This free seminar held at the Central Bank aims to inform entrepreneurs about finance possibilities to start, innovate or expand. The discussion will be about which possibilities are out there, which possibilities are missing, and how are supply and demand matching up.
Stories of entrepreneurs who have encountered difficulties receiving funding.
Curacao bankers Association
Business funding initiatives, financing possibilities for businesses and the future of financing of business ventures.
Curaçao Bankers Association
Guido Rojer Jr.
University of Curaçao
Financial needs of Curaçao entrepreneurs and the barriers they encounter
Presentation research UoC on financial needs of entrepreneurs in Curaçao and the barriers they encounter.
Baker Tilly Dutch Caribbean
“Show me the money”: on the financing climate in Curaçao and options available for starting, growing and full grown business.
Baker Tilly Dutch Caribbean
Private Sector Development Consultant
Money, money, money! How do I get it?
The story of Qredits, a microfinancing program
Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange
Crowdfunding and DCSX: competitors or partners?
Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange N.V.
Panel debate "Closing the gap between financial needs and possibilities"
Industry leaders and emerging talents
Minister of Economic Development
Born in Curacao, Attended Pire College, Radulphus College and Erasmus University, Business economist
Worked 9 years for Curinde and 20 years for SFT/Vidanovabank
Currently CEO of Vidanovabank
Supervisory Director at CDM Holding and RDK
Past president of Rotary Club Curacao and President of CBA
Carmen Gomez-Trigg is a private sector development consultant, with experience in the Caribbean region. She has worked in the Access to Finance arena with the World Bank Group and has held consultancies with the InterAmerican Development Bank and the European Union. She has worked with entrepreneurs, guiding them through the process of obtaining funding for their businesses, and assisting with making their operations more efficient. Mrs. Trigg is a national of Trinidad and Tobago, but has worked across the region and internationally for a number of years.
Frank started his career in accountancy 30 years ago in the Netherlands and has gained extensive experience in advising small and medium sized entities and non-profit organizations in practically all industries. Before he joined Baker Tilly Dutch Caribbean in 2009 he has worked as a manager and partner in the Netherlands and during a 3-year period as senior-manager of Ernst & Young on Curaçao. He has specialized in CFO On Demand services, advising family owned businesses, reviews of financial forecasts, financing issues and business valuations.
Lecturer of Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Program Director BSc Business
& Economics | Program Director MSc Business Management | Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics | University of Curaçao dr. Moises da Costa Gomez
Mr. Romer is CEO of the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange N.V. (“DCSX”).
Born in Curaçao, Mr. Romer attended Radulphus College and obtained his Master Degree in law from the University of Curaçao ("Meester in de rechten"). Building on an extensive career in the Financial services, he is currently a Member of the Managing Board of Noro Bank N.V. as well as President of the Supervisory Board appointed in Deed of Incorporation of the Curaçao Development Institute. Mr. Romer is also Member of the Managing Board of Banco del Orinoco N.V. in Curaçao. Since 2011 Mr. Romer has been active in financial services consultancy.
Elwin Groenevelt (1969, married) is managing director of Qredits
Elwin studied business administration for the financial sector in Amsterdam. After his studies he started his career in the financial sector in 1994 as a management trainee at Credit Lyonnais Bank Netherlands. After this, he spent several years within commercial banking as senior accountmanager. During the merger between Generale Bank and Fortis, he was staff member of the Board of Directors. Elwin was then within the Retail Banking division of Fortis Bank branch manager, district manager and regional director eastern Netherlands.
Elwin initiated in 2006 within Fortis the project Microfinance in the Netherlands. Following this successful project he was to be involved in setting up a rural microfinance program in the Netherlands. Elwin was one year employed with the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague. In 2009 Elwin started Qredits, the only national microfinance institution in the Netherlands. Following the success in the Netherlands branches were started in the Caribbean Netherlands on the islands of Bonaire (2015), Aruba (2016) and St. Maarten (2017).
Elwin is also actively involved in the European microfinance sector and currently serves a three-year term as president of the European Microfinance Network.