Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

    Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

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Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Queens Park Oval Ball Room
94 Tragarete Rd
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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National Solutions driven by Citizen Ideas

This Startup Weekend:
What if every problem we found in the public sector, we could potentially solve?  What about taking action to fix those issues? Finally, we can!  

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presents Startup Weekend: National Solutions driven by Citizens' Ideas. This Startup Weekend (SWTT) we are inviting citizens of Trinidad & Tobago to bring and build ideas that can solve public sector problems.     

We challenge you to Put Action Where Your Mouth Is.
We challenge you to find a public sector problem, think of a solution and if you want to built it, bring it to Startup Weekend.
We challenge you to turn your solution into a business.

Is this you?
“Ah hadda go licensing office boy. Yuh know dat is ah whole, half day i hadda take off ah work to do dat! Steups…”
“Steelpan dying wey? You know how much money it have in pan dat we eh begin to tap in to? Why is it that the rest of the world grabbing it up and we can’t get it together? Eh?”

Be part of the SOLUTION and not a part of the PROBLEM. Bring your expertise and ideas to Startup Weekend and be the change you want to see in the world.  

What You Get: As a Startup Weekend attendee, you will get access to exclusive resources to help build your idea into business, and you will make connections with like minded individuals and mentors. To help you keep growing after the event, the winning team of each event will receive helpful perks and training for building their startup.

There’s More: With your Startup Weekend idea, you can get a chance to win up to $10,000 USD to build your idea.

Do you have a public sector problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Examples of Public Sector areas include:
  • Public health
  • Public education
  • Public transport
  • Local government
  • Public housing
  • Cultural development
  • OR any government/public service
What do you need to bring? 
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend, including snacks and beverages
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet, coffee, and tea you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 24th

6:00 pm
Registration, Dinner & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Dinner & Pitch 101
Grab your dinner and take a seat to learn about what your pitch should look like tomorrow!

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Keiron Swift

Kieron Swift, Business Unit Manager - Competitiveness and Innovation of the Economic Development Advisory Board, which is an advisory body to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Kieron is responsible for leading the innovation and competitiveness work stream of the EDAB, including the implementation of the work plans through a small professional team. Current activities within that workstream include the implementation of the National Innovation Policy, execution of a technological foresighting exercise to inform the establishment of a number of specialist R&D centres, and providing input to a programme for developing global ICT-enabled services companies. Kieron’s background is in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, national ICT4D Policy and Project Management. Kieron has a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering (with specialization in Computer Systems and Communication Systems), a MSc in Public Policies for Science, Technology and Innovation, and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy. 

Coaches and Mentors

Rachel Renie
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Market Movers Ltd.

Rachel is an experienced Entrepreneur in the Agri-Business sector for over five years. She is the founder of the first online, fresh produce delivery service in Trinidad & Tobago and is always at the forefront of the latest technologies and trends associated with agriculture, food and online services. Graduating from the City College of New York with a B.A in International Relations, it was her love for travel and food that sparked her pursuit to make quality, healthy foods accessible to homes, offices and restaurants throughout Trinidad. With a strong focus on high nutrient foods she has invested in promoting safer agricultural practices and setting quality standards for local produce in Trinidad and Tobago. 
Rachel has spearheaded several projects based on enhancing capacity building and mentorship for other entrepreneurs and it is this ideology that allows her to continuously strive to create growth opportunities for other entrepreneurs in the agriculture and business sector throughout the Caribbean.

Jeevan Persad

Jeevan is a Product Designer currently based in the Caribbean region. He received his BSc from The University of the West Indies in Electrical & Computer Engineer and his MSc in Electronic Product Development from the University of Bolton (UK) where he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award. Jeevan has over ten years’ experience working in the area of technology focused product development as both a team member and sole consultant/researcher for clients of varying sizes. Currently his company, FaSoVe Product Design and Development Co. Ltd is focused on helping clients move their ideas successfully through the various phases and on to successful entry into the market place. His past product design experience includes supporting the development of the first electronics steelpan, the creation of low cost educational equipment and the development of consumer electronics products. 

Anil Ramnanan

Anil Ramnanan is a software developer and entrepreneur with over 20 years in the IT Industry. While working and doing PhD research at the University of the West Indies, he has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial activities with his latest being founder of the startup HelpQ and co founder of the startup My Beach My Water. In addition to developing mobile applications and doing research in the Internet of Things and Open Data, he tries to bridge academia, business and social enterprises to come up with innovative solutions.

Marlon Espinoza

President and CEO of Native Caribbean Foundation and Managing Director at Caribbean Print and Display Solutions. Holder of an MBA Small and Medium Enterprise Management.

Leah Phillip

Has over 12 years’ experience as a sole trader within the music industry currently manages The Entertainment Brokers. She holds an MBA Business Administration - Small and Medium Enterprises.

Alina Lewis

Success Coach and Strategist at Launch Pad Consultancy and Principle Director at Marabella Learning Centre Ltd. Holder of an MSc Education

Surren Maharaj

Country Manager/ Senior Academic Advisor at Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. Senior Coach at Boundless Transformational Coaching with over 20 years’ expertise in managing highly successful teams. Holds a MA in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Studies.

George Goddard

Educator at The College of Virtual Sciences and Owner the Paperless Office with proficiencies in accounting, marketing, business planning and information technology.

Tennille Whiskey

Senior Financial Advisor at Unit Trust Corporation. Holder of a BSc Economics and an MSc in Industrial Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management from University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She teaches several finance courses for an International MBA program and manages her own cupcake business.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

Celebrating 50 years in Trinidad & Tobago, IDB's Country Strategy 2016-2020 will assist the Government in removing constraints that hinder economic diversification and macroeconomic policy adjustment to the new reality of lower commodity prices.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Port of Spain is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Gerard
  • Akila
  • Melissa


Sally Ng
CEO, The Triple Effect & DigiLearn

Event Staff

Kurt Belgrave

IT consultant, Interests -  Renewable, leadership, entrepreneurship and Credit Unions

Joel Le Gendre

I am a(n): Son, Husband, Father, Engineer/Designer, Artistic and creative person, Citizen of Trinidad and Tobago; Entrepreneur

Nicole Joseph

Nicole Joseph is a multi-disciplinary designer and maker and the owner of Trovo Design & Create, a boutique design studio.

Ariel Wolffe

A coder, entrepreneur and techi at heart. Follow her blog

Matthew Vidale
GM at Mathew V

Matthew Vidale, the founder and Managing Director of Vidale Administrations Ltd. Matthew has a BA in Business Management from ROYTEC, and strongly believes that high quality service from every business is a possibility, but only when it is nourished from within. With a deep appreciation for team work, Matthew's aim is to always add value to whatever project, or activity he is part of.

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