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MicroPitch CARICOM 2021

The third edition of the MicroPitch took place between October and December 2021 – for the first time in English and targeting entrepreneurs in CARICOM countries.

In an exclusively virtual format, the MicroPitch CARICOM 2021 combined the Business Plan Competition with a training series that equipped entrepreneurs with skills and tools to boost their businesses in the areas of digitalisation & e-commerce, green & sustainable business practices, as well as business management & financial planning. A hands-on training on how to successfully pitch a business completed the training series.

 

The training series benefitted more than 750 entrepreneurs and more than 180 entrepreneurs applied to the Business Plan Competition.

 

You can watch the recording of the MicroPitch CARICOM 2021 finals on YouTube.

 

Co-organised between the European Investment Bank and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, the MicroPitch counted with the support of several regional and national institutions, namely UNDP, the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, and Fygaro e-commerce business generator, Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Belize, SOFIHDES, and LASCO Financial Services as sponsors, as well as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, the Caribbean Microfinance Alliance (CMFA), Grenada Development Bank, Saint Lucia Development bank (SLDB), AID Bank, the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce of Jamaica, and L’Action pour la Coopération avec la Micro Entreprise SA (ACME) as partners.

Winners of the MicroPitch CARICOM 2021:

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Jodie Dublin Dangleben – MicroPitch Best Entrepreneur Award & MicroPitch Social Media Award with her business Jaydees Naturals. Jaydees Naturals is Nature’s Secret to sustainable beauty, producing natural hair, skin and household products from the Nature Isle Dominica. Jodie achieved this by marrying perfectly modern cosmetic formulation with traditional, indigenous herbal remedies to formulate unique and luxurious products.

 

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Nikisha Toppin – MicroPitch Best Female Entrepreneur Award with her business Elaine’s Caribbean Crochet – a registered social enterprise that provides Caribbean crochet artists with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to help their businesses be sustainable.

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Venice Irving – MicroPitch Export Award with her business Happy Teachers. Happy Teachers offers high-quality curated language services delivered by Caribbean nationals to non-native speakers through digital platforms, including online language teaching and tutoring. The business advocates on behalf of refugees and immigrants by debunking myths and countering toxic narratives about them to their host communities.

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Miguel Huertas – MicroPitch Audience’s Favourite Award with his business Apilife – a leading green enterprise who strives to safeguard and sustain honeybees, promoting the unique benefits of beekeeping, its importance, and benefits to the natural environment while providing natural, ecofriendly and healthy bee-based products for all segments of society.

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Joseph Kendy Jules – MicroPitch Haiti Award with his business Haispot.com – an eCommerce platform dedicated to facilitating direct trade between U.S.-based buyers and Haitian sellers while promoting Haitian culture.

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Mark Jacob – MicroPitch Belize Award with his business DML Foxtail Bamboo Straw – an Eco-friendly company that makes drinking straws out of bamboo. The straws are re-useable, durable and cut from nature.

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Kavelle Hylton – MicroPitch Jamaica Award with her business STEM Builders Learning Hub – an Education Technology, Social Enterprise dedicated to STEM skills development. It seeks to advance the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills of teachers and students in the Caribbean by utilising the local curriculum and available resources to increase students’ interest in STEM courses and careers.

 

MicroPitch Dominican Republic 2021

The second 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 Company: BF Studio Srl | La Factoría RD
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Best Businesswoman Award and public Vote Award : Lillian Fujii

Company: Corazón de Azúcar Srl

 

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Social Networks Category: Rafael Paredes

Business: Mobiliapp Srl

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 and Fabia Peña. Business: Days of Girls RD.

Best Young Entrepreneur Award: Melvin Sánchez. 

Company: Jeffrey Tunning.

Best Female Entrepreneur Award: Laura Ureña. 

Company: Dream RD.

 

Social  Networks: Ángel Martínez.

Bussines: Peluquería D’ Cesar.

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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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