Ignite Launches Second Internship Programme

Ignite Bermuda has launched its second Young Adult Entrepreneurial Internship program thanks to the support of HSBC Group and HSBC Bank Bermuda.

A spokesperson said, “The 8-week internship program aims to support local young adults’ passions for entrepreneurship through workshops with industry experts and project-based internships within some of Bermuda’s top startups, all Ignite alumni. After identifying a gap in local internship opportunities, this program was created for aspiring young entrepreneurs to gain real-world entrepreneurial experience and knowledge prior to launching their own businesses.”

Co-Project Managers Alicia Lister [standing far left] and Georgia Rego [standing far right] with part of the 2022 Young Adult Internship cohort. [Top row, left to right] Naomi Fubler, Zillah Welch, Ashley Fubler, Erin Cardoso, [Bottom row, left to right] Kaleo Place, Sé-Lah Ray, Kiera Simons, Najee’ Pitt-Clarke, Jordin Edness, Tomiko Douglas

Holly Mazar-Fox, a host for the 2022 program added, “This program is a wonderful opportunity for young entrepreneurs to gain first-hand experience of what it takes to run a business from all facets while discovering what it takes to run a successful company .”

The program which is set to run until July 21, 2022, began on May 31, 2022 with a full-day orientation in the Ignite Hub alongside the Ignite Team and some of its alumni. Interns engaged in workshops covering Entrepreneurial Mindset & Behaviors, Value Proposition, and Pitching & Persuading.

ms. Mazar- Fox added, “I am excited to work closely with my intern, sharing the ins and outs of my art consultancy business — from sourcing artwork to non-fungible tokens to Free Ports, showcasing how powerful these markets can be for anyone with a passion for the arts. It is also important to empower young adults; to encourage their ideas and input, that in turn will directly impact our industries.”

Intern workshop with guest panelists Raisá Tuzo – 1616 Premium Cocktails, Tanya Bule – HSBC, Alexandra Mosher – Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewelery and Tallent Clark – Rugged Rentals

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Erin Cardoso, 2022 intern mentioned, “Before starting the Ignite program I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. Upon starting the program I have learned so much in just a few days and have been able to hear from like-minded individuals with different points of view and ideas.”

Another 2022 intern, Jordin Edness added, “The Ignite Young Adult Internship has already exposed me to another level of understanding needed to scale a successful business in Bermuda.”

Over the remainder of the programme, interns will participate in workshops on topics such as customer discovery, marketing, health & wellness, Bermuda economic overview, public speaking, entrepreneurial journey, and more. Upon completion of their internships, interns will have the opportunity to present on their business-education to date, progress within their local startups, and how they anticipate applying this knowledge moving forward.

Young adult intern Ashley Fubler, working alongside host entrepreneur Emilie Faulkner-Meek, founder of Rise Marketing in the Ignite Hub

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Ignite Bermuda said they are “grateful for the support from HSBC Group and HSBC Bank Bermuda, for both their financial contribution and their continued commitment in supporting Bermuda’s young adults through their insightful staff involvement during our workshop events.”

Tanya Bule, HSBC Bermuda’s Head of Wealth Personal Banking and Executive Sponsor overseeing the partnership added, “We are now in our second year commitment in supporting the Young Adult Internship Program and continue to be impressed by the caliber and drive of Bermuda’s young adult entrepreneurs.

“Honey these important skills required for the future success of the interns is a key part of HSBC’s community investment initiatives. This program helps build the confidence and business acumen one needs in order to sustain and/or scale-up a successful small business, whilst fostering economic development in a cross-section of industries across our island. We look forward to, once again, meeting and supporting this year’s cohort towards realizing their entrepreneurial dreams.”

Young Adult Intern and Host Mentor Business/Organization

  • Ashley Fubler – Emilie Faulkner-Meek, Rise Marketing
  • Erin Cardoso – Jodi Virgil, Organized Solutions
  • Jada St. Clair – Kristin White, St. George’s Stakeholders & Long Story Short
  • Jordin Edness – David Cahill, Bermuda Charge
  • Kaleo Place – Toriano Simmons, Rewards
  • Kiera Simmons – Patrina O’Connor Paynter, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bermuda
  • Najee’ Pitt-Clarke – Craig Smith, Greenhouse Bermuda
  • Naomi Fubler – Kristen Scott Ndiaye, Noémie by the Well
  • Se-Lah Ray – Reva Minors, Loquat Roots
  • Tiara Fisher – Claire McDevitt, Healthcare Solutions
  • Tomiko Douglas – Alex Marshall, Hot Fiyah Entertainment Ltd and Whip Rideshare
  • Zillah Welch – Holly Mazar-Fox, Mazar-Fox Art Consulting
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