Techstars Startup Weekend Music Port of Spain

    Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Music Port of Spain

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Abercrombie Tea House
98 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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Hear. Fix. Feel. OUR MUSIC

Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago is happy to host its 9th Startup Weekend and the 1st Startup Weekend Music Edition. At this Startup Weekend we are focused on building solutions for Our Music industry. 

What's Startup Weekend? It's pretty hard to describe Startup Weekend as it is not a seminar nor a workshop. We call it a business idea bootcamp. Click the video below to see what it's all about and past attendees have to say about Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago. 

Why Music?  Our local music industry or sector is fragmented. However it is labeled, Trinidad & Tobago has great musical talent and they produce content (songs, music, tones, etc) that are unique to our culture. OUR MUSIC is not only what is indigenous to Trinidad & Tobago (soca, calypso), but includes local gospel, rap, R&B, etc. OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY includes all the aspects that go into making, distributing and enjoying musical content. When you analyze all the components that go into making musical content, there are list of opportunities that present themselves: transport, financial services, distribution, royalty management, therapy and so much more.... A list can be seen at: INFOGRAPH. You can also see basic event info on out FLYER 

If you are entrepreneurial and want to explore developing ideas in the music industry, you MUST attend Startup Weekend Music.  

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Friday September 27th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 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 September 28th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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

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 September 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Robert Amar
Director at Amar Group

Robert Amar is the business owner of multiple creative industry entities. He is the man behind Kiskadee Caravan, Caribbean Sound Basin, 104.7FM, Charm Carnival, and the other companies in the Amar Group of Companies. He has business training from Harvard Business School, Penn State University, and Stanford University.  Throughout his career he has been chairman of Export Trading Company Limited, the Small Business Development Corporation Ltd, and National Youth Foundation TT. He has also been a board member of University Of The West Indies Endowment Fund, Mount Hope Patient Trust Fund, and Capital Investment Programme Of Pan Trinbago.

Blaze Mogul
Radio Host, DJ & MC

Ancil ‘Blaze’ Isaac, Jnr. Was born on August 17th 1977 in San Juan where he attended Febeau Gov’t Primary school then went unto San Juan Secondary School.

While attending Primary School he always had an interest in electronic gadgets and whenever there was a party at school he would always head to the DJ and watch how they played the music.

In Secondary School they would always call on him to organize parties and head committees for various sporting events where he would always end up being the MC!!!

He then finished his A-Levels At Sixth Form Gov’t School and pursued a career as an accountant while still doing music as a hobby. While playing in parties he met up with Johan Seaton and the became the Mic Man for the infamous Sel Construction Sound System, which led him doing a broadcasting course with Eddison Carr and then landed a job as an announcer on 98.9 FM and a TV presenter alongside O’ Brian Haynes on the afternoon entertainment show called FLAVA and in the process became one of the most high profile Soundmen in T&T.

In 2005 , RED 96.7fm emerged and he was partnered with Jason Williams (JW). to be the voices behind the Red Hot Morning Show, (Mondays to Fridays 6-9am), which was voted the No.1 Morning Talk Show in Trinidad and Tobago.

Joining forces reignited the desire to enter the entertainment industry, this time, as soca artists. From 2007 onwards, the dynamic duo collaborated on soca songs such as “Eat Ah Food”, “Bamsiology” and “Work” intent on making an indelible mark in the music industry. However, nothing could have prepared this unstoppable pair for the fame and success which was to come their way in 2010 with the release of their infectious, blazing hit Palance, produced by Kernel Roberts.

J.W. and Blaze monopolized the Carnival season with their action packed stunts and spontaneity palancing away with two of the most coveted and prestigious titles, International Power Soca Monarch 2010 and Trinidad and Tobago Road March 2010. It is to be noted that in the latter, a new record was established with Palance being played 417 times.

Melissa Jimenez
GM at MusicTT

Melissa Jimenez is a creative consultant, Fulbright Scholar and founder of Artzy Bitz; an all-encompassing arts management hub providing related services. With her years of education and experience, she has launched music/creative sector business initiatives in both Trinidad and Chicago.

Jimenez graduated from Colombia College Chicago with a Master’s degree in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies as well as Certificates in Events Management and Music (Steelpan). As a strong believer in lifelong learning, Jimenez continues to pursue other academic endeavors to enhance her skills in areas of interest to her. 
Passionate about helping others, Jimenez has worked with Kids in Need of Direction (KIND) and the Volunteer Center of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT), Must Come See Productions (MCSP), Launch Rockit and many other NGO's before being awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study. She was also the Chief Producer of a TechStars Startup Weekend (formally Google Startup Weekend) in Chicago and one of the lead organizers for the same event in Trinidad. She consulted for festivals like Eye on India and worked alongside the City of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago for 2017 festivals Wabash Arts Corridor and Big Walls

Alicia Cooper
VP at Aspire Fund Management

Aspire Fund Management bridges the gap between innovative entrepreneurs needing capital and investors looking to intelligently fund worthy businesses. Aspire manages Caribbean Venture Capital Company Limited (CariVen) which has a sub-fund for Caribbean Fashion, Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Sports. This fund is designed to support growth companies and high-potential projects within the Caribbean’s creative industries.

Coaches and Mentors

Martin Raymond

A musician, record producer and engineer for over twenty-five (25) years, Martin worked extensively in the UK before returning to the Caribbean island of Trinidad in the late 90s. He is known for his production work with World Music artists David Rudder, Brother Resistance, Mungal Patasar, Andre Tanker, Machel Montano and many others. As a mastering engineer, he has been responsible for shaping the final sound of many recent Road March, Soca Monarch and Calypso Monarch hits in the region. He composed the soundtrack for the Mariel Brown documentary "The Insatiable Season" and was the re-recording mixer on several movies including Horace Ove's "The Ghost of Hing King Estate" and Miguel Galofré's "Art Connect". He is Assistant Professor, Audio Recording and Music Production at The University of Trinidad and Tobago where he is Programme Leader for the Music Technology programme. Martin holds an M.A. in Carnival Studies from UTT. His Master's thesis was on the development of sound systems in Trinidad during the 1980s. He is a certified trainer in Apple Logic Pro and an Avid Pro Tools™ Certified Operator.

Organizing Team

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

  • Akila
  • Gerard


Kyle Ashby
Founder :: The Sandbox Santa Barbara | Founder, StartupSB || Startup Advisor

Kyle is the founder of THE SANDBOX Santa Barbara, a creative coworking, collaboration and event space and StartupSB, Santa Barbara's largest entrepreneurial network.

Ashby is also the founder of Kaldera an advisory firms that focuses on strategy, marketing and community building for startups, technology companies and organizations and Travel in Company a boutique tour and travel experience company.

Ashby was on the founding team of BrandLive and has worked in executive, marketing and project management roles with a number of multinational companies including Yardi Systems, Citrix Online and Forms+Surfaces. 

Kyle is an active advisor to startup companies and has taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Antioch University Santa Barbara.  

Kyle organized the first four Startup Weekends in Santa Barbara and has facilitated Startup Weekends globally as part of TechStars. Kyle was a Startup America Champion and is a founding member of a national Startup Community Building Organization called the Startup Champions Network.   

MBA from Babson College. Undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master. 

In his free time he is continues to learn, tinker, travel, surf, paddle, explore the outdoors, play the drums and bass, and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Event Staff

Kurt Belgrave

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

Nicole Joseph

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

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.

Sydney Joseph
Youth Liaison / Web Lead

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