What is MicroPitch?

MicroPitch is a combination of entrepreneurship trainings and a business plan competition that gives entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) of the Caribbean region the opportunity to boost their business by offering them capacity building and a platform to present (“pitch”) their business plans, solutions or ideas to a jury and audience, receiving personalised and instant feedback.

 

It is especially designed for established entrepreneurs who want to make the best of their business and are looking for opportunities to connect with mentors, expand their client portfolio, search for funding and/or investment sources and eager to establish networks within the regional and local business ecosystem.

The objective of the MicroPitch is to improve capacity building and financial inclusion of Caribbean entrepreneurs by connecting innovative MSMEs with financial institutions and other partners while offering integral support to improve their development, which at the same time seek to positively impact employment in the Caribbean region.

 

MicroPitch was created in 2019 as an initiative under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme to the Financial Sector in the Caribbean region of the European Investment Bank (EIB), which is implemented by Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Frankfurt School) since May 2018.

 

The objective of the EIB Caribbean Technical Assistance Programme is to promote responsible financial inclusion of the Caribbean populations, particularly for women and youth, so as to reduce poverty and encourage entrepreneurship across the Caribbean region. 

 

For more information about the programme, please click here.

How was MicroPitch created?

The first edition of the MicroPitch took place in November 2019 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (in Spanish). Four entrepreneurs out of 15 shortlisted finalists were awarded prizes and obtained funds for their projects. A second edition of the MicroPitch was organised in June 2021. It again focused on the Dominican Republic and was held in Spanish. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this second edition took place in an online format. This allowed the participating entrepreneurs to reach an even broader audience, as the final MicroPitch event was transmitted live. Six shortlisted finalists out of 76 candidates presented (“pitched”) the innovative solutions they have implemented in their businesses in front of a high-level jury of international and national experts. Four awards were given to inspiring and innovative entrepreneurs, who then received seed capital, hands-on mentoring and trainings targeted to their businesses’ personalised needs. 

Get to know more about the first MicroPitch and its winners!

 

Get to know more about the second MicroPitch and its winners!

 

After the two successful Spanish MicroPitch events organised in 2019 and 2021, it is now time to launch a third MicroPitch in English for anglophone Caribbean countries and Haiti combined with an Entrepreneurship Training Series!

Entrepreneurship Training Series

The Entrepreneurship Training Series is a comprehensive capacity building package designed for Caribbean entrepreneurs in order to equip them with a toolkit to boost their business and explore their true potential. The trainings are delivered by international high-level experts, are free and are opened to all Caribbean entrepreneurs who speak English.

 

To participate to the Entrepreneurship Training Series, please register here.

Business Plan Competition

The MicroPitch competition provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to participate in the final MicroPitch event, a business plan competition, that will take place mid December 2021 to present their business in front of a high-level jury and win one of several awards such as best entrepreneur or best female entrepreneur. Applications are open – take your chance now!

 

To be optimally prepared to pitch their business, the applicants selected as finalists will receive a “Pitch Training” where they will have the opportunity to train their Business Pitch and receive instant and hands-on feedback from experienced trainers and entrepreneurs.

Which opportunities does the MicroPitch offer?

You are a Caribbean entrepreneur and you want to:

Boost your business,

gain visibility and therewith increase your sales and attract new customers?

Find new

partners and funders for your business?

Meet other

inspiring entrepreneurs from the Caribbean region and join a network of financial institutions, international organisations and MicroPitch participants?

Upgrade your business,

management, digital, green and financial skills

Improve your

public speaking and presentation skills by sharing your business plans and innovations in a concise and convincing way to a high-level jury and an audience?

Then register now to the Entrepreneurship Training Series and the Business Plan Competition!

Who can participate?

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