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Ingrid Riley - Experience from Connectimass (Caribbean)


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Presentation made during Workshop on Supporting ICT-based Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Agriculture organised by CTA on 19-21 November 2013

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Ingrid Riley - Experience from Connectimass (Caribbean)

  1. 1. How ConnectiMass Supporting Youth ICT-based Entrepreneurship & Innovation Generally and in Agriculture" INGRID RILEY Founder, ConnectiMass & Tech Entrepreneur Wednesday, November 20, 13
  2. 2. Why ConnectiMass? • Industrial Age is Over. Helloo Digital Age! • Jamaica/Caribbean at Economic CrossRoads with Bold Choices to Make • Jamaica has Young Population, Unemployment is disproportionately high amongst youth • We believe Entrepreneurship changes lives, creates jobs and prosperity. Wednesday, November 20, 13
  3. 3. What is ConnectiMass? • • A Social Enterprise • Our mission is to increase the number of successful tech entrepreneurs and startups in the Caribbean. Wednesday, November 20, 13 We teach and promote tech entrepreneurship in the Caribbean through our media platforms (blogs, newsletters, opportunity databases) and community and capacity building events (meetups,conferences, startup bootcamps).
  4. 4. We’re On A Mission • We are about empowering a generation who see technology and entrepreneurship as catalysts to live not only a better life, but the life of their dreams. • It’s about them owning their future! Wednesday, November 20, 13
  5. 5. How We Do? • We Inspire • We Connect • We Train Wednesday, November 20, 13
  6. 6. How we Inspire? • HIGH SCHOOLS Talks • UNIVERSITIES Group Talks • Monthly Email Newsletter - workshops, conferences, competitions, opportunities. • Our Event Blogs- chronicles Startup Ideas Pitched, the Entrepreneurs & Developers behind them Wednesday, November 20, 13
  7. 7. How we Connect? • Community Development • Peer to Peer Learning Network • Mentors Network Wednesday, November 20, 13
  8. 8. Hub of the Jamaican Tech Entrepreneurship Scene Wednesday, November 20, 13
  9. 9. Caribbean BETA Annual Tech Entrepreneurship Conference Wednesday, November 20, 13
  10. 10. Online Peer Networks • Caribbean Women in Tech Facebook Group • Kingston BETA on LinkedIn • Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs • GramStep • Jamaica Association of Developers • Cayman Developers • Jamaica Association of Designers Wednesday, November 20, 13
  11. 11. Mentor Network • 50 local, regional, diaspora, international mentors - software engineers, developers, successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, silicon valley entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship trainers. Wednesday, November 20, 13
  12. 12. Funding Network • Developing a Small Angel Investor Network Wednesday, November 20, 13
  13. 13. Our Partnerships Wednesday, November 20, 13
  14. 14. How we Train? Interactive + Experiential • STARTUP WEEKEND JA • STARTUP BOOTCAMPS • LEAN STARTUP SERIES • COMPETITIONS - BetaPitch at Kingston BETA & PitchFest at Caribbean BETA Wednesday, November 20, 13
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  16. 16. Lean Startup Bootcamp Series Wednesday, November 20, 13
  17. 17. USED SOCIAL MEDIA to KICK START a TECH ENTREPRENEURSHIP MOVEMENT • Our Event Blogs • -Our Caribbean Tech news Blog • Facebook • Twitter • LinkedIn Wednesday, November 20, 13
  18. 18. ICT+AGRI Projects • FARMSCORE • TEAM AGRO Wednesday, November 20, 13
  19. 19. FarmScore Credit Rating System for Farmers • Jamaica  has  163,600+  registered  farmers   • • Farmers  are  business  people  aka   entrepreneurs Farmers  need  financing  for  Expansion   • Banks  need  to  lend  to  remain   Machinery  Cash  flow  support Wednesday, November 20, 13 solvent
  20. 20. FarmScore • Farmer  RaDng  Profile  –  financial  insDtuDons  can   generate  risk  profiles • • • • Farmer  Self  Evalua:on   Loca:on  based  risk  profile  –  Op:mal  locale Product  based  risk  profile  e.g.  Banana Constant  improvement  through  data  collec:on  and  analysis   Wednesday, November 20, 13
  21. 21. Project Agro PREMISE o o o Wednesday, November 20, 13 Agriculture contributed 6.6% to the Jamaican economy in 2011 and employs 18% of the workforce. There is currently a growing demand for Jamaican products from overseas, as well as from the tourist trade, means that there will be a need for expansion and improved efficiency in the industry. Jamaica has a 110% mobile penetration
  22. 22. How it Works Project Agro is Jamaica's first digital agricultural clearing house utilizing web to SMS technology to connect small farmers and businesses • • Wednesday, November 20, 13 Once a farmer posts produce for sale by SMS directly to the site - that the buyer is interested in, we will send an alert directly to them via SMS. The buyer will have the option of replying to this text message, if this is a product that they currently need. Using their mobile devices buyers will be able to post the produce that they wish to purchase, directly to our website, this is then disseminated to the farmers in our database.
  23. 23. Startup Caribe Programme for 2014-2017 ...identifying, coaching, connecting the most promising Caribbean technology entrepreneurs through its community an capacity building events, competitions, global networking, entrepreneurship skill-building, startup pre-acceleration services, interactive mentorship programs.  100 Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs from Start to Startup Success over the next 3 years. Wednesday, November 20, 13
  24. 24. THANK YOU! @ingridriley @ConnectiMass Wednesday, November 20, 13