Applause and laughter filled the Irie Foods diner as Bank On Me finalists, other contestants, tutors and promoters watched a pre-recorded television broadcast of the Season Two finale on Tuesday night when Sean Carter was declared winner.
Carter, of Rhema Cooling, took this year’s Scotiabank’s $15,000 first prize, while Dario Greenidge, of Shine Vehicle Care Centre, copped the Fund Access Spirit Of Enterprise Award of $5,000, with Janelle Mitchell, of Smart Arts Room, taking the coveted People’s Choice Award of $2,000 from the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation.
According to presenters of the business talent-spotting show for young people, Blue Waters Productions, contestants went through seven episodes, eight workshops, four major challenges, and a final question and answer session before the emergence of the person with the best business idea.
In an earlier statement, Blue Waters executive producer Alison Saunders said the response of young Barbadians to this second season of Bank On ME was thrilling, and “while the broadcasts are over in Barbados, the show is at various stages throughout the Caribbean with some broadcasts still to begin”.
Saunders added: “We are really excited about being able to expose our entrepreneurs and their products and services to 24 regional markets, including major ones like Jamaica, Trinidad and the Bahamas.”