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Home of the Caribbean Startup Ecosystem
  • The First Caribbean Startup Digital Accelerator: accelerating 100 companies to market each quarter.
  • A Central Startup Ecosystem Directory that lists all events, programs, and initiatives that advance entrepreneurship in the Caribbean.
  • An Ecosystem Partnership Platform: where we help facilitate the collaboration of government, incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurs.

Our Initiatives

  • Caribbean Tech/Entrepreneurship Blogs

    Caribbean

    csmforcmasssite-e1461888588977Silicon Caribe:Caribe: is the most widely read and respected Caribbean Tech News Site. We are based in Kingston, Jamaica with an outpost both in Trinidad and New York

     

     

    ICT_finalICT Pulse: blog has been created to discuss topical Information and Communications Technology (ICT) issues from a Caribbean perspective.

     

     

    connectimassConnectiMass is a Digital Media, Marketing and Events Company that helps Caribbean startups + businesses to leverage technology to innovate, grow and prosper. We are focused on the Digital transformation of the Caribbean through the development of the startup ecosystem as well as an agile innovation business culture.

    DmBbEv6nCaricomEntrepreneur  We are cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship in the CARICOM region by recognizing, uplifting, encouraging and sharing tools and resources with entrepreneurs within the region.We share a distinctly Caribbean entrepreneurial story with hopes that we can help other entrepreneurs understand the unique dynamics that make Caribbean entrepreneurship. We share our successes, failures, limitations, strengths, strategies and the experiences which shaped us – made us Caribbean entrepreneurs – with the hope that we can make the Caribbean entrepreneurial journey a tad bit easier for those who dare to travel the path.


    Global

    Startup Digest: The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in New York City and around the world

    Caribbean Tech/Entrepreneurship Blogs
    Initiatives
  • Caribbean Social Networks


    Caribbean Entrepreneur Networks

    Business Entrepreneurship Network – Caribbean: The Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) connects early stage entrepreneurs in the Caribbean with information and resources necessary to transform ideas into successful products or services. BEN also serves as a think tank for ambitious business owners who want to build relationships and grow their businesses.Through research, events and the media, we bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and necessary stakeholders to help make the Caribbean the best place in the world to start and grow a business.


    Caribbean American Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI), founded in August 1985, is a statewide membership organization, which has developed expertise in providing business assistance to small and start-up business owners, in areas of business planning, financing, certification, procurement, business expansion, and export/import opportunities.


    Caribbean Hub: Caribbean Hub is a Slack community dedicated to the Caribbean entrepreneurship.Our goal is to connect entrepreneurs and professionals from the tech and startup industry in this area in order to chat, share and learn from each other.


    Caribbean Internet Entrepreneurs Association: The Caribbean Internet Entrepreneurs Association is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs to leverage the power of the internet to build successful online businesses.


    Caribbean Entrepreneurs Facebook Group: Common place for Caribbean business people, whether experienced, young or aspiring. Watch, Talk, Learn and Innovate!The goal is to exchange ideas & provide useful business-oriented information.


    Caribbean Startups Facebook Group: Community promoting economic development through digital creativity and entrepreneurship.


    Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs Network Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a prominent champion of the rights of females across the globe, particularly for the equality and opportunity for women to be full participants in their respective economies as political leaders and drivers of economic growth. In line with her efforts, the Caribbean Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum, hosted by the US Department of State, was held in Washington D.C. on March 12 & 13, 2012. Twenty-two (22) female entrepreneurs from ten (10) Caribbean countries were selected to attend the forum. All participants were owners of small or medium enterprises (SMEs) who possessed a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise as well as zeal to further grow their respective businesses. These female entrepreneurs were from the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname and Trinidad.


    Caribbean Small Business Ecademy: We educate, train and coach Caribbean Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners to grow their businesses FAST!


    Caribbean Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs- We have a mission to create and sustain a recognized body that exists as part of the official Commonwealth process and is able to engage, contribute to and impact the work of the Commonwealth to raise awareness and address the issues of young entrepreneurs.


    Youth Business Caribbean: We are a community of established organisations working with young people who want to establish entrepreneurial businesses in the Caribbean. Since 2012 we have been working  together to strengthen the ecosystem for young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. Connect with your local member using the navigation tab on the left hand side.

    Caribbean Social Networks
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  • Events Directory


    Annual Events

    caribbean_beta_2012_-_logosLaunched 2011 Caribbean Beta Conference-was the region’s first annual Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship conference. It brought together  the smartest Caribbean minds in technology, creative industries and business on an events platform for them to show and tell how they are using the internet, mobile and social to solve problems, create opportunities and change the world.It was launched in 2011 and has seen just over 500 attendees from 5 Caribbean Countries; 30 teams of Entrepreneurs Pitch in the BETAPitch Startup Contest and Silicon Valley,US Caribbean Diaspora, Regional Speakers.  Caribbean BETA was discontinued in 2012.

