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Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean

Promoting High-Growth and Sustainable Enterprises in the Caribbean

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

Our Initiatives

  • Accelerate Caribbean: Accelerate Caribbean builds the capacity of regional business enablers through mentorship, training programs, and international study tours.
  • Access to Finance: The program promotes angel investing and innovative financing in the region, and contributed to the launch of Jamaica's first angel network.
  • Caribbean Climate Innovation Center: The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center connects climate technology entrepreneurs with knowledge, markets, and funding.
  • Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project: Led by PitchIT Caribbean, the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project promotes the growth of mobile app businesses through innovation hubs and pitching competitions.
  • Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean: The program supports women entrepreneurs through webinars and training programs, including the WINC Acceleration Program.

Events Calendar


Newlyweds Follow PitchIT Caribbean Win with Angel Backing

21 July 2016

BookFusion Wins First Angels BackingIf he hadn’t claimed that abandoned computer he found while doing construction work, Dwayne Campbell would never have left his chemical engineering track — or developed a hot new digital book-publishing platform.

How to Build a Mentoring Network in the Caribbean

8 July 2016

Building Mentoring Networks in the CaribbeanAccelerate Caribbean's third professional development webinar focused on how to build effective mentoring networks in the Caribbean. "Don't forget the diaspora," said Vimala Palaniswamy, cofounder of Demeter Entrepreneurs Support Network.

From Finance to Training, A Growing Support System for Jamaican Entrepreneurs

5 July 2016

Accelerate Caribbean Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development WorkshopAt an Accelerate Caribbean workshop, representatives of the World Bank Group and the governments of Jamaica and Canada discussed how to build a stronger ecosystem to help regional entrepreneurs launch and grow profitable businesses.

Caribbean Angel Investors Discuss Myths, Realities, and the "Granny Test"

25 April 2016

Launch of FirstAngelsJAAt the Development Bank of Jamaica's Venture Capital Conference, Nelson Gray discussed the myths and realities of angel investors, necessary tools for pitching, the deal workflow — and a strategy he calls the “Granny test.”

At Green Tech Startup Bootcamp, Jamaican Physics Student Finds Passion in Entrepreneurship

14 April 2016

Green Tech Startup Bootcamp Winner Plug & PreeWhen Yekini Wallen Bryan returned to school for his final semester in January, the energy and electronics student never anticipated he would soon receive the grand prize in a clean-tech innovation competition.

Green Tech Startup Bootcamp in Jamaica Attracts Promising Young Entrepreneurs

8 March 2016

Green Tech Startup Bootcamp JamaicaA large crowd of young clean-tech entrepreneurs brought their ideas and enthusiasm to the first Green Tech Startup Bootcamp in the Caribbean, which was co-hosted by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center on February 26-28, 2016.

How to Build a Winning Team and Find the Right Business Partners

19 February 2016

Accelerate Caribbean webinarAccelerate Caribbean partnered with Marlon Hill, a United States-based lawyer and champion of Caribbean entrepreneurship, to host a webinar on team building, marketing, and brand protection for Caribbean business owners.

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

21 December 2015

New Leaf Power develops solar lamp for disaster reliefNew 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

Entrepreneurs and donors meet at first EPIC workshopThe 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

Jamaican entrepreneurs participate in hydrogen conferenceHarlo 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

Caribbean entrepreneurs participate in Slush Global Impact AcceleratorJamaican 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

New peer mentoring program for Caribbean women entrepreneursA 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

Danielle Terrelonge shares journey as Caribbean woman entrepreneurIn the last few decades, women in the Caribbean have made impressive strides to break through the glass ceiling and become successful entrepreneurs. The growing network 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

New report on Caribbean women entrepreneursA new report fills the information gap related to growth-oriented women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean by drawing on various data sources to estimate their numbers and sectors. The report also introduces the challenges Caribbean women face when attempting to grow their businesses.

Accelerate Caribbean Business Incubation Clinic Winners Announced

4 June 2015

Accelerate Caribbean selects winners for business incubation programFollowing 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

Caribbean programmers participate in regional hackathonTwo mobile developer teams from Jamaica’s University of Technology were awarded the first and second prizes at a Caribbean CodeSprint/Hackathon held in Kingston on May 24-25.

Jamaica Launches First Angel Investor Network, Supported By International Partners

22 April 2015

Jamaica's first angel investor network launchesFirst 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.

Two Top Caribbean Innovators Win Lucrative Science and Innovation Prizes

2 December 2014

Two entrepreneurs supported by World Bank EPIC program win national innovation awardTwo 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.

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

9 July 2014

Caribbean Climate Innovation Center announces winners of proof of concept competitionThe 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 $50,000 to develop, test, and commercialize innovative, locally relevant climate technology solutions.

infoDev Launches Caribbean Mobile Innovation Program (CMIP)

10 June 2014

infoDev launches Caribbean Mobile Innovation PrograminfoDev 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 June 10, 2014.

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

18 April 2014

Caribbean women participate in Grow Your Business workshopA total of 49 women entrepreneurs took part in the three-day workshops, representing growth-oriented and innovative businesses. They underwent intensive training in grow-your-business 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

World Bank co-hosts Digital Jam in JamaicaCaribbean 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

Caribbean Climate Innovation Center launches in TrinidadThe 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

New World Bank / infoDev Report on Caribbean DiasporaA 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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