Winners of the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge competition. From left: Danielle Tait, The Interview JM (Jamaica); Kelly-Ann Bethel, SKED (Trinidad and Tobago); Ayana St. Louis, D Carnival Scene (Trinidad and Tobago); Karlene Francis, World Bank Program Officer, Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC); Nerissa Greenway, IndeTours (Montserrat); and Monique Powell, QuickPlate (Jamaica).
The winning competitors — The Interview JM and QuickPlate of Jamaica, D Carnival Scene and SKED of Trinidad, and IndeTours of Montserrat — were selected after two days of pitching to panels of judges and an audience of regional and global investors. The five entrepreneurs will each be awarded spots in one of PitchIT Caribbean’s business accelerators across the region, as well as US$5,000 in seed funding to develop their businesses.
“I was impressed by the success of the project, which only serves to enrich the longstanding relationship between Canada and the Caribbean region,” said Carla Hogen Rufelds, Canadian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. The contestants demonstrated camaraderie throughout the challenge, Rufelds added.
A total of 25 tech entrepreneurs from 10 countries across the Caribbean participated in the competition, which aims to identify and enhance the region’s top mobile app development talent. The competition saw increased turnout compared to 2015, when seven Caribbean countries participated.
The remaining finalists by country included: TickeTing from Antigua and Barbuda; Rivver, Fix Device, and Data-Bus from Barbados; Buzzshop from Dominica; Click-n-Learn from Guyana; Tikkiz, Driving Change, Shopmobi, and Atendify from Jamaica; Teacher’s Pet and Lim’n Spoon from St. Lucia; Oversea from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Atete from Suriname; and Optimo Cloud, GoSweat, upShopr, Tech4Agri, EveDrop, and The Billionaires League from Trinidad and Tobago.
About PitchIT Caribbean
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.
The program 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 and the World Bank Group through a three-party Caribbean consortium led by UWI Consulting Inc. in collaboration with Mona School of Business and Management and Mona Business Support Services.
More on the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge: https://www.facebook.com/PitchITCaribbean/
Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project / PitchIT Caribbean