Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Lanisia Rhoden started her first business Le Monde Concessionaire and Catering Services Limited in 2009 and is the CEO and Managing Director of the company. Committed to community and youth development, Lanisia also founded the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Young Women/Men of Purpose (YWOP/YMOP), which provides career mentorship and guidance, personal development training; and entrepreneurship and business development services to youths in Manchester in the same year.
Lanisia has achieved remarkable success in her two main ventures. Her catering company has provided food & beverage services for numerous corporate companies in Jamaica, including the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) for as many as 1000 persons. Her NGO, YWOP/YMOP has received high praises for its Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP) which received funding of USD$19,000 from the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund, to train approximately 50 young entrepreneurs in Manchester, 14 of whom received Business Development Grants of USD$500 each to further develop their businesses.
Not only is Lanisia a practicing entrepreneur, but she has pursued studies internationally in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester, UK as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar (2012 – 2013). She also holds a BSc in Food Service Management from the University of Technology, Jamaica and is currently one of nineteen Fellows from across the world, and the first Jamaican, of The DO School, Germany. She is very passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise with other young people by serving as a part-time instructor with the HEART Trust/NTA and more recently became a Business Advisor for the Business Development and Workforce Solutions Department of the Trust.
Lanisia has received several awards for entrepreneurship, leadership and community development including: the Southwest TVET Institute’s Women in Business Award 2014, the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work 2013 in London as a Regional finalist for the Caribbean and Canada region and the Governor General of Jamaica Award for Youth Leadership and Community Development for the Parish of Manchester, Jamaica in 2011.
Lanisia now considers herself a Social Entrepreneur as she is now working on her newest venture Link Your Purpose (LYP), which is a technology social enterprise that she hopes will help Jamaican students with career development and make the NGO YWOP/YMOP sustainable.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
As a Fellow of The DO School, Germany, Packaging Challenge 2015, I am currently working my Venture Coach Romy Kraemer who have been providing guidance, advise and connecting me with the right persons throughout the implementation phase of my project.
The additional partners that I hope to work with are:
• Social Investor form the UK who is interested in investing once the first prototype has been completed.
• High school and university students and youth at risk who are unemployed these are the main beneficiaries and users of the product and services being offered by the venture.
• Government, the Ministry of Education partnership will be established to install application on the tablets of the high school students within the “Tablets in Schools Project”. The Government will be approached to license the career services application/software for it be used as part of the curriculum for career education.
• Digicel, major Telecommunications Company collaboration or partnership will be created to use their system to collect subscription payment from each local user of the mobile application.
• Colleges, Universities other Institutions and Companies these stakeholders will be approached to advertise their programmes, products/services and job offerings on the platform.