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.
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.
What is a startup
Market problems of startups
Tools for business & product development
Startup financing and financial management
Strategies for messaging & brand
Create a minimum viable product
Transition to your startup
Pitch to real customers to generate sales
Pitch to local & international investors
Pitch to other professionals to attract talented staff
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.
” Laptop, Business card (optional) and a great attitude"
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.
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.
If you come to the Idea Generation Session, the Caribbean GreenTech StartUp Weekend Bootcamp is Free.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided