On August 15th, 2019, The Founder of TAS Belize Limited Mr. Mervin Budram, A YLAI Fellow, as well as William Neidlinger of Banyan Tree Global from Boston; with the support of Meridian International Center as well as Belizean companies & organizations, facilitated FREE marketing & communication consultation for micro, small and large companies as well as launch the Innovate Belize Summit.
Mervin along with his US Host Mr. William launched the first-ever Innovate Belize 2019 Summit at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The inaugural summit and conference brought together local and international businesses and industries, government organizations, and entrepreneurs to have a dialogue on innovative opportunities for communities, the economy, and the country. Its intent was to foster an opportunity by creating a platform where individuals got together, collaborated, and discussed current innovative trends in technology. Over 100 entrepreneurs throughout Belize participated in the event.
The objective of the summit was to bring together thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in Belize to talk, listen and dialogue about the future of innovation; To create an entrepreneurial community in Belize, and finally to foster an innovative culture. The 2019 YLAI Professional Fellows Reverse Exchange program was instrumental in making these goals a reality. Participants that attended the Summit were from across Cayo, Belize, Corozal & Orange Walk District.
Mervin & Bill spent the first week consulting with business in the Belmopan & surrounding area, dialoguing with the panelist & keynote speakers for the Innovate Belize Summit and promoting the reverse exchange program on several media outlets such as Open Your Eyes Morning Show on Channel 5, Eyes on the Nation on My Refuge Christian Radio, Love FM as well as the Guardian Newspaper. They both conducted free marketing & communication consultation with several businesses in the Belmopan area.
They also got to visit the Xunantunich Maya ruin, enjoyed some of Belize’s cultural food at the Belmopan Market Square, and also connect with Mervin’s family & friends.