Kingston BETA- this Thursday ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

gew2014Ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, we at Connectimass Foundation reflect on our tech event Kingston BETA- which is the first and longest running Tech Community meetup in the Caribbean. It’s also just ahead of celebrating 8 years in kickstarting the tech startup movement here in Jamaica, when we had our first event on February 28th, 2007. At that meetup  with 90 early tech adopter attendees and 3 Caribbean countries represented. It has grown into  the hub of Jamaica’s tech startup scene and a platform of inspiration and connection also for a number of Caribbean entrepreneurs-over 60 events, 6000 attendees and 200 entrepreneurs who have pitched their ideas.

As with all journey’s, Kingston BETA has enjoyed a rollercoaster of a ride of ebbs and flows all fueling its growth these past years. It has become the go to place for inspiring, connecting and training of aspiring and current Jamaican and Caribbean tech entrepreneurs. It has hosted visitors from Silicon Valley (West Coast USA), Silicon Alley (NewYork), Silicon Roun-a-bout (London), local, regional and international investors, Government Ministers and officials, CEOs and executives from Corporate Jamaica, Development Executives from WorldBank and IDB and so many more.

This Thursday is our Last event for 2014

We are staging our final event for 2014 this Thursday November 13th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30pm $500. Drinks Included. 8 Entrepreneurs from the local scene including 2 from the Caribbean Diaspora who have signed up to pitch their tech driven ideas. We will have announcements from members of the Tech Community and a few special guests. Join our community, See you there

Follow the action on Thursday by joining us on Twitter @kingstonbeta and hashtad #kgnbeta

 

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SAVE THE DATE! The Next Kingston BETA is on November 13th, 2014

kgnbetaNoV2014Are you an aspiring or current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the longest running Tech Startup Community Meetup in the Caribbean– we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA -Jamaica’s Tech Community Meetup on Thursday November 13th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m, Community Contribution is $500.
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5 Startups Confirmed to Pitch at the next Kingston BETA This Thursday July 3rd

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SAVE THE DATE! The Next Kingston BETA is on July 3rd, 2014

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ConnectiMass continues its 2014 Kingston BETA Tech Event Series on Thursday April 24th 6:30pm at The Pegasus Hotel.

KgnbetaAprilFlyer2014If you are an aspiring/current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the fast growing Tech/Entrepreneurial Community – we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA -Jamaica’s Tech Community Meetup on Thursday April 24th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m, Entry is still only $500 | US$5.

WHO’S TALKING

ConnectiMass in association with SiliconCaribe.com presents another in our series of HOW I DID IT! Where our host Ingrid Riley does a one on one interview style. This time around we have Stephen Spence, Founder and CEO of SMS Communications.

A 5 year old company in the Mobile Sector that’s come from launching in Jamaica to operating in 9 Caribbean countries and has won him many Jamaican and Regional awards. Hear his Entrepreneurial Journey and come with your questions and 5 friends. You won’t want to miss this.

BETA PITCHES

Get your pitches ready! Your fellow tech/startup community members as well as investors are waiting to hear from you. Have a great idea/Startup to pitch?  send your name, brief description to ingrid @ ConnectiMass.com. And have a read of our guidelines here. We talk Skype Video pitches from Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs in the region and the Diaspora as well.

And yes, this year marks the 7th anniversary of ConnectiMass Foundation staging Kingston BETA. Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 Jamaican/Caribbean entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

JOIN US: Follow @Kingstonbeta  @connectimass in the meantime!

SIGN UP: And have you joined our mailing list. If not sign up here, it takes 60 seconds.

SPONSOR US: For more information on sponsorship packages and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Ingrid Riley ingrid at connectimass.com

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NOW OPEN FOR PITCHES! Kingston BETA – Networking Mixer and Startup Showcase on February 27th

Kingston BETA February 2014 flyerWe at @CONNECTiMASS,  kick off our 2014 Tech Startup Event series on Thursday February 27th 6 30pm at The Pegasus Hotel. $500jmd | #kgnbeta.

ON THE AGENDA will be the  Startup Weekend Jamaica winner showcase; Slashroots ICT4AG Showcase; Announcement about Caribbean Startup Week 2014. We will also have the Technology State Minister Julian Robinson speaking: and the stars of the event in our Idea Pitch Segment…followed by Drinks and Powerful Networking as usual.

NOW OPEN FOR PITCHES! Want to Pitch your Tech related Idea/Startup?. Email Ingrid@connectimass.com with your name and a paragraph on your idea/startup. We accept pitches from the Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora by Skype as well.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA MeetUp. This year marks the 7th anniversary of Kingston BETA and us growing a community. We have held Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

Join us for the kick off of our 2014 series! Come to Be Inspired, Learn, Network!

