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Caribbean mobile entrepreneurs get ready for their closeup


Kingston, June 11 - In front of a packed house at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters, young mobile entrepreneurs, potential investors and wellwishers shared experience and insight into the tech startup process. 
 
They gathered for the launch of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Program (CMIP), the umbrella initiative from infoDev, a global entrepreneurship program in the World Bank Group, that seeks to build and nurture an ecosystem in the Caribbean that supports growth entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and access to finance. READ FULL STORY

startupland’ shares tech biz experiences with Caribbean mobile-app hopefuls

For some tech entrepreneurs who came to see the documentary, the stories of their American counterparts up on the screen seemed familiar; for others, the idea of eating ramen noodles every day and sleeping on a friend’s floor for the cause was more alien. But everyone in the audience watching the film about entrepreneurs understood: tech startups are exhilarating, exhausting and can be highly rewarding. Read infoDev's exclusive interview with startupland director Justin Gutwein.
  • Caribbean mobile entrepreneurs get ready for their closeup
  • ‘startupland’ shares tech biz experiences with Caribbean mobile-app hopefuls
  • Meet the Entrepreneur - Gaitrie Satnarain
  • Caribbean Climate entrepreneurs make life tough for competition judges
  • Job opportunity: Program Officer based in Jamaica
MEET THE ENTREPRENEUR

Gaitrie Satnarain, an entrepreneur saving wildlife habitats and Surinamese tourism.

Gaitrie contemplates tourist attraction alternatives in the swamp at Johanna Margaretha Plantation on the right shore of Commewijne River, Suriname. Once the major beach areas are gone, environmental tourism will have to move into the swamps, where overnight, sanitary and food facilities will have to be established.

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Climate Innovation Center awards 11 Caribbean entrepreneurs with more than USD 400,000 in concept grants


The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) — a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev —has announced the 11 winners of its first regional Proof of Concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of up to USD 50,000 to develop, test, and commercialize innovative, locally relevant climate technology solutions. (READ FULL PRESS RELEASE)
                                   
Since April 20 when entries closed, judges have pored over 300 concepts from entrepreneurs representing 14 countries, comprising the territories of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Winners will be announced early in the summer.
 
The competition aims to provide funding to local ventures and individuals in the process of developing innovative climate technology solutions. More specifically, applicants were required to submit proposals for an innovative product, service, or business model in sustainable agribusiness, water management and recycling, solar energy, energy efficiency, and resource use sectors.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: infoDev is seeking to hire a Program Officer for the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC). This position is based in Kinsgton, Jamaica. Apply by August 10, 2014.
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