Nadia Browne is the first place winner of the first Eastern Caribbean Currency Union?s (ECCU) Business Innovation Contest.
Her submission emerged the top amongst a pool of 157 entries from secondary schools and sixth form college students in the ECCU member countries.
A release from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) says the Contest challenged the competitors from across the ECCU to conceive an innovative business idea and submit the concept with a supporting business plan.
Browne?s ?Fruit N Fit? business idea is a snackette and gym combination, targeting the youth.
The release notes that Browne?s submission was driven by her concerns about the precarious rise in obesity levels in the region and a drive to help the young people of her community.
Keivor Delpleche of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in St. Kitts and Nevis placed second.
The release says she impressed the judges with her home bakery concept called ?Cravings? specializing in decorative cupcakes for every occasion and classes designed to help pastry enthusiasts enhance their baking skills.
Third place was captured by two students from the Convent High School in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The ECCB release says the team of Nia Sorhaindo and Jawole Joseph saw a need in their island home and proposed an entertainment centre which they dubbed, ?The Arts.?
Their idea proposed a centre that would be open to all, particularly the youth, and providde an environment where aspiring artists could express themselves through visual and performing arts.
Amongst the list of commendable entries selected by the judges was a submission by Sharese Allen of the Montserrat Secondary School.
The ECCU Business Innovation contest awarded EC$10,500 in prizes to the winners.
The contest formed part of the Bank?s discovery exercises to identify areas in which capacity building was needed in terms of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking which are critical to the growth and development of an economy.
The release notes that the ECCB will use the observations made by the judges of the competition to develop sessions designed to address the gaps found in the students? submissions.