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SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015

The Caribbean’s Tech Startup Ecosystem started with the first wave of Internet Startups in the mid 90s, inspired by, and at times clones of, the American success stories. The region had, and in some cases still has, its own eBay (jamdeal.com), Yahoo (top5Jamaica.com), early social networks (caribbeanmassive.com and vibesconnect.com),online dating (caribsingles.com),alumni networks  (ackee.com), its own Search Engine ( is4we.com), Online Ad Network ( caribclix), Car Classifieds             (trinituner.com) and so much more. It was a time when entrepreneurs bootstrapped, squeezed alot out of DSL Internet speeds, and without the help of accelerators, hubs or incubators, used primarily online advertising and affiliate marketing to make money. Some failed, learned and evolved; some made money, and others sold their websites for major money. There was a little bit of a quiet period, even as there were still a number of entrepreneurs still starting up, then another wave came and inspired  events like  Kingston BETA , Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first Tech Meetup which was launched in February 2007; the Caribbean’s first Tech Entrepreneurship Conference - Caribbean BETA in 2011; since the first Startup Weekend in the Caribbean in Martinique, first Startup Grind in Trinidad, first Caribbean wide hackathon and Open Data Conference in Developing the Caribbean ( DevCa) in 2012— so much has changed and evolved. The level of activities and attention has increased significantly over the last 4 years. The words Entrepreneurship, Startups and Technology have become sexy and are becoming part of mainstream conversations and policy decisions. These topics have been leading governments, universities, corporations

  • Ahhh I see you see Chris, that’s not what I read and heard you see. thanks sooo much for this clarity.

  • Hi Ingrid,

    Could you kindly remove the phrase “They are currently in the Government-led accelerator StartUp Jamaica”.

    We attended a week long bootcamp by Oasis500 at the SUJ office in September 2014 but we aren’t part of a government led accelerator program. Right now SUJ is really a co working space and we are not based at that office.

    Thanks

  • Hi Ingrid,

    Could you kindly remove the phrase “They are currently in the Government-led accelerator StartUp Jamaica”.

    We attended a week long bootcamp by Oasis500 at the SUJ office in September 2014 but we aren’t part of a government led accelerator program. Right now SUJ is really a co working space and we are not based at that office.

    Thanks

  • Thanks for this. We will be doing a follow up list we will surely pass this on to our team for review.

  • Thanks Chris. We have made the change. Looking forward to seeing what amazing things you guys do this year.

  • Thanks so much Lyndell! This list is indeed just a start and we look forward to it becoming even more diverse and competitive.

  • This is a great initiative and methodology for selecting the companies, I hope to see the inclusion of more Caribbean Islands in the future. The Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations should provide valid information to inform future annual lists. All the best with this!

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  • Hi,

    Thanks for the mention. Could you update the spelling and link to antullia.com for us? Seems there has been a mistake.

    Thanks

  • Hi,

    I believe JamGOra is missing from this article. Check their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jamgoraja

    A Jamaican eCommerce Marketplace who is currently in alliance with Airpak Express and will bring online shopping with delivery to local consumers housing local merchants. Their aim is to commence movement of locally produced products to the Caribbean and North America in five (5) years.

    Check them out.

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