Call for Papers – BIDEM 2021

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Call for Presenters

The  programme committee, BIDEM 2021 Caribbean Diaspora Entrepreneurs’  Development Conference and Trade Show is seeking practitioners, consultants, researchers, and experts in departments of government for our pre-conference “Masterclass and capacity building” workshops as well as breakout conference sessions.  The Masterclasses will be delivered online for 2- 3 days leading up to Conference.   BIDEM 2021 will be held October 13-15, 2021.

The event organizers are deliberate in bringing to attendees a broad multi-track event.  It is expected that presenters will bring experience from the fields, novel and emergent research, thought leadership, case studies and examples of what works and why; as well as what has failed and why.

For details on session timing and submission guideline Email: Meegan Scott at:



The event builds on last year’s inaugural hosting and is organized to accelerate the reduction of the entrepreneurial skills gap faced by Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Canada and other Caribbean diasporic markets; Canadians with no history of business in the family; entrepreneurs of African descendent and other immigrants who face similar challenges, in particular non-native speakers of English. 

The skills gap include the barriers of foreignness, lack of trust, access to capital, sparse networks and lack of experience growing big businesses.  There are also barriers related how women think and do business versus men, and lack of market intelligence all of which will be addressed by the event.

BIDEM will facilitate the coming together of mainstream business leaders, investors, academia, policy makers and their Caribbean peers with the aim of:

This edition will also address the COVID 19 pandemic and trust-based resilience building .

Conference and Trade Show Theme:

“Inspiring Trust, Deepening The Roots”

The theme explores increasing trust and deepening the roots of connection for Profit and Purpose.

The main thematic pillars:

Presentations should address delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Submit Your Request for The Speaker’s Proposal Guide today!

Proposal deadline:  July 25, 2021

Proposal review period:  July to August 20, 2021.

During this period, the committee with contact proponents for clarification, request for additional information or with recommendations for adjustments.

Please submit your proposal at the link below

Notice of submission outcomes:

August  25th  to mid-September

Proponents will receive the outcomes of their submissions.

How You Benefit When You Speak

Whether you represent a government department, corporate brand, academia, international development organization, funder or individual consulting brand you will benefit from the opportunity to share your expertise, thought leadership, research, network and to powerup your brand awareness in this time of the Coronavirus pandemic.

BIDEM 2021 presents a unique opportunity to keep your brand at the top of the minds of businesses of all sizes, across continents and decision-makers in government and businesses.  Learn and share about the practice and issues relevant to doing and improving business with a significant but often forgotten group of entrepreneurs.