Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Kayak with Purpose Mercedes' first entrepreneurial initiative. Her main focus has always been promotion of environmental stewardship through work with NGOs. She was President of my primary and high-school Environmental Clubs, won the Belize National Youth Award for Environmentalism (twice), and worked with the Forest and Marine Reserves of Caye Caulker on a mangrove restoration project and Community Reef Technician program, as well as an internship with the Belize Fisheries Dept. Kayak with Purpose allows Belizean youth to interpret the reef and mangrove ecosystems while kayaking with visitors, and hopefully will contribute not only to economic/job opportunities but also sustainable tourism practices.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Ocean Academy is accredited by the Belize Ministry of Education, and has an active Board of Governors. The Aquatic Tourism Program's tour operator partner and mentor is Allie Ifield who owns Toucan Canoes and Kayak. Our other partner is the US State Department who funded acquisition of six kayaks through CARSI ESF grant. Beyond Sport and UNICEF are mentors through the Beyond Sport Award Program.