EPIC in the News

EPIC in the News

Media Coverage of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean

World Bank Programme to Make 100 Firms Investment-Ready

Jamaica Observer
11 December 2015

"... [T]he World Bank Group’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) [is] a seven-year, $20 million programme funded by the Government of Canada. [...] Ganesh Rasagam, speaking with the Jamaica Observer, said that strengthening the capacity of 100 entrepreneurs, including at least 30 female entrepreneurs, was priority under the programme."

UWI Consulting Appoints Mobile App Hubs Across the Caribbean

Loop Jamaica
3 December 2015

"The University of the West Indies-owned UWI Consulting, through the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project/PitchIT Caribbean, appointed mobile hubs (mHubs) in three countries across the Caribbean to serve the fast-growing mobile app development community."

AgroCentral: First of Jamaican Teams to Visit Devlabs

22 October 2015

Jermaine Henry is a co-founder of AgroCentral, a mobile platform for communication between buyers and sellers of agricultural products. He was selected to receive product development and customer development support from Devlabs, a business incubator and venture capital firm based in Oakland, California.

AgroCentral previously participated in infoDev's mobile bootcamp and investment simulation.

Jamaican Techpreneurs Head to Slush 2015 in Finland

Jamaica Observer
16 October 2015

"Despite the limited resources and the small geographic and population size of Jamaica, Robert Whitehorne, project manager for PitchIT Caribbean, is hoping that the country will announce its arrival to the worldwide app-developing industry next month in Finland at the Slush 2015 Global Impact Accelerator."

"Three Jamaican teams will be flying to Finland—AgroCentral, Jamaica's first digital agricultural clearing house utilising web and mobile services to connect farmers and businesses; NiriTech, which focuses on creating a virtual learning environment in several CSEC and CAPE subjects; and Transcel, a government-backed mobile money product that allows person-to-person and person-to-institution money transfers."

Two More Firms Get First Angels Backing

Jamaica Gleaner
11 September 2015

"First Angels is a network of Jamaican businesses and investors who have banded together with other financiers to form the first home-grown angel investor group to back the start-up ventures of aspiring local entrepreneurs."

10 C’bean Companies Selected for Canadian Funded Project

Jamaica Observer
5 June 2015

"Accelerate Caribbean, designed by infoDev of the World Bank Group as part of its Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), said following a five week competition and rigorous selection process, it had chosen the companies from Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname and St Vincent and the Grenadines that will participate in its Business Incubation Clinic during 2015-2016."

UTECH students win Caribbean CODESprint

Jamaica Observer
31 May 2015

"A group of third-year students from the University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) won the Caribbean Mobile Innovation (CMIP) challenge and CodeSprint for designing a tourism-based mobile application, called iTechHotel, in just 24 hours."

Supporting Female Caribbean Entrepreneurs

Caribbean Journal
2 May 2015

"You really don’t know what to expect when you put a dozen-plus Caribbean entrepreneurs in one room for a week. But one thing was clear when 15 entrepreneurs—all women—came together in Port of Spain in April. It was the start of something good."

Woman's Work: Birthing Caribbean Entrepreneurs

Guardian Trinidad and Tobago
28 April 2015

"The ladies gathered to share experiences and build strategies for future collaboration. Besides their Caribbean heritage and passion for productivity, these go-getters had something else in common. Each had been competitively selected to take part in the first-ever facilitators training for the Women's Innovation Network of the Caribbean (WINC) program. The initiative is a World Bank project to support woman entrepreneurs in the region. It is funded via the Canada Development Bank."

Angels to Fund First Five Companies Shortly

Jamaica Observer
1 April 2015

"Angel investors are contemplating pumping funds into five companies at roughly US$100,000 (J$11.5 m) each, according to Nelson Gray, World Bank consultant charged with developing an angel network across the Caribbean. Gray, a UK accountant and serial investor, came to the Caribbean last September hired by InfoDev, the grant arm of the World Bank, to develop an angel investor network across the Caribbean."

Today Marks a Major Step Forward for Venture Capital in Jamaica

Jamaica Observer
19 September 2014

"...a major step forward for venture capital in Jamaica, as a number of leading conglomerates are expected to respond to the Development Bank of Jamaica's call for proposals to manage venture capital funds. [...] Nelson Grey represented the World Bank's Infodev programme designed to help create an angel investment community here in Jamaica."

Mobilizing Investment from the Caribbean Diaspora

Jamaica Observer
15 December 2013

"We regard as vitally important a just released study by the World Bank on mobilising investment from the Caribbean diaspora, given that most of our regional countries are beset by sluggish economic growth, indebtedness and where, in many cases, remittances are the main source of foreign exchange."

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