The DBJ has had a long and successful relationship with our local universities. This relationship was further cemented in 2013, at Jamaica’s and DBJ’s first Venture Capital Conference, when our Keynote speaker – Paul Ahlstrom, Founder and CEO of Alta Ventures USA - invited our then chairman, Joseph M. Matalon to join him in sponsoring a Business Model Competition for student enrolled at tertiary level institutions. This heralded the start of the annual National Business Model Competition (NBMC) executed initially on three universities – Northern Caribbean University (NCU); University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). In 2016 Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performance Arts (EMC) and in 2020, the College of Agriculture Science & Education (CASE) were added to the pool of universities.

The NBMC, creates a platform for experiential learning and the honing of entrepreneurial skills, promotes and encourages entrepreneurship using the business model canvas, to validate and build out sustainable business ideas. The NBMC is aimed at developing a pipeline of thought leaders and creative thinkers as we seek to grow the Jamaican economy. The competition is in keeping with DBJ’s Vision for Jamaica’s Private Equity-Venture Capital Industry, which is to ensure that by 2020, Jamaica is the “entrepreneurial hub” of the Caribbean.

emcEdna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts (EMC)

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) is known for a rich tradition of excellence in the arts, and the ONLY choice for higher education in the visual and performing arts, and arts management. The College is housed in the culturally diverse Creative City of Music – Kingston. The College is invested in promoting the cultural diversity of the Caribbean and enriching the aesthetics sensibilities of its students through quality education and training in the visual and performing arts. With the School of Arts Management, the College further taps into the unlimited potential of the Cultural and Creative industries to bolster economies and create meaningful careers for its graduates. Steeped in the rich cultural tradition of the Caribbean, the EMCVPA has been developing and preserving arts and culture for over six decades, beginning with the establishment of the School of Visual Arts in 1950. Read more www.emc.edu.jm

caseCollege of Agriculture Science & Education (CASE)

The College of Agriculture, Science and Education, a multidisciplinary institution, is committed to providing education and training of the highest quality in agriculture, science and teacher education to men and women in Jamaica, and also in other Caribbean countries, through teaching, research and outreach. Bachelor of Science in Business Studies. From our humble beginnings in 1910, the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) has been at the fore front of higher learning in Jamaica, particularly in the areas of agricultural and scientific innovation. Read more www.case.edu.jm



NCUNorthern Caribbean University (NCU)

Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is a private, liberal-arts institution, located in Jamaica, that is owned and operated by the Jamaica Union Conference and the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists (comprising the territories the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands). With its main campus only 2 miles south of the town of Mandeville, in Manchester, and three regional campuses situated in Kingston, Montego Bay and St. Ann, this university offers several professional, pre-professional and vocational programmes in a spiritually wholesome and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Read more www.ncu.edu.jm



UTECHUniversity of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH)

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech,Ja.), formerly the College of Arts, Science and Technology is located within the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Region in the parish of St. Andrew and occupies approximately 18.2 hectares. It lies to the east of the Hope Botanical Gardens within the Papine-Liguanea commercial centres. The campus is served by several bus routes and is within walking distance of the Mona Campus of the regional University of the West Indies and the University Hospital. Read more www.utech.com



UWIUniversity of the West Indies (UWI-Mona)

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus offers world class, accredited higher education programmes to Jamaica, the region and the globe. We engage in research and development designed to support the social and economic growth of the Caribbean region, the provision of community service, and the enrichment of the academic experience. Read more www.mona.uwi.edu



UCCUniversity of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC)

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) is Jamaica’s largest non-affiliate privately held premier higher educational institution providing students with world class educational programs and highly trained and qualified local & international faculty. The institution has its headquarters in Kingston Jamaica. It was formed in 2004 as a result of the merger in 2002 of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS) incorporated in 1992 and the Institute of Management & Production (IMP) incorporated in 1976. The new expanded institution remains one of the fastest growing institutions in the country as well as in the Caribbean region. Read more https://www.ucc.edu.jm/