PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – March 3, 2021: The online application process for TBR LAB is now open, bringing Caribbean startups one step closer to gaining unprecedented access to world class instructors, seasoned mentors, and potential investors.
Hosted by Tech Beach Retreat in collaboration with IDB LAB, the DMZ, and several other international partners, TBR LAB targets early-stage tech entrepreneurs whose growth may be stymied by restrictive market dynamics in the Caribbean.
The accelerator programme is designed to equip qualified entities with the tools and global resources required to scale successfully in a digital world, and according to Tech Beach co-founder, Kirk-Anthony Hamilton, there’s nothing like it in the region.
“The Caribbean is primed with potential but we are at a natural competitive disadvantage as our ecosystem and infrastructure are lacking. Through TBR LAB we hope to level the playing field for Caribbean entrepreneurs who are pushing beyond the boundaries by offering them access to a multi-disciplinary learning environment with some of the best resources in the world,” Hamilton said.
Participants will have the opportunity to tap into $600,000 CAD in perks and digital business solutions, and will access exclusive learning content and expert workshops facilitated by world-leading tech incubator, the DMZ, based at Ryerson University. Startups will also have access to the DMZ’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program, along with its growing network of investors, tech startups, pilot opportunities and partnerships.
“We are thrilled to be supporting Tech Beach’s TBR LAB, and the entrepreneurial foundation they have already created in the Caribbean region,” said Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of the DMZ. “TBR LAB has a real opportunity to transform the tech ecosystem in the Caribbean, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.”
The combination of Tech Beach’s extensive tech ecosystem and the DMZ’s expertise in providing programming support for startups will position entrepreneurs to develop their businesses in a way that maximises their impact on the digital economy.
According to Tech Beach Co-Founder Kyle Maloney: “Caribbean entrepreneurs have the opportunity to truly level-up and be part of an empowering programme that will provide them with the exposure and support needed to successfully scale their busintheir businesses. We’re inviting all qualified participants to apply and join an incredible ecosystem designed specifically to help them realise their full potential not just locally or regionally, but internationally as well.”
Presently, due to the global pandemic, the programme will be delivered virtually. However, there is scope for localised, in-person engagements with all health and safety protocols observed, once it is deemed safe by local officials.
Persons interested in applying to TBR Lab can do so via https://techbeach.net/pages/tbr-lab.
About TBR LAB: A robust partnership with IDB Lab, PwC, HubSpot and the DMZ, the vision of TBR Lab is to radically transform the digital landscape of the Caribbean and emerging markets. TBR LAB’s mission is to empower the emergence and proliferation of high-growth tech start-ups, as well as enable enterprise organizations and governments to deploy impactful tech-driven solutions.
About The DMZ: We help companies grow their business. That means when founders want a high-impact and highly-customized tech incubator program, they come to the DMZ. Ranked as the top university-based tech incubator in the world, the DMZ provides a launchpad for founders to build and scale fast. Bigger and bolder than any other program of its kind, the DMZ has been creating the next gen of game-changing, global businesses since 2010. To date, the DMZ has helped more than 400 startups raise $934+ million in capital andcapital and create 4,000+ jobs. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the DMZ has a widely-recognized international presence with offices in Vietnam and India, and 70 partnerships around the world. Learn more at www.ryerson.ca/dmz
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