Saturday 22 September, 2018

Enterprise Technology Award added to Chamber's Champions of Business

A new Enterprise Technology Award category has been introduced to the Trinidad and Tobago’s Chamber’s 2018 “Champions of Business” Awards.

The new category was announced at the launch of the competition on June 28.

Speaking at the launch, Rakesh Goswami, TSTT Executive Vice President Strategic Alliances, Enterprise and Tobago Operations said this new category aims to recognise local businesses that are embracing the full potential that technology has to offer.

“The state of technological infrastructure, awareness and adoption in local businesses is beneficial for the country and it is important to recognise the strides that businesses are quietly making that keeps T&T as the business gem in the crown of the Caribbean,” he said.  Details on eligibility, prize structure and enrollment period will be made public shortly.

The other categories for the 2018 Champions of Business Awards Ceremony are: 

Business Hall of Fame 

Internationally Known...T&T Owned Company of the Year, sponsored by First Citizens

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by EY

Special Award

Last year, Jules Sobion, founder of Caesar’s Army, won the Emerging Category while Cheryl Baptiste and Nigel Jordan, local tea makers and founders of Twigs Naturals won the Start-up category.

In her address, Pria Narinesingh of EY said the company's investment in the Champions of Business is really about supporting the future.

“Yes EY supports big business through the many services we offer our clients, but we continually challenge ourselves to find our clients of tomorrow.  As a corporate citizen the opportunity to identify and recognise the achievements and future potential of outstanding young entrepreneurs is important to the future of our Nation,” she said.

To be eligible for the Emerging category a nominee must be the founder or current leader responsible for successfully taking a business to the next level. Additionally, the nominee’s business must have been founded within the last three to ten years. 

Eligible Start-up entrepreneurs must be the founder of a business between one to three years old and must demonstrate strong potential to build out the business and be a “one-to-watch” for the future. 

Nominees in both categories are screened and judged on six criteria. These are a. Entrepreneurial spirit b. Value creation c. Strategic direction d. National and global appeal e. Innovation f. Personal Integrity and Purpose-driven Leadership which speaks to social value creation in the community

The selection of the winners is done by an independent panel of judges.

To nominate, send an email with the name and contact information of your nominee to eoy.caribbean@ey.com or contact the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. 

The Champions of Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 1 at the National Academy for Performing Arts.