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Sponsorship event brings tech community to UNOPS Innovation Centre

Companies from Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States pledged support for entrepreneurial learning and manufacturing in Antigua and Barbuda.

The new Science and Innovation Centre, which opened in January, saw partners and supporters, join representatives from the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade at a sponsorship event dedicated to bringing more resources and jobs to Antigua's new space for young tech entrepreneurs.

British company Airbox, which produces Situational Awareness tools and software, hopes to move its manufacturing set-up to Antigua. Xshore, a Swedish electrical boat manufacturer, is also looking to send its manufacturing to Antigua.

“From the outset, this project has stayed true to its original objectives, by exhibiting strong prospects to contribute to our national vision of investing in our young people,” said Minister Chet Greene, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade at the event.

Other supporters – the Ideon Science Park, based in Lund, Sweden, Vienna-based Global Sustainability Index Institute and New York-based Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center – was also present. Donations included solar panels, computers and electronic equipment.

Students at the Science and Innovation Centre were given a one-day ‘entrepreneurship 101’ course, delivered by UNOPS Head of Innovation, Jonas Svensson.

He said: “Providing the means and tools to assist younger generations in entrepreneurial pursuits is what UNOPS Innovation Centers are all about.”

“Yesterday’s session highlighted opportunities for business and the importance of innovation in Antigua and Barbuda, as well as further afield,” said one young entrepreneur, Eli James.

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