MicroPitch Dominican Republic 2019

The first edition of the MicroPitch took place in November 2019 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (in Spanish) and was organised by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in cooperation with Banco ADEMI, Banco ADOPEM, BANFONDESA, Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo (FDD) and FUNDAPEC.

Five shortlisted candidates presented their business plans to a high-level jury composed of representative of the EIB, Frankfurt School and partner financial institutions as well as an audience. The competition had an overall winner and three winners in sub-categories namely best entrepreneur, best female entrepreneur, best young entrepreneur and the candidate with the largest outreach on social media who all obtained funds for their projects. The overall winner was the enterprise “Days for Girls” which produces washable and reusable menstrual pads and trains girls in vulnerable areas in the Dominican Republic in their use, while simultaneously following the social mission of highlighting the importance of preventing teen pregnancies and creating a positive environmental impact.

Winners of the MicroPitch 2019

Best Entrepreneur Award: Leonidas Bullé y Fabia Peña.

Business: Days for Girls RD.

Best Young Entrepreneur Award: Melvin Sánchez.

Business: Jeffri Tunning. 

Best Female Entrepreneur Award: Laura Ureña.

Business: Ensueño RD.

 

Social Networks Category: Angel Martínez.

Business: D’ Cesar Barber Shop.

MicroPitch Dominican Republic 2021

A second Spanish edition of the MicroPitch was organised in June 2021 in Dominican Republic. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this second edition took place in a full online format.

The second edition of the MicroPitch was organised by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with the sponsorship of Altice Dominicana; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and MSMEs of Dominican Republic (MICM); the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and in cooperation with Banco ADEMI, Banco ADOPEM, BANFONDESA, FONDESA, Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo (FDD) and FUNDAPEC.

 

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. The winner of the Best Entrepreneur Award was the company “La Factoría RD”, an innovative e-commerce platform for handcraft producers in Dominican Republic.

Winners of the MicroPitch 2021

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Best Entrepreneur Award: Julie Belliard

Business: BF Studio Srl | La Factoría RD

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Best Female Entrepreneur Award and Public Vote Award: Lillian Fujii

Business: Corazón de Azúcar Srl

 

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Social Networks Category: Rafael Paredes

Business: Mobiliapp Srl

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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.

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