November 2017

BELTRAIDE and TNC hold Seaweed Cultivation Training

EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), held an all women Seaweed Cultivation Training from November 21st– November 23rd at Little Water Caye. This training provided both a theory session along with hands on experience to fisher women in seaweed farming and cultivation. This initiative was one of many activities under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in November 2016 between BELTRAIDE and TNC. A key objective of this MOC is to support fisheries diversification through the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize.

This three day training was facilitated by the Placencia Producers Cooperative Society Limited, whose members have previously received intensive training and certification in seaweed cultivation. Nine women participants from the peninsula were trained and received certificates.  The training included seaweed cultivation techniques, farm building and designing, planting and maintenance, harvesting techniques, and the drying process.












Panel of judges selects Business Hackathon 2017 Finalists

BELTRAIDE today conducted the First Pitch of this year’s national Business Hackathon 2017 as a part of Global Entrepreneurship Month (GEM) in Belize.
A heartfelt congratulations to the 5 teams that participated in the first pitch. The judges panel, comprising of representatives from BEL, BTL, BWS, BELTRAIDE and smart! agreed that each tertiary level team participated to the best of their abilities with ample thought and energy being put into each innovative solution. That said, the three (3) team’s moving on to the final pitch on November 24th, 2017 commencing at 9:30 am at BTEC are: 
Hackathon Finalists
The teams above are listed in no particular order. Congratulations Teams!
Keep “hacking” at your solutions and join us at #Entrecon2017 to find out who will take home the title of Business Hackathon 2017 Champions!
For more information on #BusinessHackathon and #EntreCon2017 visit
Below are some photos from the First Pitch held today:

BELTRAIDE speaks at the 2017 Impact Investment Forum.

The third annual Central America and Caribbean Impact Investment Forum was held on November 8 and 9, 2017 in Antigua, Guatemala where BELTRAIDE was invited to speak and provide the Caribbean perspective on the panel titled “Innovation in the Public Sector for Investments: Utopia or Necessity.” BELTRAIDE was represented by Mr. Hero Balani, Manager of BelizeINVEST, Generation. Other panelists included representatives sharing experience from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala.


The forum focuses on building connections between industry stakeholders, expanding existing investment portfolios, creating opportunities and addressing challenges to sector growth in the region. The theme for 2017 is “Bridging Gaps and Boosting Opportunities” in convening an innovative and relevant dialogue among actors in the region’s ecosystem to create concrete actions and solutions in closing the gaps that impede impact investment. The two day forum includes over 30 unique events including panels, keynotes, action labs and networking. For more details on the event, please contact BELTRAIDE at or call 822-3737.

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