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Announcing the pitchIT Caribbean Finalists

InfoDev and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) are pleased to announce the 10 finalists for the pitchIT Caribbean business pitch competition for web or mobile businesses.

The Finalists:

1. CariOLA (St. Kitts & Nevis):

John Francis, Ramakant Gupta, Andre Fritz. 

A digital mobile streaming music application for Caribbean music. 

2. Clever Grocer (Barbados):

Shannon Clarke.

A website to provide deal recommendations for shoppers based on their shopping list.

3. Help Q (Trinidad & Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines):

Anil Ramnanan, Sacha Beharry, Reiza Haniff.

A web and mobile service to alert customers waiting in line when their product/service is ready.

4. Interact XL (Trinidad & Tobago):

Rick Cooper.

An interactive online learning tool for Mathematics.

5. Made in the Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago):

Jennifer Raffoul, Miles Abraham.

A website to connect products made in the Caribbean with international buyers.

6. Mistotix (Jamaica):

Kenrick Humber, Howard Campbell, Roxanne Wanliss. 

A mobile app to help event goers easily and conveniently purchase electronic tickets.

7. SimPlify (Barbados):

Curtis Padmore, Jason Jenkins, Danielle Morgan, Jason Haynes, Chris Brace. 

A mobile service for file management and syncing across multiple devices.

8. Skora (Jamaica):

Wayne Jones. 

A digital service to organize sports data.

9. Storyville (Barbados):

Troy Weekes, Gregory Hinkson, Kathy-Ann Fletcher, Corey Nicholls.

A social storybook app to engage young people in reading and writing.

10. WeCricket (Trinidad & Tobago):

Feraaz Abdool.

A web portal to showcase young cricketers, teams, and provide cricket clubs statistics.

Throughout the month of February the finalists will work with an international team of mentors from the Caribbean, Canada and the United States to refine their pitches.

The final stage of the competition will run from March 1 to March 15 2013.

During this period the public will be able to vote on their favorite pitch via our Facebook page.  The winner of the most online votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award.

The Grand Prize, a trip to South Africa for the InfoDev Global Forum, will be awarded by the following jury of respected business and investment professionals on March 18 2013.

Jury Panel:

Doug Hewson, Managing Partner, Portland Private Equity. Doug has over twelve years of private equity and venture capital experience. Prior to joining Portland Private Equity as a Partner he was responsible for co-founding and leading two successful investment management firms.  At Portland, he has primary responsibility for investor relations, is a member of the fund’s Investment Committee, and involved in all aspects of the fund’s management.

David P Mullings, Chairman and CEO Keystone Augusta. David P. Mullings is a managing partner and co-founder of Keystone Augusta, a diversified holdings firm. He was also a co-founder of Random Media LLC, an integrated media and entertainment firm focused on the digital distribution of Caribbean content. David was born in Kingston, Jamaica, completed his A.Sc. degree at Broward Community College then completed his B.Sc. at the age of 19. He received his MBA in Marketing and International Business at 22 from the University of Miami.

Valerie Powell, Consumer Business Development Manager Latin America, Blackberry. Valerie has extensive experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean, both in the wireless sector and the music industry. Prior to her current position at Blackberry, she worked as a Senior Account Manager for Warner Music Latina, and as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for EMI Televisa Music. Valerie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Technology from Florida International University.

Giorgio Valentini, Country Representative for Jamaica & Guyana, The World Bank. Giorgio Valentini is the Country Representative for Jamaica and Guyana for the World Bank with programme responsibilities for Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. He is based in Kingston, Jamaica.  Mr. Valentini, an Italian national, brings over twenty years of experience in international development and the private sector. He joined the World Bank in 2002, where he has since worked in the Latin America and Africa regions on state modernization, health care, judicial reform, public-private partnerships, social protection and fiscal administration.

Joan Vogelesang, CEO, ToonBoom Animation. Ms. Vogelesang has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive. Under her leadership, Montreal-based ToonBoom Animation continues to maintain its position as a world leader in digital content and animation technology.  In 2011 Ms. Vogelesang was granted a Recognition Award by Animae Caribe 2011 for her support throughout the years. Additionally, the Minister Stephen Cadiz, Minister of Trade and Industry, Trinidad and Tobago, honored her with another Award in recognition of her sterling contribution to the animation industry of Trinidad and Tobago over the last ten years.

The pitchIT Caribbean Team would like to thank its jurors, mentoring team, and entrants for taking part in its inaugural competition.

Please stay tuned in the coming weeks as we announce more updates on this competition!

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