Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp
What is Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp?
This is an intense 54-hour event, during which potential entrepreneurs will be empowered with the skills and tools relevant to start up a sustainable business focusing on clean technology solutions to impact climate change.
The objective of CCICs initiative is to identify, build capacity and provide a supportive ecosystem for a pipeline of clean technology entrepreneurs in the Region. Through the Caribbean GreenTech Startup bootcamp, startups focused on the respective areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, water/waste management; sustainable agriculture/agribusiness and resource use efficiency will receive opportunities for further development.
Startups will additionally have the opportunity to network with like-minded young startup companies, industry experts & mentors along with gaining invaluable insights and lesson on developing a successful cleantech business. The Center’s regional hubs will also be provided training at the bootcamps to equip them with the know-how better to conduct such CCIC programs in their respective countries.
Here’s what happens during Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp:
Day 1: Meet, Pitch & Team Up
Pre- Bootcamp Event: Idea Generation Session
Participants are provided education on what is a startup and information on the current market problems. The sessions allow for participants to have a better understanding of the real technology/project problems related to climate change in order to be better equipped to enter the bootcamp with a business solution.
Registration & Networking
Get to know your new friends, Meet the people you will be working
60 Second to Pitch & Choose your idea
Participants will be provided one minute to pitch their business idea to fellow participants. From the top pitches, participants will choose which business idea they will be working on over the weekend.
Build a Team
Whether it's your idea or someone else’s, you'll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.
Day 2: Mentorship & Teamwork
Learn from the best
Local mentors will be coming in throughout the bootcamp to provide you guidance through the hard problems.
We have the resources and an amazing team to make things happen in a short period of time. Its up to each team to build upon their business model.
Day 3: Pitch & Choose
Pitch in front of a Panel of Judges
You will be provided 5 minutes to present your cleantech business idea to your fellow participants, specially invited guess and a panel of experts judges.
Watch other teams present and celebrate the hard work you have done. Get the opportunity talk to judges , mingles with guests and celebrate memories that will last a lifetime
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The CCIC was established in 2014 and is being spearheaded by a consortium which includes the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad and Tobago and the Scientific Research Council (SRC) in Jamaica. The initiative is one of the core components of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) which is funded by the Government of Canada and managed by InfoDev/World Bank.
Under this program component, the main thrust of the CCIC is to develop a climate innovation eco-system in the Caribbean. We provide support services and financing to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation needs.
All Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries except Haiti are benefiting from the project. These are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The thematic areas of focus are water/waste management, energy efficiency, solar energy, resource use efficiency and sustainable agriculture/agribusiness.
Since inception the CCIC has supported companies from the nascent stage up to later stage innovations, by providing early stage education, bootcamps, accelerators, grants, mentoring, access to finance, partnership, networking, marketing and other support services. Over US$500,000 in grant funding has been awarded to innovative entrepreneurs that operate in the climate space across the Caribbean region.
LinkedIn: Caribbean Climate Innovation Center
Address: Admin. Building, Scientific Research Council,
Hope Gardens Complex, Kingston 6, Jamaica.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
The bootcamps focus on business ideas or solutions which address climate change mitigation and adaptation needs. Solutions should address customer needs in areas such as agriculture, renewable energy and energy efficiency, recycling, water and waste management. In short, environmentally friendly business solutions.
This a intense 54 hour weekend/weekday event during which clean tech entrepreneurs are empowered with the skills and tools relevant to start or advance sustainable businesses that are environmentally-friendly solutions. Individuals may come with and pitch a startup idea that can address the problems caused by climate change. Others may attend the idea generation sessions to formulate business ideas gleaned from industry experts, which they can pitch at the bootcamp.
Individuals will break into groups to form teams/companies, tackle important business issues as they move through the essential assessment, feasibility, and execution stages of new venture creation. Existing companies are strongly encouraged to apply and attend with members of their team and work together throughout the bootcamp.
Training will be provided by accomplished trainers and bootcamp is heavily supported by expert mentors. The curriculum covered during the bootcamp include (a) entrepreneurship & clean technology (b) importance of idea validation & product/market fit (c) idea pitching process (d) assessment & team formation (e) building business model & prototypes (f) public speaking.
