Berkeley students form virtual company
A group of Berkeley Institute students have taken the plunge and launched their own virtual company called Lost in The Triangle.
The 21-strong class, which was launched in 2016, implements the Virtual Enterprise International programme.
The scheme seeks “to bring the workplace into the classroom” and allows students to run their own business over the course of the school year.
The company has departments and roles, from executives to associates.
With students given a bi-weekly task list, they have to meet deadlines and quotas as if they are in a real company.
The group of students, with guidance from mentors, must come up with a virtual product or service which they must be able to sell and turn a profit.
For the 2018-19 class, students pitched their ideas and agreed on the name of Lost in The Triangle.
Seon Tatem, the company’s chief executive officer, said: “Lost in The Triangle is a company based out of Bermuda offering products and bundles with Bermuda-inspired merchandise.”
Andreaz Glasgow, the chief operating officer, said: “Our company allows us to connect with customers from around the world who want to experience Bermuda but may not necessarily be able to do so for reasons such as costly and environmentally degrading travel.”
The company’s team are eager to get on with running their own business. With the aim to travel to international conferences and trade shows, the students are also asking anyone who may want to support to check out their donation pages either on Ptix or GoFundMe.
The programme is led by teacher Dawn Nichols-Marshall, in conjunction with the Association of Bermuda International Companies. International companies AXA XL, KPMG, FIL and Bacardi will also be supporting the VEI programme, giving the students a unique opportunity to learn from senior business leaders.
The students of Lost in The Triangle thanked the community and its partners for the amazing opportunity presented to them.
The new executives for the 2018-2019 VEI Programme are: Seon Tatem, chief executive officer; Andreaz Glasgow, chief operating officer; Robert Thomas, chief administrative officer; Jeze Butterfield, vice-president, human resources; Tanzania Thomas, vice-president, social networking and communications; Sakile Zuill, vice-president, marketing and sales; Tea-Tephi Pringle, vice-president, fundraising; Etreu Adonai, vice-president, design and technology; Jya Ratteray-Smith, vice-president, accounts.
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