6 Caribbean Innovation Challenge Winners Selected

30 Apr 2013

imageWinners of the first Caribbean Innovation Challenge

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), a nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), are pleased to announce the 6 winners of the First Edition of the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC).

During the Finals, held in Barbados on April 25-26, 2013, 20 teams, selected from 493 competition entries, showcased and presented their projects to international and regional business experts for the final stage of judging. The winners' selection includes two teams in each award category: Social, Economic and Environmental.

Congratulations to the following teams on their outstanding achievement in the CIC 2013!

Team Category Country Profile
Hivesource Best Economic Entrepreneur Trinidad and Tobago View
LCP Industries Best Economic Entrepreneur Antigua and Barbuda View
Mr. Tallyman's Sun Dried Bananas Best Social Entrepreneur Trinidad and Tobago View
Book Line Best Social Entrepreneur Barbados View
Emerald Energy Best Enviromental Entrepreneur Saint Vincent and the Grenadines View
Tambran by Tamara Best Enviromental Entrepreneur Grenada View

These 6 teams will now have the opportunity to compete on the Hemispheric level in the TIC Americas and Eco-Challenge Caribbean 2013.

About the Caribbean Innovation Challenge

The CIC is a component of the UNDP project Youth Innovation (Youth-IN): A Caribbean Network for Youth Development, which responds to the needs of youth identified in the report of the CARICOM Youth Commission (2010): 'Eye on the Future: Investing in YOUTH NOW for Tomorrow's Community'. The CIC differentiates itself from other existing business model competitions by incorporating "before and after" stages, focusing on training and mentoring as preparation for the competition, and providing follow up services that include access to finance, networking activities, internships and promotion opportunities – which are key support services for young entrepreneurs.

 

Find out more information about the Caribbean Innovation Challenge by visiting www.youthin-cic.net.