BRIDGETOWN- 3 Barbadian startup entrepreneurs were selected for the Leaders In Innovation Fellowships ( LIF) programme organized by the Royal Academy of Engineering on 17 December 2022. LIF 2022 Global programme will be implemented on January-September 2022 both in-country and in the UK. The LIF programme is consisting of 4 phases including onboarding, virtual accelerator, in-country events and UK residential where startup entrepreneurs will be given opportunity to meet other LIF programme participants, business partners and funders. Visits to leading UK business and technology hubs will be also organized during UK residential in June 2022.

The following 3 Barbadian entrepreneurs/startups were selected for the LIF Programme in 2022; Kerri-Ann Bovell, EcoMycö, Bloom incubatee, Andre Murrell, Iron Charging Solutions, Bloom Incubatee and Cherith Pedersen, Eco-friendly personal hygiene products, private entrepreneur.

Altogether seventy entrepreneurs working to further the UN Sustainable Development Goals from 10 countries have been selected for the 2022 Leaders In Innovation Fellowships (LIF) Global Programme. Participants will receive entrepreneurship and commercialization support from the Royal Academy of Engineering to accelerate the development of businesses and innovations that address variety of challenges from food security and disease prevention to plastic waste and electrifying transport.

LIF has attracted international praise and strengthened partnerships between nations since its launch in 2015, with its companies catalyzing more than 2600 jobs around the world and securing more than $86 million in funding.

Barbados and Romania join the programme this year as new partner countries, with innovators selected for the ingenuity of their projects, and their potential to contribute to development goals. Supported by the UK Government´s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the ten partner countries of LIF Global 2022 are: Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Romania, and Thailand.

Further information: