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Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC)

infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) is a seven-year $20 million program funded by the Government of Canada that seeks to build a supportive ecosystem for high-growth and sustainable enterprises throughout the Caribbean.

EPIC has three core activities: digital entrepreneurship, climate technology, and women-led entrepreneurship. These activities are complemented by an access to finance facility for Caribbean entrepreneurs, and a skills upgrading and capacity development program for all ecosystem stakeholders. Stakeholders include entrepreneurs, business incubator managers, policymakers, universities, investors, and other private sector partners. Read more...


Events Calendar


Highlights

Designed to Save Energy for Jamaican Fishermen, a Lamp Saves the Day in Dominica

21 December 2015

imageNew Leaf Power received a grant from the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center to develop a solar-powered lamp and charging device for a remote Jamaican fishing community. One year later, their lamps are lighting the way for disaster relief in Dominica.


At EPIC Workshop, Entrepreneurs and Partners Share Vision for the Caribbean's Future

10 December 2015

imageThe World Bank Group and the Government Canada held a workshop for Caribbean entrepreneurs and regional partners. The workshop was the first joint event of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center and Caribbean Mobile Innovation Program.


To Fight Reliance on Imported Fuels, Jamaican Entrepreneurs Develop Climate Smart Solutions

9 December 2015

imageHarlo Mayne and Dr. Kert Edward, two clean technology entrepreneurs in EPIC’s climate innovation program, presented their hydrogen and solar energy prototypes at the First International Conference and Exhibition on Hydrogen held on November 3 to 4 at the University of Technology, Jamaica.


Caribbean Entrepreneurs Make Waves at Slush

7 December 2015

imageJamaican tech entrepreneurs Nichole Crawford and Winnie Dzidonu-Genius traveled to Helsinki, Finland, to pitch their businesses at the Slush Global Impact Accelerator, a nine-day bootcamp for social impact entrepreneurs from emerging markets. The first-ever Global Impact Accelerator was a joint program of the World Bank Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Slush.


New Peer Mentoring Program to Fast Track Women Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean

29 October 2015

imageA new peer mentorship-based program will support high-potential women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. The eight-month intensive Acceleration Program will provide participants with a wide range of support services to innovate their businesses, improve their competitiveness, and boost their growth. The program will include one-on-one coaching, technical workshops, and opportunities to connect with successful women entrepreneurs.


Get Up, Get Out There, and Do It! A New Motto for Women Entrepreneurs Across the Caribbean

9 October 2015

imageIn the last few decades, women in the Caribbean have made impressive strides to break through the glass ceiling and become successful entrepreneurs. The access to a growing number of networks of peers, mentors, and angel investors has provided women across the region with the tools and resources necessary to launch and grow new businesses.


Profiling Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs

30 September 2015

imageA report that seeks to redress the current paucity of information on growth-oriented women entre­preneurs in the Caribbean region by drawing on various data sources to estimate their numbers and sectoral focus. At the same time, it develops an understanding of the main issues facing women in their businesses and their future growth potential.


CCIC Fetes 2014 Climate Entrepreneurship Winners; Ready to Launch New Competition for Green Projects

22 September 2015

imageThe World Bank’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC)celebrated the accomplishments of four of its eleven Proof of Concept winners on September 16 at a reception in Kingston, Jamaica, hosted by the Scientific Research Council.


Accelerate Caribbean Business Incubation Clinic Winners Announced

4 June 2015

imageFollowing a 5-week competition and rigorous selection process, Accelerate Caribbean is excited to announce ten business enablers from 7 islands in the Caribbean that will participate in its Business Incubation Clinic during 2015-2016.


Caribbean Coders Win Prizes at Hackathon

26 May 2015

imageTwo mobile developer teams from Jamaica’s University of Technology copped the first and second prizes at a Caribbean CodeSprint/Hackathon held in Kingston, May 24-25. They walked away with winnings of US$250 and US$150 respectively.


Jamaica Launches First Angel Investor Network, Supported By International Partners

22 April 2015

imageFirst Angels Jamaica, a new Jamaican angel investor network, was officially launched today in Kingston. The network is geared towards helping growth-oriented entrepreneurs with capital and mentorship.


EPIC Tackles Access to Finance in the Caribbean

30 March 2015

imageinfoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) organized a workshop in Jamaica that focuses on training entrepreneurs to successfully pitch their businesses to angel investors.


New Grow Your Business Workshop Set for March 12, 13, and 16 in Trinidad

27 February 2015

imageOn March 12, 13 and 16, women entrepreneurs from the Caribbean will have the opportunity to learn how to jump-start their businesses at the EPIC-supported workshop, "Grow Your Business."


Seminars Geared Toward Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs Launched

13 February 2015

imageThe Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) and the WINC organized the “Greening Your Business Webinar” on January 14th, 2015, geared toward growth-oriented female entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. Participant were given the opportunity to follow an online class by Jim Reid, Chairmain of Caribbean LED Lighting on the environmental and cost reduction benefits of businesses going green.


Two Top Caribbean Innovators Win Lucrative Science and Innovation Prizes

2 December 2014

imageTwo Jamaican entrepreneurs with connections to infoDev/EPIC’s training and facilitation in the Caribbean, Harlo Mayne and Jovan Evans, have won awards in that country’s 2014 Innovation Awards in Science and Technology.


Caribbean Climate Entrepreneurs Target Big Problems With Savvy Science

24 October 2014

imageIn July 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), a project of the World Bank Group and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev announced the 11 winners of its first regional Proof of Concept (PoC) competition. Read stories from 5 winners of the competition who developed sustainable energy solutions with scientific innovation.


Patricia Joshua and Her Sustainable Agribusiness Paper Business

10 September 2014

imageIn the spring of 2014, St. Lucia entrepreneur Patricia Joshua was a selectee in infoDev’s 50-woman innovation workshop series. She went back to work on her paper products, applying the principles she had absorbed. By the summer, she would find herself one of two women from that WINC Grow your Business series to win a prestigious Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) Proof of Concept (PoC) grants, in her case, for development of sustainable agri-business paper products. Learn what drove her to become one of the 11 regional grant winners.


Caribbean Entrepreneurs Receive Awards for Innovative Concepts

15 August 2014

imageThis first regional proof of concept (PoC) competition awarded grants of up to US$50,000 for developing, testing and commercializing innovative and locally relevant climate technology solutions. Entrepreneurs were asked to submit proposals for innovative products, services, or business models in sustainable agribusiness, water management and recycling, solar energy, energy efficiency, and resource use sectors.


Climate Innovation Center Awards 11 Caribbean Entrepreneurs With More Than $400,000 USD in Concept Grants

9 July 2014

imageThe Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) — a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev — has announced the 11 winners of its first regional Proof of Concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of up to USD 50,000 to develop, test, and commercialize innovative, locally relevant climate technology solutions.


infoDev Launches Caribbean Mobile Innovation Program (CMIP)

10 June 2014

imageinfoDev is proud to announce the launch of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Program (CMIP), to be held at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Council Auditoriums 1-2 at 5:00 PM.


Grow Your Business Workshops Show New Way for Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs to Innovate and Succeed

18 April 2014

imageA total of 49 women entrepreneurs took part in the three-day workshops,representing growth-oriented and innovative businesses. They underwent intensive training in GyB methodology aimed at strengthening their skill sets, networking acumen and access to mentoring, markets and finance. So far, 100 innovative growth entrepreneurs have been trained since 2013.


Digital Jamming to the Tune of a Tech-Biz Future

6 March 2014

imageCaribbean students and techies descended on the headquarters of the University of the West Indies at Mona for Digital Jam 3.0 "Get Up,Start Up" on March 1-2. The juried Mobile Apps competition was the culmination of months of preparation by more than 50 teams of young programmers competing for an assortment of prizes, including a top prize of USD10,000.


Caribbean Climate Innovation Center Launches in Trinidad

28 January 2014

imageThe Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC)—a hub designed to help clean technology ventures transform the region to a low-carbon economy and create green jobs—has launched in Freeport, Trinidad & Tobago. The business hub is now accepting applications for grants of up to $50,000.


Diaspora Investing: The Business and Investment Interests of the Caribbean Diaspora

12 December 2013

imageA new report by infoDev finds that the Caribbean diaspora is a sizeable, well-educated, and affluent demographic whose large majority is interested in investing in its countries of origin. Supported by the right incentives and policies, diaspora members could play an even larger role in contributing to the region’s development.


EPIC serves all CARICOM countries except Haiti. These countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

 


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