    2015-0828-cse-aw-atech-aruba-tech-conference-2015Launched 2015 ATECH* Conference is where the world’s most promising startups come to reset, connect and play. During this two-day event on the island of Aruba key global players in the technology and startup scene will discuss the future of tech, investing in startups and showcase the latest and greatest trends in the industry. Next one is September 2016

    Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 7.47.44 PMCaribbean Entrepreneur Conference September 2016- At the Caribbean Entrepreneur Conference we will work with you to build the pillars of YOUR business. You will be among other like-minded, success driven individuals all working towards one common goal…business success.

    Startup-SummitLaunched 2016 Caribbean Startup Summit-Bringing together a truly global community of experts and business support to help you succeed in your startup journey and introducing you to the all new TEN Habitat: An ecosystem for birthing and nurturing new Caribbean ventures

     

    abd80f0f7d39636c0b8f820e40318c0eTechBeach Conference- Launched in 2016-An intimate gathering of Founders, Executives, Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists meeting under the island sun to exchange knowledge, ideas, cultivate opportunities and build relationships.

     

    headerimage234Regional Tech Meetup: MC² is Miami Caribbean Code, an empowering ingenuity committed to fostering the bridge between Miami and the Caribbean region. MC²’s approach is to provide resources and education to empower today’s tech innovators in the Miami-Caribbean community and Caribbean region. Our vision is for entrepreneurs and innovators to achieve limitless technological advancements for future business success.

    EA-VerticalEmergeAmericas: Based in Miami, FL, but making an impact worldwide as not just a local tech hub, but a tech hub for the world, ‘eMerge Americas’ is where people and ideas come together connecting tech leaders and innovators in North America, Europe and Latin America. Its core roles: “a platform for the advancement of technology; a forum for idea exchange; and a launchpad for innovation.” The 2015 event met 10,000 attendees from 50 countries, 500 companies, 125 startups and 200 speakers.

     

     

     

    Caribbean-Investment-SummitCaribbean Investment Summit 2016 – Miami– The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) will host the 3rd staging of the Caribbean Investment Summit. The event will be funded and co-organised by the Inter-American Development Bank as a part of a Regional Public Goods Initiative entitled: Support to Foreign Direct Investment in the Caribbean. 

    FIF-e1454362336659ANNUAL LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN FIXED INCOME INVESTORS FORUM: The Latin America & the Caribbean Fixed Income Investors Forum is a 250 delegate pan-regional meeting focused on and designed alongside leading Fixed Income investors on Latin America including Central Banks, Pension Funds and Sovereign Reserves.  The one day meeting will demystify the low yield environment and establish best practices in selection of external asset managers.

    11b403a4-2efd-41b1-98f8-b67899f021d4-original Caribbeans in Tech NYC-A collective for nurturing Caribbeans in Technology and Entrepreneurship.  Link Up with Caribbeans In Tech happening on June 30th. This will be a celebration of Caribbean Heritage month, Immigrant Heritage month and the recharge of Caribbeans in Tech. *Note:June is Caribbean Heritage month in the USA.

     

     

     


    Competitions

    PitchItCaribbeanPitchIt Caribbean: The PitchIT Caribbean Challenge is an event under the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP). The CMIP is part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) and is executed by a University of the West Indies Consortium consisting of UWI Consulting Inc., Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) and the Mona Business Support Services (MBSS). Funded by the Government of Canada and executed by the World Bank, CMIP aims to develop the mobile app development ecosystem by bringing together mobile app developers, financiers, investors and industry players to accelerate the development of mobile app startups in the Caribbean.

    2Caribbean Innovation Competition: Caribbean Innovation Contest (CIC), through which entrepreneurs and firms can propose their ideas and develop them into profitable business models, while participating in training events, workshops and boot camps to be held in different Caribbean countries. Furthermore, CIC will allow winners to have access to expert mentors to support the process of idea commercialization.

     

     


    Local Current Events

    Coders of the Caribbean
    The 48hr Hackathon for Caribbean Millennial lovers of Tech, Gadgets and Entrepreneurship
    Where: Kingston, Jamaica
    When: July 18th, 2016


    Global Network Programs

    Global Entrepreneur Week (Global)

    google-for-entrepreneursGoogle for Entrepreneurs: We ourselves began in a garage nearly two decades ago and today we celebrate our entrepreneurial roots. Google for Entrepreneurs partners with startup communities and builds Campuses where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and create companies that will change the world.Since 2011, we’ve launched Campuses and formed partnerships that support entrepreneurs across 125 countries.

