Local Entrepreneurs to Attend 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Dale Trotman (center) and Malikca Cummings (second from left) are given a fond farewell by Deputy Chief of Mission, Laura Griesmer, Deputy Political/Economic Chief, Stephen Simpson, and Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Jeffrey Barrus.

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to announce that Dale Trotman of Barbados, Malikca Cummings of Barbados, and Anastasha Elliott of St. Kitts and Nevis will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016, in Palo Alto, California. The trio will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and entrepreneurship leaders.

Dale Trotman developed MedRegis in 2013 based on his idea to improve healthcare throughout the region through the use of electronic health records. Malikca Cummings established Caribbean E. Waste Management to address the problem of recycling electronic waste. And Anastasha Elliott is the owner of Yaphene, a modern apothecary and gourmet boutique that creates personal care and food products using organic food crops grown in St. Kitts and Nevis.

These innovative entrepreneurs will be joined by President Barack Obama and other high-level members of the U.S. government including Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, USAID Administrator Gayle Smith, Ambassador at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.

GES 2016 aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration. It will also connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships, and highlight entrepreneurship as a means to address some of the most intractable global challenges. Hosting GES in Silicon Valley will highlight America’s entrepreneurial spirit and allow American investors and entrepreneurs to see the talent, solutions, and opportunities that exist globally.

The summit will include a wide range of workshops, panels, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions aimed at giving participants tailored opportunities to gain skills and relationships that will help their ventures grow.  GES will also feature demonstration areas, experiential learning exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with industry experts.

This Summit will be the seventh installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya.  In bringing GES back to the United States, President Obama is highlighting his commitment to building bridges to help tackle global challenges.