Plant Max Farms team members react to the announcement of their victory.
August 20, 2017: Following a tension-filled judging process, tissue culture biotech start-up Plant Max Farms emerged winners of the recently concluded Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp (CGSB) in Guyana.
Plant Max cultivates tissue culture plantlets using low-cost methods, and produces renewable energy to address the devastating social impact of black Sigatoka disease on farmers in Guyana. Theirs was one of six ideas that advanced to the final round where they won the first prize package of USD$1000.
After working on the business concept for several years, founder Ian Cole was not able to develop at a rapid pace due to financial constraints. He credited his Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp team for helping him improve the idea for Plant Max and win the competition. “This bootcamp was a very fulfilling experience,” he said, noting that the teamwork among his four partners was fantastic and their input played an integral part in in the businesses overall presentation.
Team Plant Max Farms (l-r): Ominell Boyce, Ian Cole, Serojnie Rooplall, Orin Nelson and Terianna Bisnauth with Bootcamp host Carlinton Burrell, Project Manager, Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) and Jadesh Haripershad, Finance Manager, Institute for Private Enterprise Development (IPED)
The Caribbean GreenTech Startup Bootcamp pitch competition and closing ceremony and were held at the Tower Suites to a filled room of specially invited government officials, investors, sponsors and media. Competition judges were Dr. Mahender Sharma, CEO, Guyana Energy Agency; Mr. Komal Samaroo, Executive Chairman, Demerara Distillers Ltd. and Mrs. Judy Semple-Joseph, CEO, Guyana First Credit Bureau.
Other three winners were:
Other competitors included:
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