Haiti is rapidly earning itself as a prime hot spot for entrepreneurial activity. With 11 million citizens and a global diaspora network of 30 million Haitian internationals- the influence of Haitian entrepreneurs on the global economy is spreading. Each Friday we highlight the top 10 entrepreneurs disrupting global markets. With the spotlight list we crowdsource a public vote on most highest influential entrepreneur on the list to hear their full story featured in our hall of fame series each Tuesday.
Haiti’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs of Influence (December 7, 2018)
Founder & CEO of LendStreet
At LendStreet our mission is simple – help people get out of debt, rebuild their credit, and get a fresh start.
Founder of Haiti Tech News
Before founding Haititechnews.com, Henry Beaucejour noticed through his work reporting for a Haitian newspaper that technology news was lacking for his country. With the importance of technology to the modern world, he knew that Haiti was in desperate need of a news source to cover the field. At the time of its founding in 2011, Haititechnews.com became the country’s first technology-only news source: a title they retain today. Haititechnews.com seeks to help educate and advise the people of Haiti through top-quality reporting, available in four languages. Beaucejour hopes that through Haititechnew’s help, the people of Haiti will acquire the knowledge needed to start their own businesses in the private and public sector. This, in turn, would inspire more investment in the IT field, helping ensure Haiti and its citizens a brighter future in the global market. With tens of thousands of Facebook friends and tens of thousands more unique visitors to the site, those dreams are already coming true.
Guelmana Rochelin CEO & Founder of Mana, S.A
Marc Alain Boucicault
Founder of Banj
Coworking space, Entrepreneurship hub, International exchange program and Incubator. Whether it is to exchange ideas, to think, create or to innovate, Banj is Port-au-Prince’s unrivaled networking spot and workplace. We are strengthening Haiti’s capital’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing tailored support networks and modern workspaces capable of stimulating creativity while keeping the focus on concrete results for all entrepreneurs who want to increase their visibility and move to a higher stage in their entrepreneurial journey.
Founder of Coin Gamma
#1 Crypto App in the App Store.
CEO & Founder Kreyol Essence, LLC.
Kreyol Essence (KE) brings natural hair, skin, and body products from Haiti to the world. Our eco-friendly formulations are made from pure and natural ingredients with a special focus on dry hair and skin. As a social business, we are maniacal about creating sustainable jobs, protecting and conserving the island’s environment and empowering women.
Davidson Toussaint CEO of Haiti Tourism Inc
Daphnee Charles Startup Grind Haiti Director/ Co-founder of COCREAD
Port Au Prince Chapter Director Daphnee Charles is a Haiti-based agro-economist. She is interested in using art to tackle severe challenges in Haiti. She co-founded COCREAD ”Cocreating Development” (https://www.facebook.com/CocreadHaiti/) a social enterprise, with the mission to boost community entrepreneurship through innovation art and resilience. Daphnee is also the co-founder of Action toward initiative and volunteering for Education in Haiti (ACTIVEH), a social organization with the goal to promote volunteering work among the Haitian youth.
Media personality and founder of Azure College School of Nursing
CEO of Cocread (co-creating development), a Haitian community incubator
About Haiti Tech Summit: Founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Christine Souffrant Ntim, Haiti Tech Summit brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers and creatives under one roof together to address humanity’s greatest challenges via entrepreneurship. It is a part of a 13-year initiative of GSE, which aims to bring centralize top local and global influencers in Haiti on an annual basis to accelerate industry development and ecosystem scaling in Haiti.
Companies represented for the past 2 years included Silicon Valley giants such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Paypal, Mastercard, Linkedin, Github, Intuit, Dropbox, Sendgrid, Youtube, Intuit and Adobe. Headline speakers included the President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, Venture Capitalist investor of Airbnb and Facebook Ben Horowitz, Former Editor in Chief of Ebony Magazine Kyra Kyles, Founder of Draper Associates and Draper University- Tim Draper, and celebrity influencers such as Vicky Jeudy from Netflix series Orange is the New Black and music artists Michael Brun and J Perry. Ecosystem enabler networks included Steve Blank’s Launchpad, Galvanize, Puerto Rico’s Parallel 18, Pivotal Labs, Angel Hack Accelerator, WIN Lab, Startup Grind, Forbes 30 Under 30 listmakers, Brazil’s Laiob-Latin America Institute of Business, and Alter Ventures.
The summit also welcomed leading local networks such as the US Embassy of Port Au Prince, Digicel, Royal Decameron, Ministry of Tourism, National Council of Telecommunications-Conatel, The Central Bank- BRH, CRS – Catholic Relief Services, Barbancourt, French Chamber of Commerce, Access Haiti, and Centre for Facilitation of Investments (CFI). Media represented included Forbes, Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, NY Times, Atlantic Black Star, Haitian Times, Chokarella, Trace Media, Loop Haiti, Le Nouvelliste, Ayibo Post, Metropol, and Radio Caribe.
For Haiti Tech Summit