Entrepreneurs and professionals in the information and communication technology industry gathered at Automotive Art’s corporate headquarters last Friday evening for the launch of Foo Café Barbados, an entrepreneurial hub focused on boosting collaboration between entrepreneurs.
Foo Café Barbados is a meeting place for entrepreneurs where they can learn, create new ideas and collaborate with each other through lectures, seminars, workshops, and various meet-ups hosted by interest groups.
Events, such as “Startup Dojo,” will allow entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas and receive feedback and mentorship on how to further develop their businesses, and “Coder Dojo,” will teach children how to write code, as Lybron Sobers, founder of Foo Café Barbados, emphasised “computer literacy alone is no longer enough, code literacy will be an essential skill in future generations”.
“Foo Café Barbados is for designers, developers, marketers, managers, engineers, and the list goes on, but what we all have in common is that we are leveraging the power of information and communication technology to drive our businesses and create value, or we are involved in the ICT industry in some way,” stated Sobers. “The goal is to create global companies and global brands that are based right here in Barbados.”
During the event, Shannon Clarke showcased his Clever Grocer application, a smart shopping assistant, and Polyevolution, a social network for designers and developers. Samora Reid, founder and creator of Red Donor, showcased his web application, which is a social network linking blood donors with those who need blood.
Doug Armstrong, CEO of Automotive Art, also announced the second annual Automotive Art Entrepreneurship Competition, which will be kicking off in August.