Meet Valrie Grant

Hi, I’m Valrie and my main business is  GeoTechVision which began in 2008 in Kingston , Jamaica . Today, the company is an award winning company having received numerous, national regional and international awards. I also lead several other companies including the Marlie Technology Park Ltd. which is my latest venture.

I believe in living a great story and I try to live my best live every single day! Family, spirituality and a healthy lifestyle are priorities in my life. Technology and Entrepreneurship are my passion. The passion for entrepreneurship feeds my desire to contribute to a culture of entrepreneurship and to do all I can to assist entrepreneurs as they build high growth, vibrant, sustainable businesses that will contribute to the growth and development of our economy. I have a vision of innovative entrepreneurship that focuses on new methods, ideas and business models that challenges the status quo and solves big local, regional and global problems, thus creating economic and social value.

I got started in GIS purely by accident but I have loved every bit of it and have spent over 15 years in the geospatial industry. I’m a certified GIS professional turned entrepreneur. I like to keep busy and so am very involved in the geospatial industry and the world of entrepreneurship.


Professional Bio

Valrie Grant, MSc, GISP

Valrie is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision and Executive Chairman of Marlie Technology Park Ltd. She is a certified GIS professional with over 15 years of experience in Geospatial Sciences and over 8 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. She is the current president of the Caribbean Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Chapter, a board member for URISA International, a member of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Americas Caribbean Project Technical Committee. She is an accredited facilitator by the World Bank/ Infodev Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC) Accelerator Program. She is the immediate past president of Women Entrepreneurs Network (WENC) Guyana Chapter. She is the Chairperson of the Small Business Council, Guyana.

Valrie has received several recognitions and awards including the University of West Indies (UWI) Première Leadership Award (2000), the Jamaica GIS Entrepreneur Award (2012), The URISA Caribbean Chapter Leadership Award (2012), the prestigious National Commercial Bank’s “Women in Business” Award for 2013 in Jamaica. She is a 2014 Vital Voices Grow Fellow- a Program which invests in women business leaders across the globe. She has been the subject of case study for the Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean aswell as the NCB/IDB/PSOJ Case study on Entrepreneurs in Jamaica. She has been featured in the Global Entrepreneur Monitor (GEM) report. Valrie was awarded the Business Excellence Forum (BEF) 2014 Female Entrepreneur of the Year and is also the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. In December 2015, she won the Commonwealth Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award and now serves as brand ambassador for commonwealth Businesswomen until the next Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Most, recently she was awarded the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Young Business Executive Award (2016). She is a finalist in the BEF CEO of the Year Award. She has received several awards from the University of Technology Jamaica including The Award for Excellence in the Field of Entrepreneurship 2015, World Class Women Entrepreneur Award 2017 and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Celebration of Excellence 2017.

Her academic background includes: a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and post graduate studies in Entrepreneurship.

Awards

2015 - 2016

  • The Commonwealth Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

  • TIC Trailblazer Award, 2015

  • The GCCI Young Business Executive Award (2016).

2014

Business Excellence Forum (BEF) 2014 Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

2012 - 2013

  • The Jamaica GIS Entrepreneur Award

  • The URISA Caribbean Chapter Leadership Award

  • The prestigious National Commercial Bank’s “Women in Business” Award for 2013 in Jamaica.

2000

University of West Indies (UWI) Première Leadership Award (2000)

Education

Dip. In Entrepreneurship - 2016

Heart Trust NTA- Vocational Training Development Institute

MSc. GIS and Environment - 2006

Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, UK

PGDip. In GIS - 2003-2005

Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, UK

BSc. Geology - 1997-2001

University of the West Indies, Mona ,Jamaica

Pre-University Programme - 1996

Montego Bay Community College

High School Diploma (CXC & GCE subjects) - 1990-1995

Rusea’s High School

Orator

Valrie is a dynamic and experienced facilitator, trainer and Conference Speaker with wealth of experience in business, management, technology and customer service. This award winning entrepreneur has the ability to really connect with her audience. Valrie often speaks at national, regional and international events.

To request Valrie Grant for speaking engagements or workshops email:info@valriegrant.com or call: 876 634-6813.

My Initiatives

1. FundRiseHER

As Commonwealth Business Woman Ambassador, the signature initiative under my tenure will be fostering capital access for women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. This initiative dubbed FundRiseHER is being facilitated by Pitch & Choose a Caribbean Crowd Funding Platform. The aim of FundRiseHER is to raise regional funds of one million USD which will serve a minimum of ten (10) Caribbean countries and create Grants for atleast fifty (50) women entrepreneurs. It is my hope that through this initiative we will be able to build awareness and increase the use of crowdfunding as an alternative mode of accessing capital for entrepreneurs. It will also foster the growth and contribution of women entrepreneurs to the national economies in the Caribbean.

2. Valrie Grant Foundation

Watch this page for more information. Will be launching soon.

Quotes

“I’ve had quite the the journey as an entrepreneur but I have enjoyed every minute of it- challenges and all. My determination is simply to live a great story!”

“I try to model elements of my life after the friendliness, kindhearted giving spirit of my mother. She was also one of the strongest, most determined and resourceful woman that I knew. I still reflect on my many conversations with her and the time we spent together and everytime I still learn many valuable lessons.”

“With the right attitude and team, everything is possible!”

Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

“If you really believe in it… do it, don't be a afraid”

“Never give up on your dreams”

“Always stay true to your values”

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Contact Us

44 Cowper Drive, Kingston 20, Jamaica

Tele : +1-876-634-6813

E-mail : valrie.grant@gmail.com