Connecting the Dots

Access to Finance

What is this event about?

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.

Conference Schedule

Full schedule of keynotes & workshops

8:00AM-8:45AM

Registration

8:45AM-8:50AM
Speaker Name
Steven Martina

Minister of Economic Development

Opening by Minister of Economic Development

8:50AM-9:00AM
Speaker Name
Nevita Mezas

The Business Connection

Entrepreneurs with Financing difficulties

Stories of entrepreneurs who have encountered difficulties receiving funding.

9:00AM-9:10AM
Speaker Name
Leo Rigaud

Curacao bankers Association

Business funding initiatives, financing possibilities for businesses and the future of financing of business ventures.

Curaçao Bankers Association

9:10AM-9:20AM
Speaker Name
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.

9:20AM-9:30AM
Speaker Name
Frank Groenewegen

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

9:35AM-9:55AM
Speaker Name
Carmen Gomez-Trigg

Private Sector Development Consultant

Money, money, money! How do I get it?

9:55AM-10:25AM

Coffee Break

10:25AM-10:45AM
Speaker Name
Elwin Groeneveldt

Qredits

The story of Qredits, a microfinancing program

Qredits

10:45AM-11:05AM
Speaker Name
Rene Romer

Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

Crowdfunding and DCSX: competitors or partners?

Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange N.V.

11:05AM-12:05PM

Panel debate "Closing the gap between financial needs and possibilities"

12:05PM-12:15PM

Closing remarks

Keynote Speakers

Industry leaders and emerging talents

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    Steven

    Martina

    Minister of Economic Development

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    Leo

    Rigaud

    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

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    Carmen

    Gomez-Trigg

    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.

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    Nevita

    Mezas

    Serial Entrepreneur

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    Frank

    Groenewegen

    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.

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    Guido

    Rojer Jr.

    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

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    Rene

    Romer

    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.

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    Elwin

    Groeneveldt

    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.

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Central Bank

1 Simon Bolivar Plein
Willemstad, Curaçao

Parking

It will not be possible to park inside the Central Bank. Free parking is available at Waaigat which is a 5 minute walk.

Additional Details

Please bring a valid form of identification to present yourself at the Central Bank security. 

Please also take into consideration that the Central Bank has a professional dresscode.

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