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UWI Students Take Title at EWC Jamaica

ST. CATHERINE, JAMAICA – JA Bioplastics, a startup that uses biotechnology to create plant-based plastic materials, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Jamaica.

JA Bioplastics uses biotechnology to create plant-based plastic materials and resins that are 100% degradable in soil, compo-stable, water-soluble and fire-retardant. The product provides clients with a triple bottom line impact through social, environmental and economic benefits. It has the potential to replace up to 40% of synthetic plastic saving the environment from $1 trillion of damages.

“Locally in Jamaica, some single-use plastic is banned as do many other countries,” said Jordan Freeman, founder of JA Bioplastics. “Manufacturers are left without a solution and we will provide them with natural resins/pellets that they can use to mold and produce single-use plastic that is natural and biodegradable.”

 Led by a pair of students from the University of the West Indies, JA Bioplastics emerged victorious from a pool of 67  contestants – each receiving access to free virtual training services to help them take their venture to the next level.

Other finalists at EWC Jamaica  included:

  • Skolastik Oasis Caribbean, a program that seeks to bridge the gap between students and tertiary education financing, through the identification of scholarships, and the provision of application support.
  • Mamavenaskitchen, alocal restaurant (Homestyle Kitchen) serving authentic, delectable and heart-warming Jamaican meals.
  • Te’-Lor Woolery-Eugene, a mobile and web application offering S.T.E.A.M. projects and tasks in a teachable, enjoyable format to support the existing formal education system.

More than 102,000 contestants from 184 countries entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from the idea stage to growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another at the Misk Global Forum ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019.

EWC is an initiative led by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Misk Global Forum with support from a collection of national and global partners, including the Global Educational and Leadership Foundation and GSVlabs.

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