Caisey and Amaral win BEDC awards

  • Entrepreneurial education: Kim Caisey, centre, and Nathan Amaral, far right, receive their Scholar of the Year awards. They are joined by, from left, BEDC executive director Erica Smith, BEDC board member Craig Tyrell, and Marico Thomas of award sponsors Burger Shack (Photograph supplied)

    Entrepreneurial education: Kim Caisey, centre, and Nathan Amaral, far right, receive their Scholar of the Year awards. They are joined by, from left, BEDC executive director Erica Smith, BEDC board member Craig Tyrell, and Marico Thomas of award sponsors Burger Shack (Photograph supplied)


Entrepreneurs Kim Caisey and Nathan Amaral have been named Scholars of the Year by the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation.

Ms Caisey is founder of KIM’s List, an online resource for children’s activities and events, while Mr Amaral is the owner of Bermuda Photobooth Rentals.

The winners each received a $250 award from prize sponsors, Burger Shack.

Ms Caisey and Mr Amaral were given their awards at the annual Entrepreneurship Education Awards ceremony, which celebrates entrepreneurs that have demonstrated continued dedication to growth in their businesses by taking the educational courses and workshops that BEDC offers throughout the year.

Scholar of the Year awards are given to individuals who demonstrate “tremendous dedication to learning by taking two or more courses and also having near perfect attendance”, the BEDC said.

Jamillah Lodge, director of communication and development at the BEDC, said: “At the Entrepreneurship Education Awards, BEDC acknowledges entrepreneurs that have invested in their businesses by investing in themselves and have taken on the challenge of learning new skills, sharpening their minds and keeping up with the latest trends.”

In the three years since BEDC instituted a formal entrepreneurial education regime, 250 entrepreneurs or would be entrepreneurs have graduated from the four multi-week courses offered: Think Like an Entrepreneur (Ice House Entrepreneurship Programme); Entrepreneurship 101; and Financial Statements Planning and Costing using QuickBooks, Part 1 and Part 2.

Helping to develop a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem is one of BEDC’s prime objectives and sharpening the skills and knowledge of hundreds of entrepreneurs annually through educational courses is just one tangible way BEDC achieves this, the organisation said.

Erica Smith, executive director of the BEDC, said: “We are proud that a number of Bermuda’s best innovative and creative businesses, such as Rugged Rentals, Gotcha Covered, Fusion 4 Business, Bermy Eats, Maxilous Salon, Drop It, and Media Maven, to name just a few, have all been graduates of BEDC’s multi-week courses over the last three years.”

She added: “BEDC continues to be committed to developing programmes that support entrepreneurs and acknowledge their accomplishments. Our annual Entrepreneurship Education Awards highlights this and we are proud of this year’s 109 graduates.”

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Published Dec 18, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 17, 2019 at 7:18 pm)

Caisey and Amaral win BEDC awards

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