PitchIT Caribbean, under the remit of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP), is a two-tiered partnership approach to support growth-oriented mobile app businesses in the Caribbean. The programme is designed to strengthen the Caribbean mobile innovation ecosystem and enable sustainable and competitive mobile enterprises to grow through activities that will target early stage innovators and guide them to market readiness. The aim is for the creation of a regional pool of high-growth potential mobile start-ups with the capacity to release their apps to the market and raise additional capital to grow.
I spoke with Melissa Johnson Senior Projects and Portfolio Officer at UWI and Project Manager at PitchIT Caribbean to find out more about PitchIT and the opportunities offered by Slush 2017. I began by asking her to give some background on PitchIT Caribbean.
“PitchIT is an offshoot of CMIP the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme we work specifically with entrepreneurs in the tech and tech enabled business field. Intended to support startups support entrepreneurial development and contribute to the growth of the Caribbean Tech ecosystem”
I asked how the Caribbean is participating in this year’s Slush Global Impact Accelerator, and what activities are being held?
“So the slush Caribbean Global Impact Accelerator qualifying competition is the entry point for Caribbean tech firms with the solutions to key global challenges, and who are focused on Impact being able to interact with their global colleagues in Helsinki Finland. It is open to entrepreneurs who are operating registered businesses and was incomes are not exceeding a million pounds and who are very much focused on impact and really changing the landscape of the spaces in which they operate. All tech firms are eligible to apply it’s not just persons who may have been a part of the PitchIT Caribbean programme.”
I enquired whether past participants of PitchIT activities are able to participate?
“The competition is also open to entrepreneurs who are in PitchIT, who are currently or have been part of the hubs. Those are the support firms who have been providing much-needed support in terms of advice, guidance and incubation services to entrepreneurs across the Caribbean.”
Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a programme created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple global partners. The purpose of GIA is to create a leading global programme to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and to contribute to the discussion on impact investing.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2017 brings impactful entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing and make an even greater impact on their societies and beyond. The programme includes online pre-event coaching and the Helsinki boot camp programme from November 22nd –December 2nd, 2017 culminating in Slush.
The deadline for the Caribbean competition is the 23rd August and persons interested in taking part can apply here, http://www.pitchitcaribbean.com/community/slush/
The Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP) is part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), executed by a University of the West Indies Consortium consisting of UWI Consulting Inc., Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) and the Mona Business Support Services (MBSS) and is funded by the Government of Canada and executed by InfoDev/World Bank, spanning 14 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.