Startup Weekend | It’s a 54 hour event ( experiential entrepreneurial education) where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. They pitch to investors for cash and prizes that can take them to the next level. The first Startup Weekend JAMAICA was held on Oct 4-6th, 2013.
It was the region’s first annual Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship conference. It brought together the smartest Caribbean minds in technology, creative industries and business on an events platform for them to show and tell how they are using the internet, mobile and social to solve problems, create opportunities and change the world.
It was launched in 2011 and has seen just over 500 attendees from 5 Caribbean Countries; 30 teams of Entrepreneurs Pitch in the BETAPitch Startup Contest and Silicon Valley,US Caribbean Diaspora, Regional Speakers. Caribbean BETA was discontinued in 2012.
Venture Out Challenge | We produced the workshop and qualifying Jamaican of this global mobile apps competition with our partner InfoDev/World Bank and CRDF for the global VENTURE OUT Challenge programme. The selected winners went on to compete for US$10,000 in seed funding, Mentorship with global mobile experts, Dragon’s Den competition in Chisinau, Moldova, a TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Scholarship and the opportunity to meet other developers/entrepreneurs from 33 countries.
SXSW| We are providing Caribbean Startup programming for SXSW Accelerator Event in 2016 in Texas. We’re responsible for getting as many Caribbean Startups who have ideas and prototypes that music, online media, film and emerging technologies. Connectimass will start looking for Caribbean Startups as early as September 21 2015. SXSX attracts 30,000 attendees from 67 countries plus some of the world’s top influencers and investors.
We co-produced this ICT4AG Caribean-wide hackathon staged across 6 Caribbean countries with the finals event in Suriname. It was done in partnership with our Netherland-based partner The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).