Call for Caribbean And Latin American Startups by the IDB

IDB_withnameSTARTUPS -Do you have a startup that could change the world? Apply to be selected among the most innovative startups in Latin America and the Caribbean!

This year the IDB will be selecting a group of 15 startups, to participate, from December 1st to the 3rd, 2014, in one of the most innovative events at the IDB in Washington, DC. The goal is to raise awareness and connect innovative solutions, creative ventures from Latin America and the Caribbean to the world.

 

Selected candidates will:

  • Be exposed to the best disruptive content on innovation, interactive events, hands on workshops, inspiring talks, and find new ideas, connect, share experiences and learn from peers;
  • Present their startups to the audience of DEMAND SOLUTIONS, including investors, executives, journalists, industry references, university students and prospective partners. They will also be evaluated by a panel of expert judges;
  • Work two days under the modality “Fly Garage” a Mondelez International innovation incubator, to be part of a social, collaborative and creative experiment for their startups;
  • Be awarded a round trip airline ticket from their home country to Washington, D.C., lodging, and a stipend for food and local transportation. It is expected that selected innovators commit to participate in all the activities of the program prior to and after the event.

 

See if you qualify here

Caribbean School Creates Top Design in Cubes-In-Space International STEM Competition

northgate-cubes-in-space-banner-009[2] TECH NEWS- Trinidad-based NorthGate College Wins Global Award for Best Space Experiment

You wouldn’t normally expect to hear a conversation about “ionization in the earth’s atmosphere” happening between a group of twelve to fourteen year-old youngsters. But that conversation is exactly what led enterprising youth from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago to the top prize in the Cubes In Space global contest.

Seven students from NorthGate College, in Trinidad and Tobago, captured the 2014 Cubes In Space™ MPAC Group Top Design Award, for a science experiment that will be launched into space on June 26.

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Slashroots Foundation’s Code For the Caribbean Success Story Featured on BBC Radio

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BBC radio’s Click highlighted the outputs of the Jamaican startup non-profit  Slashroots Foundation Code for the Caribbean’s Fellowship program this week. Listen to the above recording for the story of Jamaica’s use of technology to combat praedial larceny  – the theft of livestock and crops from agricultural farms. Listen to the Audio Interview here. http://bit.ly/1mZ8HZR

Call for Caribbean Mobile Apps for The World Summit Award Mobile

mobileplatformsMOBILE – There is a call for mobile Apps from the following Caribbean Countries Suriname, The Bahamas,Belize, St.Lucia, Haiti for the World Summit Award Mobile before the deadline of June 30th 2014.

Snapshot: 2014 update of Internet speeds and pricing across the Caribbean

internetsign copyA 2014 update of fixed Internet broadband speeds and pricing across the Caribbean, and a brief comparison with our 2013 results.

As the Internet becomes increasingly important across the Caribbean, the telecoms providers across the region are continually adjusting and refining their offerings in that market. Since 2011, we have been tracking fixed Internet broadband speeds and pricing across the Caribbean. This year is no different. Again, we are updating our findings, and highlighting some of the changes that have occurred since the 2013 exercise.

Young entrepreneurs to launch ‘smart taxi’ franchise

ultreyaSTARTUPS- A start-up logistics software development company will in a few months launch an app-based ‘smart taxi’ franchise in Jamaica, allowing commuters to book taxis from the convenience of their smartphones or tablets.

Ultreya Logistics, led by a group of recent University of the West Indies (UWI) graduates, plans to launch the service at the end of summer, just in time for the new school year. Its SmartTaxi app, the engine that drives the business, is downloadable on Android and iOS-enabled smartphones or accessible via a website online.

“When you take a taxi, you are looking for convenience and a better service, and that’s what SmartTaxi provides,” said Marc Byfield, the founder of Ultreya Logistics.

Byfield, along with Ultreya Marketing Manager Akua Walters and software engineer Akil Aikman gave the Business Observer a demonstration of the app yesterday. MOre

Barbadian Government Web Database To Help Cut Supermarket Costs for Consumers

barbados When we at SiliconCaribe heard of this Barbadian Government Initiative, we did cartwheels! It also sounded alot like CleverGrocer.com which we had been a beta user for a few months ago and now we await their official launch. So our only question is that will the Bajan Government make the data open and available for other developers in Barbados and also across the Caribbean?

TECH NEWS-Looking to shop around and find the best prices for your money? Well, in a matter of weeks persons will be able to go online and have access to food prices at the various supermarkets around the island.

Startup Transcel pushing to bring Mobile money closer to reality in Jamaica

transcelllogoMOBILE NEWS – Local mobile money facilitator, Transcel Limited has moved closer to bringing its service to the Jamaican market. The company recently closed a successful round of investment, securing capital to implement its service launch in Jamaica and to expand to other Caribbean markets.

ConnectiMass continues its Kingston BETA Meetup Series on Thursday April 24th 6:30pm at The Pegasus Hotel.

KgnbetaAprilFlyer2014EVENTS – If you are an aspiring/current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the fast growing Tech/Entrepreneurial Community – we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA Jamaica’s Tech Community MeetUp on Thursday April 24th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m.

Entry is still only $500 | US$5.

WHO’S TALKING

ConnectiMass in association with SiliconCaribe.com presents another in our series of HOW I DID IT! Where our host Ingrid Riley does a one on one interview style. This time around we have Stephen Spence, Founder and CEO of SMS Communications.

A 5 year old company in the Mobile Sector that’s come from launching in Jamaica to operating in 9 Caribbean countries and has won him many Jamaican and Regional awards. Hear his Entrepreneurial Journey and come with your questions and 5 friends. You won’t want to miss this.

BETA PITCHES

Get your pitches ready! Your fellow tech/startup community members as well as investors are waiting to hear from you. Have a great idea/Startup to pitch? send your name, brief description to ingrid @ ConnectiMass.com. And have a read of our guidelines here. We talk Skype Video pitches from Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs in the region and the Diaspora as well.

And yes, this year marks the 7th anniversary of ConnectiMass Foundation staging Kingston BETA. Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 Jamaican/Caribbean entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

JOIN US: Follow @Kingstonbeta @connectimass in the meantime!

HackPR’ Links Companies With New Tech Talent

atTECH NEWS- The second edition of Puerto Rico’s biggest student-run hackathon, “HackPR,” took place over the weekend in Mayagüez, allowing technology amateurs and professionals showcase their skills before big name companies like Microsoft and Google, and also to local start-ups that are in the lookout for new talent that can satisfy their technological needs.
Company representatives got a first-hand look at participants working on either a free topic project or a specific problem that each corporation proposed to be solved. This platform also served as a place where the enterprises could display their own technological developments so contestants could use them during the competition.

The teams could either make something new with the products or better them. If company representatives liked what they saw, they could buy the end results or employ the developers to implement the ideas for them. More