Heather-About_Us-NewUPstart Caribbean was born in the island of Barbados in the mind of entrepreneur and writer, Heather Barker. Heather began to see a culture of despondency and powerlessness. “What if, more Barbadians considered entrepreneurship as a way to empower themselves, their families and their nations?” she thought. “What if I used my skills as communicator to achieve this?”

Hence UPstart was conceived. We’re a new movement fostering a culture supportive of entrepreneurship in the Caribbean. Our mission? To be the regional leader in Public Education campaigns that excite and economically empower our citizens to become entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs, especially youth and women. Why not join us? Heather manages Clearly Content Communications Inc.. Find out more at www.clearlycontent.net.


As the Project Coordinator of UPstart Caribbean, Renee Gibson is responsible for organizing all UPstart Events. In this role, she oversees UPstart Caribbean’s projects, programmes and events to ensure the Company remains cutting edge in its practices, delivers excellent service and continues to aid entrepreneurs in charting their roadmap to success.

With a regional background and focus on community collaboration Renee has embraced a number of opportunities. One such opportunity is that of being appointed as the Project Officer (Interim) at the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organizations (BARNUFO). In addition, Renee is currently a Founding Member of the NGO Pasiton Caribbean.

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Public Sector Management and Master’s Degree in Project Management & Evaluation from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; Renee has utilized her experience, education and training in Project Management and Evaluation to start her own Consulting Company.

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IsraelMallett_photo_headshotIsrael Mallett is a design and marketing consultant with 8 years experience in the industry. He’s gained experience with some of Barbados’ premiere creative agencies and is currently Creative Director of IDS Creative Inc, a boutique creative agency focused on building better brands and maximising their power.

Israel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in graphic design as well as a Certificate in Marketing, Public Relations & Advertising, a qualification he finds an invaluable complement to his design experience. His next step is pursuing a Masters in Design Management and he is currently reviewing prospects.