Jaydees Naturals, continues to make strides as an impactful, award-winning earth-friendly enterprise, with the company’s recent win of the Dominica leg of the Entrepreneurship World Cup.
CEO Jodie Dublin-Dangleben emerged the top presenter in this internationally-recognised business pitch competition, with her natural hair and skin care line, edging participants from around the island to include fellow finalists, Nadja Thomas from Frying Pan Productions; Kondwani Williams from Eco Caribbean Property Investments Inc. and Hendrica Smith from R&H Supplies Bookstore.
“I’m thrilled to be the top recipient of this competition, “says the entrepreneur who is also an engineer by profession.
She adds, “For me, it’s not just about winning; but about pushing myself to do my best and to ensure my products are of the highest standards.”
The competition, conceived by the Misk Global Forum in 2019 and co-hosted by Global Entrepreneur Network and Monsha’at is one of the biggest and most diverse startup pitch competitions and support programs of its kind, featuring more than 370,000 entrepreneurs from over 200 countries and offering winners life-changing prizes.
Since its launch, the EWC has awarded $3 million in cash prizes, $150 million in in-kind prizes and provided opportunities for entrepreneurs at all levels – from idea stage to scale-up – to reach the next stage in their journey by providing them with free access to world class training and resources, enhancing their visibility, and working to connect them to mentors and investors.
The competition involves entrants presenting a 3-minute pitch and pitch deck to judges in their respective nations. For the Caribbean region, the top representatives from each country will compete to be the Regional representative and for the chance to be part of the top 100 entrepreneurs to make it to the final round, where they will compete for the $1million dollar prize.
Dublin-Danglenen is looking forward to the Regional round and aspires to make a successful play for the opportunity to pitch to global business influencers.
“To make it to the final round would be a dream come true. There is much that I still can do to scale up Jaydees Naturals as demand has grown exponentially. From expanding my workspace to buying equipment and inventory and even research and development coming up with new formulas and macerations, using our natural indigenous remedial culture and different herbs and remedies that have worked for us; I really anticipate Jaydees Naturals becoming a business that all Dominicans can be proud of both here and abroad.”
Her products, dubbed “Nature’s Secret to Sustainable Beauty,” are formulated using local and Caribbean indigenous fruit, leaf and flower extracts, dried herbs, glycerides, essential oils and are proudly preserved in a safe and natural manner. The line includes Whipped Shea Butter, Turmeric and Clay Face and Body Mask, Stinging Nettle Hair Growth Elixir, Black Soap Moisturising Shampoo and Body Wash and Tumeric Lemongrass Sugar Scrub. They are available for purchase at www.jaydeesnaturals.com. Jaydees Naturals products are also available at Zèb Kwéyòl in the Old Market, Jollys Pharmacy, Fresh Market, S-Mart and online at www.shopdm.store.
The popularity of these locally manufactured products has allowed Dublin-Dangleben to pay it forward through philanthropic efforts such as sponsorship of the Innovation and Creativity Award at her alma mater Convent High School. Dublin-Dangleben is the current PRO of the Dominica Health and Wellness Association, and is a member of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC). In 2021 she won the National Development Foundation of Dominica’s (NDFD) Green Summit and that year was honoured with a special recognition award at the inaugural Caribbean Women Inventors & Innovators Network (CaribbWIIN) Conference and Awards Ceremony.
The EWC winner will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 14-20, 2022. Previous winners of the EWC are 2019 winner NERv Technology of Canada, Turtle Tree Labs from Singapore in 2020 and Todoc from South Korea who won last year. Fingers crossed that this year’s winner comes from Dominica!
Follow Jaydees Naturals journey through the EWC process on Instagram and Facebook and on Friday October 21st celebrate Global Afro Day with the company by posting your pics online with the #AfroDayDominica hashtag.