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Since its inception in 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) programme has been leading the way in developing a regionally integrated approach to solving the Caribbean’s climate, energy, and resource challenges.

Accra — The World Bank Group, in partnership with Ashesi University, the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands, and Ghana's Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), inaugurated today the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC), a technology hub designed to help over 100 local clean technology businesses develop and commercialize innovative solutions to climate change.

Small Island Developing States, such as Jamaica, are susceptible to the impact of climate change on their development.

In order to meet the challenges posed by the phenomena, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) was created in 2014, with the aim of supporting Caribbean entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing locally appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The centre is one of the three components of the World Bank/infoDev Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), and is part of a programme funded by the Government of Canada, through the World Bank.

The Caribbean Climate Innovaation Center (CCIC) is one of the three components of World Bank/infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC). This is part of a seven-year $20 Million program funded by the Government of Canada through the World Bank to build an enabling ecosystem to foster growth-oriented entrepreneurs and profitable businesses that address climate change mitigation and adaptation needs throughout the Caribbean.

The Management Committee of CCIC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Marcia Brandon as Chair with effect 10th August 2015. Mrs. Brandon will serve for a period one year.

Mrs. Brandon has been a member of the CCIC Management Committee since the inception of the CCIC in late 2013. She is a social entrepreneur and the Founder/Managing Director for the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods & Entrepreneurship, which is headquartered in Barbados. She was also Founder/ Managing Director for Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Youth Entrepreneurship (CEYE) from April 2000 – 2013 and worked from1998 -2013 as Executive Director for the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT).

This first regional proof of concept (PoC) competition awarded grants of up to US$50,000 for developing, testing and commercializing innovative and locally relevant climate technology solutions. Entrepreneurs were asked to submit proposals for innovative products, services, or business models in sustainable agribusiness, water management and recycling, solar energy, energy efficiency, and resource use sectors.

Following last month's announcement of infoDev / World Bank Group's Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) Proof of Concept (PoC) awards, the 11 awardees assembled at the Center for Enterprise Development in Freeport, Trinidad on August 14th to collect their grant awards, network and have their first orientation and mentorship sessions with the Centre before embarking on their projects.

GROWING up in the United Kingdom, multi-award winning entrepreneur Nathaniel Peat was faced with stereotypes of what West Indian children were perceived to be. Such stereotypes at the time, according to Peat, were that these children were underachievers, drug users, and instigators of crime.

It was with the help of God and his parents that Peat said he developed a spirit of resilience and persistence to rise above the challenges.

Today Peat, who holds a bachelor of engineering degree with honours and a master of science degree in advanced manufacturing systems from Brunel University, is the CEO and chief engineer of Gennex Elite, which he started three years ago from the Virgin media Pioneer platform -- an online community of enterprising people who use videos and blogging to share their ideas and experiences.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cope with the impact of climate change.

The "Project for Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership" will help Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Dominica and Belize build the capacity to cope with climate change.

The agreement was signed on the margins of the first ever Japan-Caricom summit here on Monday that was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several Caricom heads of government.

In the Caribbean, the insatiable demand for fuel for cooking and fragrant woods for smoking meat poses a significant threat to the environment and the local economy. Old forests are disappearing while the cultivation of high-value products like allspice is replaced by the production of cheap fuel for today’s cooking needs. Shirley Lindo, one of the first grantee of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), may have found in the cultivation of castor beans a solution to preserve the island’s valuable trees and limit the widespread use of charcoal and kindling. 

Her close-knit commune in Bernard Lodge, St. Catherine, is a self-sustained community of family and workers that once was part of a large sugar plantation managed by her ancestors. In addition to subsistence foods like ackee and pineapple, the community produces also moringa and castor beans. The latter in particular have showed an incredible business potential: in addition to the sale of the home-processed castor oil, the community can commercialize its byproducts as organic fertilizer and, most importantly, as an efficient green fuel.

Kingston, July 9 - The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) — a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev — has announced the 11 winners of its first regional Proof of Concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of up to USD 50,000 to develop, test, and commercialize innovative, locally relevant climate technology solutions.


Officially closed on April 20, the PoC has received more than 300 applications from 14 countries, including territories within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Entrepreneurs were asked to submit proposals for innovative products, services, or business models in sustainable agribusiness, water management and recycling, solar energy, energy efficiency, and resource use sectors.

A new initiative to jump-start Jamaica's entrepreneurial tech sector is now up and running and is taking lessons from countries as diverse as Chile, Vietnam and Jordan.

Start-Up Jamaica (SUJ), whose website was launched last week, is a government initiative, based on the success of Start-Up Chile.

It is designed to help entrepreneurs transform business ideas over a period of about four months into effective business plans capable of attracting investment.