The Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) is funded by the Government of Canada and managed by infoDev/World Bank. One of the core components of the program is the development of a climate innovation eco-system in the Caribbean. Under this program component, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) provides support services and financing to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation needs.
All Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are included in the initiative, except Haiti. The countries benefiting from the project are; Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.
The thematic areas of focus are water management, energy efficiency, solar energy, resource use efficiency and sustainable agriculture.
Locally, the project is being spearheaded by a consortium of the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad and Tobago and the Scientific Research Council (SRC) in Jamaica.
Since inception in early 2014, the CCIC has so far has implemented Phase 1 of the project through a Proof-of-Concept competition, where grant funding amounting to over US$500,000 were awarded to eleven (11) innovative entrepreneurs that operate in the climate space across the Caribbean region.
For Phase 2, the CCIC’s goal is to support companies from the nascent stage up to later stage innovations, by providing early stage education, bootcamps, accelerators, grants, mentoring, access to finance, partnership, networking, marketing and other support services.
The bootcamp will be focusing on business ideas or solutions which focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation needs. Solutions to problems in agriculture, energy and energy efficiency, recycling, water and waste management.
An intense 54 hour weekend event during which potential entrepreneurs are empowered with the skills and tools relevant to start a sustainable business focusing on environmentally-friendly solutions;
Individuals may come with and pitch a startup idea that can address the problems caused by climate change or attend the idea generation session to pick up ideas from industry experts;
Individuals will break into groups to form companies, tackle important business issues as they move through the essential assessment, feasibility, and execution stages of new venture creation;
Training will be provided by accomplished trainers in areas such as (a) entrepreneurship & clean technology (b) importance of idea validation & product/market fit (c) process of idea pitching (d) assessment & team formation (e) individual pitches (f) voting (g) speed dating (h) team formation (g) mentoring objectives (h) prototyping and minimum viable product (i) building business model & prototypes (j) pitch warm-up and public speaking exercises and so on
February 26-28, 2016 Where will the Caribbean GreenTech Startup Weekend (CGSW) Bootcamp be held? UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences, Ground Floor, Exhibition Room.
Yes. A fee of J$500 (for the three days) is payable at the bootcamp, however, if you attend the Idea Generation Session on Feb. 18, you will attend the bootcamp FREE.
Three cash prizes will be allotted for the best idea pitch
1st: USD 1000
2nd: USD 500
Free entry to the Business Accelerator Programme slated for April 2016. (The winners will move on to the accelerator programme where they will be provided with funding for certain expenditures and further assistance to develop their business).
Yes, you may Apply Nowjust hit this lovely green button.
Potential entrepreneurs/ business enthusiasts, university students, graduates, engineers, developers, persons in agriculture, science and technology fields, marketing gurus among others.
A ‘pre- bootcamp’ event
An environment that will help participants create ideas for the bootcamp.
Talks on actionable market problems by top leaders in the climate space, hence providing a better understanding of business opportunities in clean tech/green tech and how potential entrepreneurs can get their feet in the door with buyers.
Provide potential bootcamp participants with a better understanding of the real technology/project problems related to environmentally-friendly technology/solutions
Help participants to have a better appreciation about what is a startup and what needs to be focused on when creating a startup as well as understanding startup terminologies, methods, processes and metrics.
February 18, 2016.
UWI, Social Sciences Lecture Theatre (SSLT), Mona, Kingston 6. Jamaica..
Linkedin: Caribbean Climate Innovation Center
Scientific Research Council Admin. Building
Hope Gardens Complex, Kingston 6, Jamaica.