The overwhelming response to the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s Proof of Concept Competition – 300 applications were submitted – is evidence that the region is creating the next generation of climate tech entrepreneurs and is ready to invest in its green future.
A 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.
Caribbean 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.
The explosion of creative activity in smartphone and tablet applications continues to spread across the Caribbean, as budding technology entrepreneurs upgrade their skills and get ready for the world of business. With less than two weeks to go before the start of Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean Edition," mobile app competitors and their mentors are working feverishly to fine-tune and finish their entries on time for the March 1-2 event at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, Jamaica.
The 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—launched yesterday in Freeport, Trinidad & Tobago.
A 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.
On December 4, infoDev announced the establishment of a new Climate Innovation Center in the Caribbean to support the development of locally appropriate solutions to climate change. The new business hub for climate technology will start its activity with a Proof of Concept (PoC) grant competition designed to encourage individuals and enterprises to develop their innovative ideas and sustainable business models.