infoDev ran the lightweight contest with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and support from private sector partners as part of a broader, multi-year program to galvanize and connect the region’s community of mobile and web innovators.
“The PitchIT Caribbean competition was a welcomed experience,” said Cooper, praising in particular the contest’s “networking opportunities among fellow contestants throughout the Caribbean.”
The “People’s Choice” prize, given to the venture that received the most online votes through a Facebook competition, was awarded to Jennifer Raffoul and Miles Abraham for Made in the Caribbean, an online marketplace for hand-crafted local goods.
In February, business executives from the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, and Europe gave the 10 finalists several weeks of mentoring to help them prepare their pitch presentations and videos for the high-level jury panel, which included:
- Karina Bessoudo, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, ToonBoom Animation
- Doug Hewson, Managing Partner, Portland Private Equity
- David P. Mullings, Chairman and CEO, Keystone Augusta
- Valerie Powell, Consumer Business Development Manager Latin America, BlackBerry
- Helen C. Stevens, Entrepreneurial Investor and Business Angel
- Giorgio Valentini, Country Representative for Jamaica & Guyana, The World Bank
In addition to support from technology industry partners such as LIME and BlackBerry, Cooper will have the chance to compete in a worldwide Dragon’s Den pitching competition at infoDev’s upcoming 5th Global Forum in May 28-30.