The three core principles
that underpin Gerver's philosophy are com-
munication, empowerment and impact.
"In 2005, he was judged the best head
teacher in the United Kingdom, after turning
a failing school into a global innovation suc-
cess story. Since then, he has become one of
the world's most celebrated speakers and a
best-selling author, helping governments
around the world to shape education policy
and major organisations to make the most
of their talent.
His unique formula is a blend of simple
ingredients---communicate with impact and
empower those in your charge---but the
underlying techniques he has developed are
powerful enough to make learners of all ages
On Saturday, the final day of the week of
events, will be hosting the final final judging,
exhibition and awards ceremony for the Sec-
ondary School Green Building Competition
at the JFK auditorium at the University of
the West Indies, St Augustine campus.
The TTCSI said the competition was devel-
oped in collaboration with the T&T Green
Building Council and aimed at empowering
and inspiring Third and Fourth Form students
while challenging them to identify a problem
within the bounds of their school environ-
ment, and present an alternative based on
For further information, contact the
TTCSI secretariat at: 622-9229 or e-mail,
TTCSI pushes services export
"I've met many people who have told me negative things,
but I combated all the negativity by learning to believe in
myself. Once I know I can do something, no one will make
me feel differently."
This was some of the advice imparted by blink/bmobile
brand ambassador and 2012 Olympic gold medal javelin
thrower Keshorn Walcott to the Standard Five students and
secondary school students attending the La Brea Development
Foundation's 2013 seminar titled, Conquering Your Challenges
on the Road to Success.
The personal development seminar for students from La
Brea and the surrounding areas was held on October 19 at
the Point Fortin East Secondary School.
Other motivational speakers included radio personality
Garth St Clair and Fitzgerald Jeffrey, past principal of Palo
Seco Secondary School. The day proved to be an inspiring
one for the students who benefited from personal development
and team exercises as well as one on one sessions with Wal-
cott.Jillian Nathaniel, a teacher at Holy Name Convent Point
Fortin, said in a statement: "It was good to have Keshorn
here in person to tell the students how he worked hard and
denied himself many things to reach the finals to represent
T&T, and to capture the gold medal for the country."
"Point Fortin's youth and aspiring athletes were inspired
by Keshorn's accounts of his personal challenges and by his
invaluable advice on overcoming similar obstacles."
Kerisse Purcell, a Holy Name Convent Point Fortin student
agreed. Purcell was inspired by Walcott to become a javelin
thrower for her school and the St Patrick district. She said
Walcott encouraged her to focus on herself, exercise and be
fit, and assured her that she, too, could bring home a gold
medal for T&T if she's determined.
Another student, Christoph Dells of Point Fortin West Sec-
ondary School, said, "I learned from Keshorn that everything
I have to achieve does not come easy in life. Do my studies
and never touch drugs because that could destroy my whole
life. Don't be laid back with school work and apply myself."
Addressing the students, Walcott said, "I would like each
of you to remember that no matter what your circumstances,
where you live or what position you are in, keep focused, do
your best and someday it will work out and you will be suc-
Richard Gerver, left, and Kamran Elahian are
the feature speakers at a session hosted by
The T&T Coalition of Service Industries for
National Services Week.
Keshorn Walcott to students:
Keep fit and
never give up
Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott interacts with students.
Keshorn Walcott: I would like each of you to remember that no matter what your circumstances, where you live
or what position you are in, keep focused, do your best and someday it will work out and you will be successful.
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