Entrepreneurs benefit from training


March 01, 2016

More than 70 local and regional entrepreneurs and innovators benefited from training in product and business development skills under the Caribbean Green Tech Start-up Boot camp.

The programme, which is an initiative of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC), aims to identify and support Caribbean entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing locally appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The boot camp ran from last Friday to yesterday.

Participants were exposed to the rudiments of developing a start-up team and were being given advice on market access and marketing of their products.

They were also given the opportunity to network with their peers and industry experts from the energy sector. At the end of the 54-hour intensive boot camp, participants were empowered with the skills and tools relevant to starting sustainable and innovative, green technology businesses.

The boot camp trainers were from the London-based business development and management company MAQTOOB Limited.

Three of the seven-member teams were selected to advance to the accelerator programme. The winners will also receive cash prizes of US$1,000, while the second and third-place winners will receive US$500 and US$250, respectively.

In his remarks at the launch last Friday at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council Dr Cliff Riley said that the CCIC project aims to take a small and medium enterprise-driven approach to finding solutions to climate change issues in the Caribbean.