News Release HAMILTON, Bermuda – On August 10th, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) hosted a graduation dinner for the 8th cohort of the Enterprise Bermuda Accelerator.

Colina Outerbridge, Business Data & Policy Analyst at the BEDC provided the welcome remarks for the occasion. She congratulated the graduating cohort, stating, “In today’s dynamic and competitive world, entrepreneurship is pivotal in driving innovation, job creation, and economic progress. As graduates of the Enterprise Bermuda Accelerator program, you are not only the driving force behind your businesses but also catalysts for positive change in our society.” She continued, “Your passion, determination, and vision will not only benefit your ventures but also contribute to the overall prosperity of Bermuda.”

The BEDC established a partnership with Interise, a non-profit organisation based in Boston, to provide the curriculum for the Enterprise Bermuda Accelerator. Christina Griffin, Program Associate at Interise, sent congratulatory remarks to the graduating cohort via video. She stated, “To the graduating class, you leave here today with a three-year strategic growth plan, the tools, peer professional relationships, network, and continuing engagement services that you’ll need to implement it. Implementation of the growth plan will lead you to grow, and from this growth, you’ll have the ability to scale or continue to scale and the power to contribute to the job creation rate, the wealth creation rate, and the resilience of your communities.”

Mr Ogunyemi joined Richard Augustus, Client Service Representative at the BEDC, and the BEDC Executive Director, Erica Smith, to hand out the certificates to the graduating entrepreneurs, including: John Lee, General Manager of Sound Concepts Ltd.; Caroline Bartlett, Owner of Feel Good Studio Bermuda; Keisha Allen-Smith, Ownerof Target Learning; Dale Jackson, Co-owner of Hindsdale Management and Dallanika Hayward-Wilson, Owner of Touch BDA.

The celebrations culminated with closing remarks from Mrs Smith. She stated, “Today marks not just the end of an intensive journey through the Enterprise Bermuda Accelerator but the beginning of these graduates’ entrepreneurial journeys. Over the past six to seven months, I’ve had the privilege to watch you embrace the StreetWise ‘MBA’ curriculum, engage in peer learning, and grow as entrepreneurs and community leaders. She continued, “The creativity, passion, and resilience you’ve shown are markers of great success, and I have no doubt that the future holds incredible opportunities for each of you. The BEDC commits to continuing to help you achieve your goals.”

The BEDC continues its commitment to innovation, job creation, and economic progress by hosting the Enterprise Bermuda Accelerator once a year. With the new cohort set to begin in 2024, the BEDC invites established entrepreneurs and business owners looking to grow their businesses to visit to learn more about the program, the requirements and how one can apply!

Photos from BEDC Enterprise Bermuda Accelerator Graduation Dinner – Front: Keisha Allen Smith, Owner, Target Learning; Dallanika Hayward-Wilson, Owner, Touch BDA; Erica Smith, Executive Director, BEDC; Richard Augustus, Client Service Representative, BEDC; Colina Outerbridge, Business Data & Policy Analyst, BEDC & Caroline Bartlett, Owner, Feel Good Studio Bermuda