Congratulations Eze Green Company  Winners of #CGSB St. Lucia

Castries, Saint Lucia – The Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp island hop series recently concluded its stop in St.Lucia at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.

Participants came from all over Saint Lucia, with ideas ranging from products to help efficiency in rural farming and Eco building materials to energy consulting services, energy efficiency and remote controlled greenhouses.This intense three-day event brings together climate-related experts to drive discussions on the challenges of Climate Change to inspire participants to generate business ideas, as solutions to the impact of climate change. Participants are exposed to the rudiments of developing a startup team and are provided mentorship from industry experts to improve their business concepts.

During the Boot Camp participants learned a lot through examples, experiences, and advice from industry experts from the idea generation session and throughout the mentorship segment. The start-ups lead by trainers from Launch Rocket based in Trinidad and Tobago were thought how to address the business aspects of their solutions and converting their climate impact idea into a fruitful and healthy business.

On the second day, the energy from the teams was still booming. With discussions and laughter being mixed with working with their mentors on improving upon their idea for their final pitch to the judges.

“I was bowled over by the ideas presented” exclaimed mentor Mrs. Barbara Jacobs-Small

At the end of the event, each team pitched their ideas to a panel of judges who selected the top three startups. The first place winner will receive an award of US$1000, while the second and third place winners will receive US$500 and US$250 respectively by the CCIC.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp Saint Lucia 1st place team Eze Green Company, 2nd place AgriTech and 3rd place EcoCarib Inc.I hope the enthusiasm and passion remain in each of the start-ups while they develop their companies for the next stage.

Next stop ANTIGUA & Barbuda!

3 Reasons Your Startup Should Join a Cleantech Accelerator

Is it worth it? That’s the question you ask yourself when the day finally arrives for your idea to get recognized as a valid business opportunity. Just moments before applying you begin to doubt yourself, comparing your idea with others, convincing yourself again and again that you won’t be selected … then to hoping that you would be.

Imagine

You got selected to spend 6 months amongst the best mentors, become a part of an amazing community and then some.

Still pondering should I click send or should I go on watching Shark Tank and keep hoping? 

Want my suggestion? Just click send already

Guess you’re still in doubt, well; here are 3 benefits of joining a cleantech startup accelerator:

1. Acceleration
You believe you have a good idea, and potentially a great business and you want to accelerate the discovery of whether this is true or not.
It’s not about the capital you attract at this point but the manner in which you work on your ideas and how fast you execute them. Because you want to be ready and the best you can be for demo day and you are aware that the minute you walk into an accelerator the countdown begins. 

2. Mentorship
Quality mentorship is a secret sauce behind a great accelerator. Being given direct access to a network of top industry specific professionals who share their experiences, provide feedback, and guidance can really accelerate your business.

3. Network
As a true entrepreneur, you seek out and seize new markets and business opportunities as you are constantly on the prowl for the next big thing; it’s in your DNA.
By leveraging the network a cleantech accelerator can provide, you are short-cutting your lengthy business development process and rapidly accelerating your startup. If your product is great, you can turn introductions into customers and quickly grow your revenue in a shorter period of time.

Together we can shorten your roadmap and accelerate your startup for success. Let us assist you in achieving more for your business you decide what ‘more’ means to you.

Hope this helps. Go ahead and apply. You’ll rock it!

 Cashyaka McDonald
Marketing Officer
Caribbean Climate Innovation Center

Applications are now open for CCIC’s LaunchIT GreenTech Accelerator Program until June 14th. If you have specific questions about your company and whether you would benefit from our program, please contact us.  Click to Apply

11 startups, 54 intense hours, one bootcamp to change the world

CCIC Hosts The First Clean-Tech Bootcamp in the Caribbean

The bootcamp which is the brainchild of the CCIC challenged entrepreneurs to develop business ideas geared toward providing solutions to current climate-related issues. Participants not only received the opportunity to learn from top trainers, but they were also guided by expert mentors from various sectors of the Jamaica. Altogether, the event brought together vibrant young entrepreneurs from across the island to pitch their business ideas, form teams and then immerse themselves into creatively driven business development sessions.
The three-day bootcamp was held at the Campus of the University of the West Indies, Kingston on Feb. 26-28, 2016. The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC)
The Bootcamp kicked off with a “speed-dating” session to creatively break the ice and allowed the entrepreneurs to showcase their creative ideas and zest.Later in the day, the group explored the ideation process, attended a session on pitching strategies, and took part in a team-building activity; this was followed by preliminary pitches round, from which eleven of the most feasible ideas were chosen.
On the second day of the event, the entrepreneurs had access to a pool of mentors who aided each team individually in refining their business concepts, followed by a five-phase process laid out by event trainers which focused on prototype development and business model design.
On Sunday, August 28, eleven teams of exceptional entrepreneurs took the stage to present their final pitches before a panel of judges consisting of international experts and World Bank representatives; with ideas ranging from energy monitoring, aquaculture to a recycling solution using moringa. The judges were impressed by the entrepreneur’s innovative ideas, and deliberations were not an easy feat.
But it was Team 4 “Plug ‘N’Pree” whose energy monitoring solution which also acts as a home security system that took the crown. This event was brave and ambitious as well it was challenging. But the air was filled with enthusiasm, creativity and surges of adrenaline rushes from participants, mentors and volunteers alike and it was truly an unforgettable experience.

 

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