Highlights — 17 November 2018 — by Courtney Menzies
Young entrepreneurs showcase products at UB’s Annual Marketing Expo

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Nov. 14, 2018– The University of Belize held its 11th Annual Marketing Expo at the Civic Center today and the school’s young entrepreneurs filled the floor of the building with several booths selling a wide variety of products including pastries, drinks, hair products, hygiene products, phone accessories, and much more.

The expo is an exciting and new experience for many of the students who are given the assignment to create a product for the event from the beginning of the school year. For months, these students have worked hard to perfect their products in time for the expo, and they surely did not disappoint.

One product that could prove to be very useful for people who work or go to school is the “Ease Mi” stress ball. To create the stress ball, the group needed to buy balloons as well as create the mixture – which is slime created with glue and Clorox – that goes inside so that the stress ball can function the way it is supposed to.

Like many of the other products featured at the event, this product was passed through several stages before it was deemed worthy of selling. Most, if not all, of the groups took about 2 or 3 months to prepare for the expo.

Such was the case for “New Gro”, a hair treatment product designed to help with hair growth. Apart from helping the hair grow, this product also helps to create a healthy scalp and get rid of problems such as dandruff. The group who created this product took 3 months to finalize the product, including a month and a half of testing the product, using the help of a hair stylist who provides hair treatments to guide them.

The ingredients for this product, which is helpful for all types of hair, are all natural. They include aloe vera, castor oil, coconut oil, other essential oils, and menthol, to help with the dandruff. This product has a shelf life of 3 months, and it is best to keep it in the refrigerator.

This group came up with this idea because of the high demand for hair products, as well as to help those who want to braid their hair, using crochet braids, which has become a large trend, but fear that their hairline will be affected.

Another product was the “Bombalicious Bubble Blast,” which also follows a trend of bath bombs, but unlike many bath bombs, this one can prove to be good for the skin. This product can be rubbed on the skin, as well as be placed in the bath, and it makes the water colorful and releases sweet scents.

This product helps by removing dead skin and relaxes the muscles, in addition to providing other skin care benefits. It’s made with mostly natural ingredients, and packaged by the group, who came up with the idea in order to have their own unique and exciting twist on a skin care product.

Another innovative product at the expo was the “Go Pouch,” something that has proven to become necessary in this age of technology. This pouch was designed to be used while charging cell phones. Instead of leaving the phone on the floor or a desk while it is charging, users can place it inside the pouch and hang it right on the charging head.

This product was especially made with UB students in mind because, as the group explained, many times students will sit far away from an outlet, but will leave their phones charging on someone’s desk that is near the outlet. The “Go Pouch” eliminates that problem.

They come in several designs, and the prices vary depending on the size of the pouch. The pouches are crocheted by one of the group’s members.

D’Dirty Cocktail succeeded in providing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for people during the course of the expo. They had a variety of drinks including “Mango Tango,” “Melon Mojito,” “Dragon Mojito,” and “Tamarind Daiquiri.”

The drinks are original recipes by the group, and they had to go through several experiments before they got it right. They are trying to target people who want the drinks for recreational purposes.

While there were many more products available, another one of interest was “Bambottle,” a bottle made out of bamboo that was made to follow the trend of businesses that are going eco-friendly by replacing plastic containers and straws. “Bambottle” is made completely out of bamboo, from the bottle to the straw, and there are numerous designs to choose from.

The main struggle for this group was fitting the covers onto the bottles, since the bamboo is not one uniform size.

The finished product, however, was worth the struggle and the time they took to create the bottles.

While there were a variety of products at the expo, there could have only been one winner for best overall product, and this went to the group “Disc Go.” This group created home décor from CD’s, promoting sustainability, as well as recycling in a unique and creative way.

This year’s expo proved to be a success and was well-attended. If there was anything that the students all agreed on, it was that this new experience was just as thrilling as it was nerve-wracking.

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