Who Made the List? Top 2016 Caribbean Startup Programs

CaribbeanStartups.com launched the region’s first digital accelerator earlier this year and released the final list of companies selected for the summer session. 105 companies were selected, five of which were featured in the Guardian. The cohort came from 16+ countries and were graduates of 34 unique startup development programs in the Caribbean. Here are some quick stats:

The top 3 countries represented in this applicant pool was:

  1. Trinidad w/ 40
  2. Haiti w/ 18
  3. Jamaica w/ 13

The vast majority of the companies were early stage, founding the ventures within the past 3 years.

  • 2016- 28 companies
  • 2015-29 companies
  • 2014-15 companies

When asked what their funding needs were, 45% stated that they needed less than $50k and 54% made ask amounts between $50k-$20M. Below is a graph on the top 3 topics of most interest to Caribbean entrepreneurs. Funding, customer acquisition, and marketing were the most requested topics for this year’s summer class.

Our summer cohort are graduates of the following startup development programs and competitions:

  1. Caribbean Innovation Challenge
  2. Pitch it Caribbean
  3. IDB Demand Solutions 
  4. NEDCO Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
  5. Global Leadership Coalition Entrepreneurship Boot Camp 
  6. Caribbean Entrepreneurship Challenge
  7. 711 Startup Pitch Competition Event
  8. 1776 Challenge Cup – Local
  9. Idea 2 Innovation Competition
  10. Arthur Lok Jack Bizbooster Incubator
  11. UStart Incubator (University of Trinidad and Tobago
  12. Startup Weekend, HBX (Harvard Business School)
  13. Devlabs
  14. prohaus.vc
  15. MCI start-up accelerator
  16. CodeSPRINT 2016
  17. Branson Centre Online Training Programme
  18. KingstonBETA
  19. Startup Weekend
  20. Startup Grind 
  21. Climate Innovation Center 
  22. Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean
  23. Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity
  24. Youth Leader of The Americas Initiative
  25. Forum on Finance (Haiti)
  26. Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA) Expo
  27. A USAID (Haiti) project called Konbit
  28. Digicel entrepreneur of the year
  29. Jamaica Business Development Corporation
  30. US Department of State ” International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
  31. Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC)
  32. FCC’s Small Business & Emerging Technologies Conference & Tech Fair
  33. MEMA business plan training
  34. The National Integrated Business Incubation System (IBIS)

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