pitchIT Caribbean, running from November 2012 to March 15 2013 was launched shortly after the annual Caribbean Beta event with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In just a few short months it has gained visibility and momentum across the Caribbean and the world.
The focus of pitchIT Caribbean is to help Caribbean-based web or mobile technology startups perfect their investor pitch presentations through a friendly competition with focused mentoring.
Ten finalists whose ventures range from cariOLA, a streaming music service for Caribbean music, to MeAgo, a mobile app to help event goers purchase tickets, to Made In the Caribbean, a website to sell Caribbean products to international markets, were chosen in early February to receive mentorship from business professionals based in the Caribbean, Canada, the United States and Europe. The finalists also participated in a virtual pitch clinic lead by Helen Stevens, a UK-based angel investor. Not only are the finalists from a wide range of Caribbean countries, but their background are equally diverse. The founders of several of the ventures such as Clever Grocer, HelpQ, Interact XL, SimPlify and Skora have their roots in the technology industry. While others such as the venture WeCricket, has a biologist on the team, and the Storyville team includes a former aircraft interface designer as its founder.
For the organizers, pitchIT Caribbean has not only shown the breadth of the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity in the Caribbean, but also has been an effective way to kick-off broader initiatives in the region.Voting continues through the end of this week for the People’s Choice award for pitchIT Caribbean. Cast your vote here today!