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Rick Cooper - PitchIT WinnerRick Cooper - PitchIT Winner

Interactive math learning tool wins PitchIT Caribbean grand prize

Trinidad and Tobago's Rick Cooper claimed the PitchIT Caribbean grand prize today with Interact XL, an online math tutoring platform. The infoDev-run pitching contest sought to make the region's mobile and web startups more attractive to investors through hands-on pitch coaching.

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.”

Watch Cooper's Interact XL pitch here

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.

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