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Kingston BETA- this Thursday ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

kgnbetaNoV2014Ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, we at Connectimass Foundation reflect on our tech event Kingston BETA- which is the first and longest running Tech Community meetup in the Caribbean. It’s also just ahead of celebrating 8 years in kickstarting the tech startup movement here in Jamaica, when we had our first event on February 28th, 2007. At that meetup  with 90 early tech adopter attendees and 3 Caribbean countries represented. It has grown into  the hub of Jamaica’s tech startup scene and a platform of inspiration and connection also for a number of Caribbean entrepreneurs-over 60 events, 6000 attendees and 200 entrepreneurs who have pitched their ideas.

As with all journey’s, Kingston BETA has enjoyed a rollercoaster of a ride of ebbs and flows all fueling its growth these past years. It has become the go to place for inspiring, connecting and training of aspiring and current Jamaican and Caribbean tech entrepreneurs. It has hosted visitors from Silicon Valley (West Coast USA), Silicon Alley (NewYork), Silicon Roun-a-bout (London), local, regional and international investors, Government Ministers and officials, CEOs and executives from Corporate Jamaica, Development Executives from WorldBank and IDB and so many more.

This Thursday is our Last event for 2014

We are staging our final event for 2014 this Thursday November 13th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30pm $500. Drinks Included. 8 Entrepreneurs from the local scene including 2 from the Caribbean Diaspora who have signed up to pitch their tech driven ideas. We will have announcements from members of the Tech Community and a few special guests. Join our community, See you there

Follow the action on Thursday by joining us on Twitter @kingstonbeta and hashtad #kgnbeta

 

EVENT: The Next Kingston BETA is on November 13th, 2014

kgnbetaNoV2014TECH EVENT- Are you an aspiring or current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the longest running Tech Startup Community Meetup in the Caribbean– we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA -Jamaica’s Tech Community Meetup on Thursday November 13th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m, Community Contribution is $500.

This is event is produced by us here at Silicon Caribe and ConnectiMass Foundation!

PITCH YOUR IDEA or STARTUP

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 welcome 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 250 Jamaican/Caribbean entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been awarded and also featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

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

Jamaica’s Tech Community Meetup Kingston BETA is on July 3rd, 2014

kingstonbetaJuly2014EVENT- 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 July 3rd, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m, Entry is still only JM$500 | US$5.

WHO’S TALKING?

ConnectiMass Foundation in association with media partner SiliconCaribe.com presents another in our series Kingston BETA events for Jamaica’s Startup Community. We will have the Honourable Julian Robinson, State Minister of Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.

WHO’S PITCHING?

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 take 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!

SPONSOR US: For more information on sponsorship packages and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Ingrid Riley ingrid at connectimass.com

 

8 new and emerging Caribbean Mobile Apps

Photo: Siliconangle

Photo: Siliconangle

MOBILE NEWS - On Tuesday, 10 June, the World Bank’s infoDev team launched the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme (CMIP) in Kingston, Jamaica. The programme, which is part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), seeks to recruit and nurture the next generation of talented mobile/cellular entrepreneurs in the Caribbean by providing startup and incubation support.

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

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!

NOW OPEN FOR PITCHES! Kingston BETA – Networking Mixer and Startup Showcase on February 27th

Kingston BETA February 2014

CONNECTiMASS, the triple award-winning media and events non profit that’s been empowering the next generation of Caribbean technology and business leaders through it’s media initiatives and community and capacity building events-  kicks off  Kingston BETA its 2014 Tech Startup Event series on Thursday February 27th 6 30pm at The Pegasus Hotel. $500jmd

ON THE AGENDA will be the  Startup Weekend Jamaica winner showcase; Slashroots ICT4AG Showcase; Announcement about Caribbean Startup Week 2014. We will also have the Technology State Minister Julian Robinson speaking: and the stars of the event in our Idea Pitch Segment…followed by Drinks and Powerful Networking as usual.

NOW OPEN FOR PITCHES! Want to Pitch your Tech related Idea/Startup? Email Ingrid@connectimass.com with your name and a paragraph on your idea/startup. We accept pitches from the Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora by Skype as well.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA MeetUp. This year marks the 7th anniversary of Kingston BETA and us growing a community. We have held Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 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 for the kick off of our 2014 series! Come to Be Inspired, Learn, Network!

JOIN : Follow @Kingstonbeta @connectimass in the meantime!

 

A mobile app that could save your life in a hurricane

VOChallengeM.A.D.E. was selected as the winner for the Caribbean in the VentureOut Challenge on Nov. 1, 2013. Launched by the World Bank’s infoDev and CRDF Global, an international organization which promotes international technical collaboration, the competition sought to support mobile app entrepreneurs to expand internationally. The Challenge is directed at young start-ups from relatively small domestic markets, for whom expanding globally is particularly crucial.

Keeping it real: 8 tips when seeking funding

Do you have a great business idea for which you need financing to get it off the ground? Are you in the process of implementing your idea, but need some more funds to take it to the next level? Many entrepreneurs get to a point where they need access to external funds to help start a business, or to scale it. Below are eight tips to help you (or an entrepreneur you might know) prepare for the process of speaking to investors.

1.  Know your budget.  First, it is important to know how much you will need to take your project from wherever it is now, point A, to point B. Although persons seeking funding tend to be happy to pitch their ideas, when asked how much money they think they will need, too frequently they tend to be vague. Sometimes that can be a deliberate strategy – to not scare off a prospective investor from the outset – but on the other hand, investors can interpret that as someone who is not truly ready for funding.  More

A quick take on the JGXLabs

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JGXLabs.com

I was first introduced to JJGeewax at the Developing Caribbean Open Data Conference held earlier this year at the University of the West Indies by Matthew McNaughton, Founder of Slashroots Foundation and co-producer of the conference.

After that, JJ and I traded we-must-meet up-and-chat emails with him, then I was included in an email thread by Julian Robinson, the Government’s Tech Entrepreneurship Champion in State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Mining Julian Robinson, as JJ announced his intention to open up JGXLabs. That thread included a link to the site which was not publicly live as yet.

JJ and I then finally had a sit down chat at Cannonball cafe in Barbican along with partners Imani Duncan-Price and Ashley-Ann Robinson-Foster and then after that at JGXLabs itself one Friday afternoon. In between all of that talking to JJ, his partners, I was listening to the various feedback I was getting from people from various sectors and from the tech industry. Yes the Google guy had landed in Kingston and everyone and their mother had an opinion about what he was doing and what JGXLabs was all about. I was constantly being asked by phone, email and what’s app what do I think of JJGxLabs, even was pressed for “my official opinion on it”.

So here goes:

Kingston BETA June 27th: Launch of Startup Weekend Jamaica, Idea Pitches and Networking

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