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Youth innovator looks to beat plastic ban

Jordon Freeman, a graduate student at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, wants to be the Jamaican equivalent of Elon Musk.

Musk is the CEO and chief researcher of several companies, such as SpaceX and Tesla, specialising in computing and automotive engineering. Like Musk, Freeman plans to establish his own company and to be a chief researcher.

Freeman is passionate about biotechnology and what it can do to resolve many problems in Jamaica.

“I enjoy finding solutions to problems,” he declared. “Even if I become a business person, I would prefer to create products that can improve the lives of people, while someone else focuses on the operations and the financial aspect of the company.

“I see [Elon Musk] as a role model and I want to accomplish similar things; always innovating and finding ways to make my country a better place,” he said.

Freeman recently won the Vincent HoSang UWI Venture Competition, which was organised by the Mona School of Business and Management. It encourages members of the university community to use their talents to create ideas that can grow into fully-fledged operations. Students from across all five faculties are encouraged to participate. JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL), a member company of The Jamaica National Group, is one of the sponsors of the annual competition.

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