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ProjectBinario Helps Caribbean Startups visit TechCrunch Disrupt SF

With support from our Indiegogo Generosity crowdfunded campaign, ProjectBinario last month hosted entrepreneurs from around the Caribbean to attend TechCrunch Disrupt SF. We helped show that the region has strong tech talent to invest in through our presence at the event as the "Caribbean Pavilion". During the week, these folks also had the opportunity to conduct valuable networking and learn more about the world of startups and Silicon Valley. Meet the entrepreneurs we hosted:

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Khalil

Barbados
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Veronica 

Barbados
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Alfonso

Cuba
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Marta

Cuba
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Luci

Dominican Republic
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Katherine

Dominican Republic
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Gordon

Jamaica
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Kyle

Trinidad & Tobago
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Caribbean Pavilion logo (Special thanks Jacob van Winkle for designing.)

Caribbean Pavilion logo (Special thanks Jacob van Winkle for designing.)

The group started the week with a dinner in San Francisco's Mission district hosted by Bay Area International Link (BAIL), where they shared their stories and unique country perspectives. The following morning, day one at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, each visiting Caribbean startup had a booth at the Startup Alley. Throughout the three days at Disrupt, they engaged with attendees from diverse backgrounds and attended various presentations from tech luminaries. In the evening of day one, the group visited Impact Hub in San Francisco to learn about their global co-working and community model. 

In the evening of day two, ProjectBinario hosted a happy hour reception at Cigar Bar, a North Beach favorite for latin music. The activity also featured the musical stylings of Havana's own Tito Gonzalez y Su Son de CubaThe visiting entrepreneurs mingled with guests from all over while enjoying "Binario Breeze" cocktails (created for us by Cigar Bar) and classic salsa tunes by Tito. 

A highlight of the week was the final day, organized by our friends Jesse Sullivan, Ozair Ali, and Orlando Zambrano at Alter.  In the morning, the group was treated to a tour by Endeavor's Allen Taylor of their office at Galvanize (another co-working hub). Allen spoke about the history of Endeavor and their impactful work in supporting entrepreneurship around the globe. In the afternoon, the group visited Facebook's campus in Palo Alto and explored their impressive headquarters. Finally, the day was capped off with a visit to Innovation Endeavors, a venture capital firm founded by Google's Eric Schmidt. There, Stanford GSB professor Scott Brady hosted an intimate talk on the future of innovation and emerging markets. 

Overall, we made some strong bonds among those in the group as well as with others who we met on this trip. Hopefully, years from now we can all look back and say it planted seeds for future growth in Caribbean tech. Thank you to everyone who helped make this trip a success! 

Eduardo Perez