Forbes 30 Under 30 Launches 2016 Fall Boot Camp & Demo Night for the Caribbean

Featured in the Guardian and LeNouvelliste newspapers. 

After closing an amazing digital accelerator summer session with 105 top companies, Caribbean Startup Ecosystem is pleased to announce the Fall Boot Camp & Demo Night on October 12, 2016

Wednesday: 6pm-9pm EST Fall Boot Camp & Demo Night

  • 6pm- 6:30 PM How to Access Our Annual Accelerator + First Annual Online Caribbean Startup Ecosystem Expo
  • 6:30-6:45 PM Code It Caribbean- How to Learn to Code in 30 Days for Free!
  • 6:45-7:00 PM  How to Launch a Startup in 24 Hours
  • 7:00-7:30 PM How to Build & Scale in 6 Months (Crash Course)
    • Product development 101-Ideation, Beta Testing, Customer Acquisition
    • Customer development 101- How to get 10,000 users in 6 months
    • Marketing 101- pitching, social media campaigns, press, and PR, event management
    • Fundraising 101- How to raise capital via crowdfunding, crowd equity, angel & VC investment and unconventional methods
  • 7:30-8:00 PM Mass Challenge Accelerator Info Session
  • 8:00-9:00 Pm Online Demo day-Pitch to our investment/partner network (details TBA). We will host a virtual pitch off event for selected startups to connect with top investors, partners, and mentors.

Eligibility- For small business owners, startup entrepreneurs, and freelancers who reside in the Caribbean or connected to the Caribbean diaspora.


Demo Day Prizes: First Place Winner:

  • Feature in CaribbeanStartups and Partner network newsletters
  • VIP tickets to Haiti Tech Summit (June 2017)- the largest tech conference in the Caribbean. The winning team will receive (2 tickets, value of $900 each); Guest feature w/ pitch on stage and access to investor feedback sessions.
  • $1,560 worth of credits with SendGrid ($129.95 / month for 12 months)

Information Session Speaker:

Robby Bitting- Director of Marketing, MassChallenge BostonRobby loves startups and storytelling – MassChallenge is filled to the brim with both. As Director of Marketing, Robby is responsible for attracting top entrepreneurs to apply to the startup accelerator programs. In 2016, over 3000 startups applied from 78 countries. He also leads MassChallenge Boston communications strategy and tactics. Prior to MassChallenge Robby worked in PR at Ruder Finn in New York.


Demo Day Judges:

Director of Pipeline at 20+ Techstars Accelerator programs worldwide on finding and recruiting the best startups. To see all our programs, go to http://techstars.com/programs. To see programs currently applications, go to http://www.techstars.com/apply/. Yohei Nakajima is Director of Pipeline at Techstars, working with all 20+ Techstars accelerator programs worldwide on helping them find and recruit the best startups. As an investor, he loves startups with exceptional founders, and big ideas that disrupt large industries. As a mentor, he specializes in connecting founders to resources, strategies, tools, and people.

Georgie-Ann Getton is the founder of CaribbeansInTech. She is a young woman who wears many hats! In her personal life, she has a family and is a senior at CUNY Baruch College. In her professional life, she is a serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and a Diversity in Tech Enthusiast. She is the founder of Illicit Mind Inc a company that creates and develops initiatives to enable the growth of Black and diverse entrepreneurs and techies. Some Illicit Mind initiatives include Ujamaathon andCaribbeans in Tech. At the moment she is at Startup Insititute New York as their Summer Events Associate. Her other roles include being the President of the Hack for Baruch Club and the Business Manger for Theater in Motion.

Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur: Thomas Matzner’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged while in college. Seeking a mentor, Thomas decided to write a letter to William Lauder, Executive Chairman of Estee Lauder Companies. Not only did he get a response, but obtained the mentorship he sought which inspired him to eventually build a company of value on his own. Thomas spent part of his career in global forecasting, assisting in the success of the prestige beauty company, MAC, to grow their annual product offering and surpass $2B in yearly sales. Thomas also spent time at the premium casual wear brand, Lacoste, aiding in the efficiency of their United States supply chain, product allocation and special event coordination. Thomas has learned invaluable skills throughout his time in the luxury consumer goods market which he’s been able to apply in the success of his travel technology platform, Pommtree & ultra premium vodka, PRÜV.  ANNOUNCEMENT: Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Thomas Matzner launches Pommtree; a travel tech company leveraging social data from Instagram to curate vacation packages to the coolest tropical destinations and events. People can easily book these trips in a few clicks, making it simple to travel anywhere in the world.  Pommtree collaborates with a wide range of influential travelers, chefs, models and musicians as the faces of each vacation to ensure the most authentic experiences possible.

