Cayman student wins Venture Pitch contest

Xavier Ebanks, back row, third from left, with his fellow Pitch 2019 winners at the University of Chester.

A medical education platform for healthcare professionals in the Cayman Islands, created by young Caymanian Xavier Ebanks, was among the winners of a business pitch competition at his university in the United Kingdom.

Ebanks, 28, won funding for his business at the University of Chester Venture Programme’s ‘The Pitch 2019’, in which students and graduates of the university pitch their business ideas to judges.

According to the University of Chester, the Venture Programme “equips students and graduates with the skills and knowledge to start up a business or build their freelance career”.

Winners receive funding to help them start up their businesses, courtesy of Santander Universities UK.

“I was lucky enough to be classed as one of the winners of the competition with my business CMECaribbean Group Limited,” said Ebanks, who studied a Masters in Biomedical Science at Chester in northwest England. He was awarded an iPad Pro, £400 and a Logo Enhancement Package.

“Since winning the pitch, we have been in dialogue with medical groups in the United Kingdom interested in providing medical education courses in the Cayman Islands,” said Ebanks, who will begin his Doctor of Medicine studies at the University of Warwick in the UK in September.

Ebanks described CMECaribbean Group Limited as a medical education platform which provides the Cayman healthcare community with information on the various Continuing Medical Education events on offer.

“The platform originated as a mode to inform the medical students visiting during the summer to be informed of what medical events [are] occurring,” he said. “However, the benefits of the platform soon became apparent to the local medical community and grew from a subscriber base of 30 in June 2018 to over 1,000 in July 2019.”

During this time, Ebanks developed a weekly newsletter and a website, www.cmecayman.com, to support the platform.

He added that, beginning in October this year, the company will be providing its own online lecture series to the Cayman Islands medical community.

Following a competitive application process, nine businesses were shortlisted to pitch and the candidates attended a full day of workshops last month, around the theme ‘Your First Year in Business’, followed by the pitch day itself. Participants were asked to deliver a five-minute pitch to judges, outlining their business idea and model. Following their pitches, seven businesses were awarded a share of £7,000 of start-up funding through Santander Universities’ Excellence in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship.