The Caribbean Climate Innovation in Collaboration with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) announced the winners of the Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp (CGSB) in Belize, which was based on the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to address the effects of climate change. The competition winners were announced during the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship week in Belize. Visualized by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, CGSB takes a unique approach in developing and selecting the highest level of scalable and sustainable business innovations focused on addressing the effects of climate change. The event has a rising attendance with more than 50 startup teams formed and equipped with the business knowledge to take their startup to the next level of technology commercialization.
Green Builders received the coveted first place award for their sustainable approach to green construction. Based on their aggressive approach and demonstration of innovation Green Machine and Belize recycling company was awarded second and third place consecutively.
Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp serves as a reminder of the lengths we still need to go to develop a truly sustainable enterprise to address the challenges of climate change being faced. While none of these projects have achieved global technology commercialization status, this competition celebrates the highest level of environmental performance currently achieved. Innovations such as Green builders provide hope for the buildings of the future.
Award recipients were selected by an expert panel of judges, consisting of Mrs. Nilda iverol, Manager, SBDCBelize, Beltraide, Mr. Michael Singh, CEO, BATLCO and Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Prime Minister, Ms.Nicole Jacobs, Economic Growth & Capacity Development Advisor, RTI International Development Group.
This competition was open to the Caribbean and International Entrepreneurs who are interested in launch green technology companies within the Caribbean. Projects applying to be a part of Caribbean GreenTech Startup must be registered in a CARICOM affiliated country.
The winning project will be featured on an upcoming blog on CCIC’s website: http://www.caribbeancic.org
About The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center
The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center is a consortium comprising the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad and Tobago and the Scientific Research Council (SRC) in Jamaica. The CCIC is one of three pillars of infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), a seven-year program funded by the Government of Canada through the World Bank.
Our objective is to identify and support Caribbean entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation, thereby providing an SME-driven approach to solving climate, energy and resource challenges in the region. We focus on building the clean technology, start-up ecosystem that addresses climate-related business needs in the Caribbean. This initiative is achieved by implementing the following four programs across the fourteen participating Caribbean countries: Idea generation sessions, Bootcamps, Accelerator programs and incubation programs. For more information on the CCIC, please visit our website at http://www.caribbeancic.org. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us at (876-977-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org)