The finalists, who were selected from over 70 entries from across the Caribbean, include eight teams from Trinidad and Tobago, six from Jamaica, three from Barbados, two from St. Lucia, and one each from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.
Seeking partnerships and funding for their growing businesses, all competitors will pitch to a panel of judges and an audience of regional and global investors.
Following the intense two-day competition, five winners will each be awarded a coveted spot in one of the PitchIT Caribbean business accelerators — located in Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago — as well as US$5,000 in seed funding. The acceleration services will include mentoring by business and technology experts, networking opportunities, working space and facilities, participation in international conferences and competitions, as well as intense product development and investor readiness training.
“Tech entrepreneurs, both those in our training program and the wider CARICOM, responded very well to our invitation to the challenge,” said Bianca Welds, PitchIT Caribbean project manager. “The quality of ideas presented made our job of selecting 25 very challenging, but we are excited by the diversity shown and believe that we have a strong set of finalists and the showcase in December is highly anticipated.”
The finalists are: TickeTing from Antigua and Barbuda; Rivver, Fix Device, and Data-Bus from Barbados; Buzzshop from Dominica; Click-n-Learn from Guyana; Tikkiz, QuickPlate, Driving Change, Shopmobi, Atendify and The Interview JM from Jamaica; IndeTours from Montserrat; Teacher’s Pet and Dev758 Restaurant from St. Lucia; Oversea from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; A Creative Person from Suriname; and Optimo Cloud, SKED, AmAthletes, Communicare, Tech4Agri, D Carnival scene, EveDrop and The Billionaires League from Trinidad and Tobago.
On November 30 and December 1, the 25 finalists will participate in a pitching boot camp that will prepare them for the competition on December 2 and 3.
PitchIT Caribbean is a program aimed at enhancing the mobile app development ecosystem across CARICOM. It is designed to accelerate mobile app entrepreneurs through the start-up life cycle, which runs from ideation to pitch, from pitch to market, and from market to maturity.
It currently supports four hubs, one each in Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. PitchIT Caribbean is the central operation of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project, which is part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), an initiative funded by the Government of Canada and executed by infoDev/World Bank Group, through a three-party Caribbean consortium led by UWI Consulting Inc., working along with Mona School of Business and Management, and Mona Business Support Services.
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