Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp

Come with an idea. Leave with a climate-saving business

February 26 - 28, 2016.

Limited space available. Selected applicants will be notified will be notified by Wednesday February 24, 2016.

Benefits

Caribbean GreenTech Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour weekend event, during which potential entrepreneurs will be empowered with the skills and tools relevant to start up a sustainable business focusing on clean technology solutions to impact climate change.



What to Expect



Participants will be equipped with the knowledge on how to create a startup and identification of market issues through an education session to be held February 18, 2016. At the end of the education session, entrepreneurs should have ideas for clean tech startup.

During the Bootcamp participants will pitch ideas for new cleanTech startup companies, select the top one, form teams around those ideas and build the foundation of their startups.

Participants will have access to reputable business and technical mentors who will guide the teams developing their business idea.

By the end of the Bootcamp, startups will have a basic business plan, business model, and market research. They may also have begun ‘building’ their startups (developing software, prototyping, web site development, etc).

At the end of the bootcamp, we will be selecting the top teams to move on to Caribbean GreenTech Accelerator Program, where they will have access to mentors, seed funding, advanced training and access to potential investors.

The Bootcamp Process

  • Learn

    What is a startup

    Market problems of startups

    Tools for business & product development

    Startup financing and financial management

    Strategies for messaging & brand

  • Execute

    Business plan

    Business model

    Market research

    Create a minimum viable product

    Transition to your startup

  • Pitch

    Pitch to real customers to generate sales

    Pitch to local & international investors

    Pitch to other professionals to attract talented staff

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Who Should Attend

Business enthusiasts, business managers, developers, engineers, graphic artists, marketing gurus University students, graduates and others who are interested in climate change and startups.

* Note: Participants don’t need to quit school or their jobs.

What to Take with you

” Laptop, Business card (optional) and a great attitude"

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The CleanTech business ideas should focus on either of the following five (5) thematic areas:

Resource Use Efficiency: For example: Waste-to-energy, materials recovery, reuse and recycling.

Water Management: Eg. Potable water, rainwater harvesting, efficient irrigation, wastewater treatment and recycling, water use efficiency, desalination.

Sustainable Agribusiness: Eg. Water/energy efficient irrigation systems; waste management; high-value agribusiness; sustainable land use practices; waste-to-energy; and wind and solar energy for farms.

Solar Energy: Eg. Residential and commercial self-generation, residential and commercial water heating, solar-powered air-conditioning.

Energy Efficiency: Eg. Lighting, household appliances, air-conditioning, commercial cooling and ventilation systems, consumer behavior, building energy management systems, building design and materials.

  • CASH PRIZES FOR BEST IDEA PITCH

    1st -- USD $1000

    2nd -- USD $500

    3rd -- USD $250

    Winners and selected teams will advance to the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre ( CCIC ) Accelerator Programme.



    Deadline for applications is February 22, 2016.

  • Idea Generation Session


    FREE

    Thursday Feb 18th

    UWI Social Sciences Lecture Theatre (SSLT), UWI Mona

    Brainstorm Startup ideas

    Learn about issues in Renewable Energy, Water, Recycling and organic agriculture

    Develop Business Ideas to solve these problems

  • DAY 1


    $500

    Friday Feb 26

    UWI Social Sciences Lecture Theatre (SSLT)4pm - 11pm

    Entrepernurship, Social Impact and Clean technology

    Pitch Startup Ideas

    Vote On top Ideas

    Team Formation using top 5-10 ideas

  • DAY 2

    Saturday Feb 27

    UWI Social Sciences Lecture Theatre (SSLT) 8am-11 pm

    Essential Tools to Start and Grow a Business

    Introduce mentors to teams

    How to Prototype

    All Day Build your startup

  • DAY 3

    Sunday Feb 28

    UWI Social Sciences Lecture Theatre (SSLT)8am - 8pm

    How To give a Business Plan Pitch

    Morning: Build your startup and business plan pitch

    Afternoon: Companies Pitch judges. Top Teams Selected

    Awards Ceremony

    Start Up Party

If you come to the Idea Generation Session, the Caribbean GreenTech StartUp Weekend Bootcamp is Free.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided


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