Founder of Parallel 18 – Sebastian- Speaking at Haiti Tech Summit 2017

Parallel18 just launched a new acceleration program in partnership with Facebook to support the growth of Caribbean startups that have outsized social impact potential and are focused on improving the lives of communities across the Caribbean.

Startup Hub Caribbean will support 10 technology startups to scale their efforts and improve their products and services, to better tackle the myriad of fundamental challenges facing the region, as well as scale internationally. Facebook will provide technical support, mentorship, training on the use of Facebook products and tools, free access to a suite of products and services, and access to dozens of experts within the company.

The program will also provide startups support from other mentors, a space for operations during the term, thematic workshops, access to a network of top-tier experts, investors, and other partners of parallel 18.

This is what we’re looking for:

  • Tech-based startups with a functioning product already launched in the market. Applying companies must be located in any of the Caribbean islands and have a dedicated team seeking to expand their business to new markets.

  • We’re looking for startups that are driving meaningful progress in the areas of gender equality; decent work and economic opportunity; industry, innovation, and infrastructure; climate change; and peace, justice, and strong institutions.

  • Preferably, the company should have annual revenue between US $100,000 to US $1 million, but we encourage all startups to apply. Revenue will be a selection factor during the judging process but is not the only one.

The application window for the accelerator program will be open from March 25th to April 22nd at 3pm AST. 10 startups will be selected by a panel of experts and will receive their invitations to the accelerator in May. Interested startups can find more information here

Join us June 20-22, 2019! About Haiti Tech Summit: Founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Christine Souffrant NtimHaiti Tech Summit brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, celebrities and creatives under one roof together to address humanity’s greatest challenges via tech and entrepreneurship. It is a part of a 13-year initiative to turn Haiti into an international tech hub by 2030. Deemed the “Davos of the Caribbean”, Haiti Tech Summit has welcomed keynote speakers such as Jack Dorsey-founder of Twitter, President of Haiti- Jovenel Moise, Ben Horowitz- Investor in Facebook, etc.
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.