PitchIT Caribbean Background
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 investors and guide them to market readiness. The aim is to create 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.
PitchIT Caribbean Pre-Qualifier Event
In August PitchIT Caribbean invited Tech entrepreneurs to participate in the Slush Global Impact Accelerator which runs between November 22nd to December 2nd. Caribbean hopefuls for Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2017, were put through their paces at the PitchIT Caribbean’s qualifying event. The event received more than 40 entries, from which the top ten entrants were shortlisted to pitch. The top ten came from Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica. On the 6th September, nine of the impact start-ups pitched virtually, with one team submitting a pre-recorded submission. Following a spirited and robust judging session, the following three companies emerged as the top three:
- Braata (Brawta) is a local artisan gift box subscription service https://braatabox.com/
- Get First Alert, is an app that provides users with medical and other emergency services based information http://www.getfirstalert.com, and
- Link Your Purpose, a virtual career mentor-ship service http://www.linkyourpurpose.com/
Advancing to Slush GIA 2017
These three companies were submitted for evaluation by the Slush team to determine which one of them will go on to represent the Caribbean in Helsinki in November. The judges for the regional qualifier were Ian Neita from Yello Media Group, Saffrey Brown from the Jamaica National Foundation and Silicon Caribe’s Ingrid Riley.
We will bring news of the lucky winner in a later briefing.