Yes. A fee of US$10 is normally assigned for the three day event which is payable at the bootcamp.
Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 idea pitches
Admission to CCIC Accelerator programme. The winning business idea will move on to the accelerator programme where financial support will be provided for the development of the business. Other participants may further develop their business model and apply to the accelerator programme.
Yes, you may click on the bootcamp country button at www.caribbeancic.org/bootcamp for the bootcamp you would like to attend and complete the application.
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most definitely yes. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you’re interested in clean technology and motivated to build a product, service or startup and if you are open to new ideas, you’ll fit right in.
Yes. You would be required a pay a small attendance fee at the bootcamp.
The CCIC has realized that there are significant hurdles to cross when starting a new company or reinvigorating an existing one. Some of these include proper market testing and research, product development, fundraising, and knowing how to effectively create a company. In addition, startups in green technology suffer from a few additional barriers. These include a general lack of knowledge regarding real and current market problems, difficulty in accessing customers, and access to support with hardware (prototyping, manufacturing, etc.). With that in mind, the CCIC hosts a ‘pre-bootcamp’ Idea Generation session.
The two primary objectives of this session are to educate participants on what a startup is and to brainstorm startup ideas based on current market problems associated with clean tech solutions. Persons who attend the IGS and who do not yet have a business idea, but are interested in starting one, will have a better understanding of the real technology/project problems related to climate change and will be better equipped to enter the bootcamp with viable business ideas.
The format of the IGS include a panel discussion by clean tech and business experts weighing in on the clean tech challenges facing the country and market problems faced by existing clean tech businesses.
No, but we encourage you to! You may pitch an idea you've been thinking about for years, or something you only thought of during the Idea Generation Session. With that you have the platform to receive feedback from the panel of experts. It's a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.
Teams are usually formed at the bootcamp; however, entrepreneurs may opt to work with their existing teams/staff. To work with existing team/staff, you should ensure that team members apply separately and state that they are a part of a team on the application (mention name of team members).
Apart from volunteers, mentors, organizers, and press, all selected participants are expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to maintain the flow of the event and ensure participants receive the needed training but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams.
Participants are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). If you are travelling and unfamiliar with the location, reach out to the local organizing team and ask for nearby accommodation recommendations. Some venues may allow attendees to stay overnight, but please make sure to check with the organizers beforehand.
Each event has its schedule posted on each country bootcamp page and on the events calendar.
Participants should bring items they deem necessary for a productive entrepreneurship bootcamp. Here is a list of items to note:
- Business idea (clean tech related)
- Power cord
- Business cards
- Camera – take pictures and videos to let your friends and family see!
- Lots of creative energy!
Conduct background research to have a better understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve with the product or service you are proposing to introduce to the market.
Practice your pitch. You'll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
The short answer is that you can’t. If you’re very concerned, you can give an overview of your business idea without giving key information.
The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about. Unless you are confident that your idea is a unique, easy to implement solution that hasn’t yet been thought of, the advantages gained from getting expert feedback and working with a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the risks of someone stealing and executing your idea. More than 90% of ideas pitched at CGSB have been pitched many times over. This doesn’t imply that the idea isn’t a good one. Rather, what truly matters is how well you and your team execute the idea.
The purpose of the pre-pitch voting session is simply to highlight some of the most scalable high-potential business ideas so as to facilitate the formation of a manageable number of teams for the bootcamp and also to ensure that each team has a variety of expertise to mimic as best as possible, the team required for an actual business.
If your idea isn’t selected, be willing to join another team and utilize the lessons learned during the bootcamp to review and if necessary pivot your own business idea. This will assist you to have a more refined business model and increase the chance for your application to be selected for the CCIC accelerator programme.
While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should accomplish by the end of the bootcamp, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged on for the final pitch:
Customer Validation (Is your business solution nice to have or need to have? Did you vet your business? Do you have an addressable market within or beyond your respective Caribbean countries?)
Execution and Design (what did you build or design?) Business Model (do you have a plan for the future? Do you have a description of how the business will work?)
As for pitching your business idea, some of the most common presentations include one or a combination of any but not limited to the following (in no particular order):
- Product demos
- Mobile Apps (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
- Slide decks (PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
- Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)