infoDev expands op...

infoDev expands operations into the Caribbean with pitching contest

Submit your pitch presentations by December 24, 2012

Today we launched pitchIT Caribbean, a pitching and business mentoring opportunity for the region?s mobile and web entrepreneurs. The contest brings our mobile innovation expertise to the fingertips of Caribbean entrepreneurs for the first time ever.

If you’re an aspiring or starting entrepreneur in mobile or web, our Facebook-based competition can be your gateway to free expert coaching, international recognition, and funding opportunities. All you need is a winning business idea and a basic prototype.

To get involved, “like” the competition on Facebook and share the URL, and follow us on Twitter (hashtag #pitchITCaribbean).

Building on the lessons from our m2Work Challenge earlier this year, we will judge submissions based on business feasibility, novelty and innovation, clarity of presentation, and potential development impact.

The challenge will accept submissions through December 24. A jury of high-profile mobile experts will announce up to 10 finalists on January 18; the winners will be released in March.

The public will also have the chance to vote on their favorite finalist from the 10 teams. The submission that receives the most votes online will be awarded the People's Choice Award.

The contest marks the start of our massive expansion into the Caribbean region. Over the next year, we will deploy cutting-edge business support hubs for mobile, cleantech, and women entrepreneurs, as well as funding avenues for new ventures.

Note: Businesses must be based in the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, Guyana, Suriname) and be web or mobile focused. 


More Details on pitchIT Caribbean

What is a pitch?

A pitch is a presentation in which you articulate your business' proposition as clearly as possible to an audience through a powerpoint/keynote presentation and live presentation. We will provide you with a pitch template to use, and lots of online references that will help you prepare your pitch.

How to enter

All details on the competition are posted to the following facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pitchITCaribbean

In order to enroll in this competition, participants must submit an 11-page pitch presentation in PDF format based on the template uploaded to: http://www.slideshare.net/pitchITCaribbean/pitch-it-caribbean-pitch-deck-template

The deadline for enrollment in pitchIT Caribbean is 5pm EST on 24 Dec 2012 via pitchITcaribbean@worldbank.org

Key dates

  • Dec 24 - Pitch deck submission due
  • Jan 18 - Up to 10 Finalists announced
  • Mar 18 - Winners announced

Prizes

There are two prize categories: a Grand Prize (selected by an expert jury) and a People's Choice (selected by the public).

Grand Prize: At least one member of the winning team will win a trip to South Africa to present the startup in the InfoDev Global Forum in May 2013.

People's Choice Prize: The finalist that receives the most votes from the public will be awarded the People's Choice award.

Other prizes may be announced through the course of the competition.

If you need any more information, you can contact us via pitchITCaribbean@worldbank.org or post questions to the competition facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pitchITCaribbean)


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