More aspiring entrepreneurs will get training and start-up capital for their ventures from the SIDF through the fourth edition of its SEED program. The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) will today (Feb 17) launch the fourth cycle of the Small Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development (SEED) Program Business Boot Camp. The SIDF earmarked EC$5 million for the program which grants the successful participants loans ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 at a 0% interest rate. Thirteen budding business men and women attended the third instalment of Seed in October, with some 25 having successfully completed the first two boot camps. SIDF Corporate Relations Manager Delcia Bradley-King touted the program as an investment in the realization of citizens’ dreams. “The SEED program has been designed to create new enterprises, new entrepreneurs and we are delighted to usher in another group,’she said. The boot camps run for four weeks and participants receive training in marketing, finance, setting objectives and preparation of a sound business plan. Participants are then provided with institutional support, mentorship, and business managers to assist them before they assume full management control of their ventures.