Top 5 Finalists: 

Ask PAM is a cloud-based management platform for the hospitality(Hotel) Concierge, that centralizes in one platform the day-to-day Concierge operations, Allowing them to offer outstanding guests experience. It is the only platform that is tracking and analyzing Concierge performances allowing them to better connect, manage and collaborate  while  optimizing the cost of customer service for the Hotel. Ask PAM is currently is operation in 30 cities across the globe.This is giving us access to an extended and unique resource of Concierge data worldwide.To find out more, check out our Website: http://www.ask-pam.com


Duvo has identified a need in the Caribbean region to provide a streaming music service offering. By engaging listeners into our free ad-supported tier and also our premium subscription tier; which drives them away from piracy and poorly monetized platforms. In an industry that is highly saturated with balanced competitors, Duvo has a revamped marketing strategy to separate us from the rest of the pack. Our aim is to be the number 1 streaming service providers of Caribbean content; music, videos, show and events. Giving people access to all the music they want all the time in a completely legal & accessible way. The time to act is now. To tackle this issue, we have come up with a marketing plan that will strengthen Duvo’s stance in supporting artists and incentivize users to engage in such a service. What makes the music industry thrive? The listeners and the people that make the music. By supporting the artists and giving users unique benefits, we believe we can give Duvo a competitive edge and become the industry leader.


Plantain is a company that individuals, families, communities and companies can reach out to whenever they are ready to capture their legacies in a way that is modern and beautiful. In the Caribbean, family heritage and histories are usually passed down orally from one generation of elders to the next. The result is the distortion and erosion of these stories – and consequently our region’s history and heritage – over time. Unlike in other countries such as the USA, Canada and the UK, where companies such as Storycorps and Ancestry.com have become very popular, regionally, there are few services that give us the tools to record our own heritage. At Plantain we help our clients tell their stories through film, print and online. We have worked with some of the most colourful personalities in the Caribbean such as the former Prime Minister if Trinidad and Tobago’s wife, Mrs Hazel Manning. Our short film, Popo’s Journey, was also an Official Selection in the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto (2015), and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2012). In 2015, we were awarded a national grant to create a prototype for an electronic gaming app that aims to engage people in recording their own histories. We are developing this with our wonderful partner, My China Roots (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-24044335).  Website:www.plantain.me

 


Terri Benjamin- I am the owner of Chic Gourmet an allergy free food shop. We create meals for persons with various food allergies, dietary restrictions, or even just those that want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We also conduct one on one health & nutrition coaching for our clients along with customized vegan /raw meal plans. We are located on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. I currently do not have a website but we do have a Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/chicgourmetvi/.


F.A.R.M.S. – Farmers Access Resource Management Solution- F.A.R.M.S. is a business solutions organization, whose primary objective is to identify business challenges and creatively provide electronic solutions. Farmers Access Resource Management Solution – F.A.R.M.S. – is a mobile and web application portal which provides the opportunity producers and procurers to interact in real time. An online marketplace which solves the sourcing and procurement challenges for the Agriculture, Hospitality, Restaurant and Retail sectors, regarding the sourcing and availability of fresh local fruits and vegetables F.A.R.M.S.


ALUMNI WILDCARD PITCHER: LivewireACT allows Entertainment Services Providers (ESPs) in Jamaica (and the Caribbean) to feature their offerings on a mobile-optimized virtual platform via imagery, videos and verified reviews-driven profiles and allows users to view, audition and book the Caribbean’s best ESPs guaranteed!Supported by a free mobile app and toll-free telephone hotline and in collaboration with industry, private sector and government stakeholders, we will enable thousands of ESPs to improve their marketing presence and generate additional income.www.livewireact.com


Expo Speaker: Lloyd Laing (Project Lead) www.TechStart.online. Techstart is a free online tech startup directory service and a business support platform that provides subsidized development and productivity tools to help fast track technology-driven concepts to startup and prototype status.

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