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Call for regional tech startups to attend regional boot camp and investment matching
Published on February 5, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The World Bank Group, in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank and OECS Commission, along with local and regional implementing partners, have all come together to offer a pioneering coding “boot camp” for tech startups in the Caribbean.

Boot camps are very short three to four days immersive events that focus on teaching people very specific entrepreneurship skills to deliver actionable sales and product development strategies to generate repeatable sales. Boot camps also create an opportunity for teams to networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and investors from across the Caribbean.

Interested startup teams from the OECS member states and Barbados are invited to apply to any one of the series of tech startup boot camps, scheduled to be held in Bridgetown, Barbados, from February 14 – 17, 2016, and Castries, Saint Lucia February 21 – 24, 2016.

Implementing the tech startup series of boot camps is Devlabs, a California based Accelerator, which provides business development and product development support to early stage software start-ups they identify and invest in outlier entrepreneurs solving big problems to expand into global markets. Devlabs assists companies that have a valuable product need to scale from a few customers to hundreds of customers to sales in the 100,000s within six to twelve months and they also invest US$25- 75k into companies that have a run rate of 1 million making them more attractive to other investors.

The event is expected to culminate with a live pitching event to regional and international investors as well as corporate executives to generate new customers and expand sales.

Successful applicants will be offered travel or accommodation sponsorships from the World Bank Group. Only one application per team will be accepted.

The application deadline is February 5, 2016. Digital start up teams of two or more are encouraged to apply.

For potential and existing startups, applications are still being accepted for individuals to participate in the Caribbean’s first, four-month premier pre-acceleration programme’s first call for applications. Individuals interested in the creation of mobile applications or the establishment of a digital export business will be afforded the opportunity to be trained in software development and in digital entrepreneurship.

These opportunities will be offered through the four mobile hub accelerators in the Caribbean in the following countries: Dominica, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago under PItchITCaribbean (Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP).

PitchITCaribbean is a programme implemented by a consortium led by UWI Consulting Inc. with grant funding support from the Canadian government through the InfoDev/World Bank Group’s US$20 million entrepreneurship program for innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC). Deadline for applications, February 5, 2016.
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