JOIN US: Follow @Kingstonbeta  @connectimass in the meantime!

SIGN UP: And have you joined our mailing list. If not sign up here, it takes 60 seconds.

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CONNECTiMASS kicks off its 2014 Kingston BETA event series on Thursday February 27th 6:30pm at The Pegasus Hotel.

kingstonbetaThursdays belong to @KINGSTON BETA!

It’s Time to step up to the mic and pitch!

We at @CONNECTiMASS kick off our 2014 event series on Thursday February 27th 6 30pm at The Pegasus Hotel. $500jmd | #kgnbeta

Want to Pitch your Tech related Idea/Startup?. Email Ingrid@connectimass.com with your name and a paragraph on your idea/startup.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA MeetUp.

And yes, this year marks the 7th anniversary of Kingston BETA. Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

Join us for the kick off of our 2014 series! Come to Be Inspired, Learn, Network!

JOIN US: Follow @Kingstonbeta  @connectimass in the meantime!

SIGN UP: And have you joined our mailing list. If not sign up here, it takes 60 seconds.

SPONSOR US: For more information on sponsorship packages and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Ingrid Riley ingrid at connectimass.com

 

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Kingston BETA Meetup + BETA Pitches turns 7 this year! Join Us !

kingstonbetaJamaicastechcommunitymeetup If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA MeetUp + Beta Pitches, so we can give you free drinks and hear your idea pitches. We will announce our Date and Venue Announcement very soon. Entry is still only $500 | US$5. Time: 6pm-10pm

Get your pitches ready! Your fellow founders as well as investors are waiting to hear from you.

And yes, this year marks the 7th anniversary of Kingston BETA. Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

Join us for the kick off of our 2014 series! Come to Be Inspired, Learn, Network! As usual you will be in great company with aspiring and current entrepreneurs, developers, designers, college students, investors, mentors, corporate executives

JOIN US: Follow @Kingstonbeta  @connectimass in the meantime!

SIGN UP: And have you joined our mailing list. If not sign up here, it takes 60 seconds.

SPONSOR US: For more information on sponsorship packages and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Ingrid Riley ingrid at connectimass.com

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Two members of the Kingston BETA community are headed to Moldova as finalists in Venture Out Mobile App Competition

VOChallengeThirteen ( 13) international startups and two of them from Jamaica and our Kingston BETA community, have been selected by the VentureOut Challenge an initiative of infoDev and CRDF Global to compete before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts in Chisinau, Moldova on November 1, 2013

The Tech Entrepreneurs from our Kingston BETA community who were selected as finalists are:
Dwayne SamuelsGrikly -is a business networking application thatallows users to share contact details easily.
Dwayne had pitched Grik.ly at the July edition of Kingston BETA this year.

Jerome CampbellSweetSOA – offers web services to businesses. See Jerome in action pitching another idea of this at Kingston BETA June last year.

We are so proud of them both!!! Congratulations.

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Jamaican Mobile App Developers and Entrepreneurs -Go Global, Win US$10,000, Mentorship, International Travel and more

VOChallengeJamaican Mobile App Developers and Entrepreneurs

-Do you have a mobile app that’s finished ( minimum viable product) but not yet launched that has the potential to go into new markets outside of Jamaica?

-Do you have a mobile that’s already in the Jamaican/Caribbean market and have a few users and have the potential to go further and into new markets?

-Do you have a mobile app already in the market with alot of Jamaican users and has the potential to go into new markets?

Well the Venture OUT Challenge is for you.

Interested participants from Jamaica have until September 9 to apply. Click HERE,

They must also attend a Workshop that will give details on the competition, how to make a business pitch, how to write an Executive Summary; How to Take Internationalise Your Mobile App. Register for the free Workshop HERE.It will be held on Friday September 6th, 2013 10am-2:30pm at BATCO Conference Room, Ground Floor PCJ Building, 36 Trafalgar Road. Have questions? Email ingrid@connectimass.com

What is Venture Out Challenge?

VentureOut is a new initiative to support entrepreneurs and mobile app developers through hands-on training, virtual learning opportunities, mentorship, international exposure, and seed funding. The VentureOut program is designed to encourage mobile app entrepreneurs to internationalize their apps into new geographies, and also gives participants a chance to meet other entrepreneurs from 33 countries, who will be encouraged by local technology community partners located in eight countries: Armenia, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago.

 

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