     

     

    Startup-Weekend-00-1007x1106Startup Weekend: In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

     

     

     

     

    startup-week-logoStartup Week: Startup Week™ brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days to build momentum and opportunity around your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Join in a celebration led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love.

     

    startup-grindStartup Grind: Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

    Events Directory
    Initiatives
  • Startup Ecosystem Directory

    Here we catalogue the startup and investment ecosystem of each country in the Caribbean. If you do not see your country listed and want to submit details on an accelerator, conference or program- then please send via our contact box.

    If you want to launch an accelerator, incubator or event and need help- submit your inquiry here.

    Startup Ecosystem Directory
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  • Code It Caribbean Launches Digital Workshops for 2016

    Code it Caribbean hosts a series of monthly digital workshops to help entrepreneurs, careerists and students learn to code. Check often for schedule updates on workshop topics, speakers, and prizes. All digital workshops for 2016 are free.

    • Learn to Code- An overview of all of the organizations, programs, and networks that help you learn to code for free! Register now. 
    • Programming Basics for Non Tech Entrepreneurs-Everything you need to know to build your first MVP app in a month. Register now!
    • Product development 101-from idea to design mockups to tech development-we go over the full life cycle of tech products (apps, website etc)
    • Tech hiring 101-Need a tech co-founder? Looking for a CTO or VP of tech? Or are you in search of a company to outsource your tech needs? We go over the platforms available to find amazing tech hires and go over how to access their abilities.
    • What’s new in code tech? Here we highlight the top coding trends and platforms that you should leverage to build amazing tech products. From the HTML5 to Xcode- we go over it all.
    • Caribbean leaders in Tech-a series of presenters from the Caribbean who learned how to build amazing companies via technology. They will share their stories, strategies, and advice. Speakers TBA. Come get inspired!
    • Debate on Programming- Is programming the new form of literacy for the 21st century. Learn what is happening within the tech ecosystem in regards to the rapidly increasing coding bootcamps and programs.
    Code It Caribbean Launches Digital Workshops for 2016
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  • CaribbeanStartups.com $100 Pitch Challenge Give Away

    Get Ready! The World is Waiting to Hear Your Story! 

    CaribbeanStartups.com is giving entrepreneurs of the Caribbean $100 to launch a company within 24 hours. The competition to all entrepreneurs with ties to the Caribbean. Challenge period is from July 8 to August 8 @12pm EST. Yet the earlier you submit, the more time you have to generate more likes/shares to win.

    To enter: Submit a 1-minute pitch video telling us “why are you a phenomenal entrepreneur” on our facebook page with the following information:

    Please note, only the facebook post with the highest number of shares/likes who also registered for the webinar will win. We will announce the winner on August 8th. Best of luck!

    CaribbeanStartups.com $100 Pitch Challenge Give Away
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  • Annual Online Caribbean Startup Ecosystem Expo

    CaribbeanStartups.com is at it again.The tech scene in the Caribbean is buzzing and its starting to get hard to keep up. In addition to our ecosystem directory, we are pleased to announce the first Annual Online Caribbean Startup Ecosystem Expo!

    On October 12, 2016, join us for an action-packed lunch hour where the top accelerators, incubators, and events present their programs to aspiring entrepreneurs of the Caribbean. Entrepreneurs will learn where to find funding, partnerships and amazing opportunities to accelerate to market. Each startup ecosystem presenter will present for 3 minutes. All presentation decks will be emailed out to attendees at the end of the program.

    Entrepreneurs, organizers, and sponsors can register HERE. Spread the word! You won’t want to miss this! Brought to you by the organizers of CaribbeanStartups.com.

    Annual Online Caribbean Startup Ecosystem Expo
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  • Free Caribbean Digital Accelerator

    Featured in the Guardian and LeNouvelliste newspapers. 

    The First Caribbean Startup Digital Accelerator: We accelerate 100 companies to market each year. Our 3-day accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers connected to the Caribbean. Each application round is rolling admission until we select our top 100. We then select the top 10 companies from the applicant pool to pitch investors on demo day. Top 3 are announced the next day and proceed to get capital investment with our investor network.

    The program has several components.

    • Part 1 Startup Development: First is the 3 -day accelerator program that includes 2 days of intense startup development training followed by an online demo day for the top ten companies to pitch investors, press and global accelerator directors.
    • Part 2 Mentorship: Once companies complete the program- they are given access to monthly startup development training with mentorship from successful Caribbean entrepreneurs.
    • Part 3 Progress & Investment: Companies are given an opportunity to submit updates on their companies 4x per year to and pitch our investor network for capital
    Free Caribbean Digital Accelerator
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