Devin Collins recently spent a week in Jamaica, where he worked with entrepreneurs as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored visit, leading multiple workshops, customer discovery competitions and roundtable discussions at the U.S. embassy.
In his talks, he provided insight into best practices related to startup ventures and the role of universities in driving and developing job creation through innovation among other topics related to entrepreneurism.
A key point he stressed is that startups are the real job creators not major corporations, according to a feature story in The Gleaner.
Collins, associate director for Ventureprise, participated in the visit for the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative, Professional Fellows Program, funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Dave Oakley, a Jamaican entrepreneur and founder of Crimebot Limited, had visited North Carolina in fall 2017. Collins served as his mentor during a five-week stay in the United States.
Originally published April 16, 2018.