Bring Caribbeans to Disrupt SF!
Our goal at Project Binario is to enable smart, socially-minded tech entrepreneurs from nascent economies to make real and lasting connections to help both their startups and the communities around them.
We feel the Caribbean is one area in need of more "Silicon Valley love". There's so much talent hidden behind the veneer of surf, sand, and sun (and "Despacito" 😀). That's why we're aiming to bring this group of Caribbean founders below to San Francisco for the mecca of startup events, TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Sept 18 - 20.
We need your help!
We're raising funds through Indiegogo Generosity to cover conference fees, flights, housing, and other expenses. Any donation $25, $100, $500 is great appreciated and your contribution is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Oh, and we've also got some nice perks. Check them out!
So who are these 5 special startups and the entrepreneurs behind them?
Caribbean Transit Solutions - Khalil Bryan (Barbados)
Khalil co-founded Caribbean Transit Solutions to provide on-demand and real-time information on taxis and buses, a pressing need in his native Barbados. His complementary mix of skills in engineering and business development, combined with a broad knowledge of marketing and finance make him one of the island’s brightest stars.
ALaMesa - Alfonso Ali (Cuba)
Alfonso is one of the co-founders of Cuba’s most renowned app, AlaMesa, a platform for restaurants and bars in Cuba searchable by cuisine, geolocation, and other factors. He is active in Cuba’s programming community, having helped to launch Havana’s Linux group and he continues to be an advocate for open source technologies.
Jompéame - Katherine Motyka (Dominican Republic)
Katherine is the founder of Jompéame, an innovative crowdfunding platform aimed at social causes. This year, she was selected as one of the 50 most influential women in Dominican Republic and Jompéame one of the most promising business in the country by Forbes.
Edufocal - Gordon Swaby (Jamaica)
Gordon is CEO & Founder of Edufocal, an innovative exam prep and testing platform. The service has been used by thousands of students in Jamaica and elsewhere. Acknowledged by organizations such as the World Bank and IDB, last year the BBC named Edufocal a “Digital Disruptor”.
ChefMade - Kyle Maloney (Trinidad & Tobago)
Kyle's start-up ChefMade is a subscription service that empowers chefs to reach more people and promotes healthy eating habits. He is also the co-organizer of Tech Beach Retreat, which seeks to develop an ecosystem within the Caribbean to increase the uptake of technology-driven initiatives and investment.
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If you're in the Bay Area mid-Sept, we will be organizing opportunities to get to know Katherine, Alfonso, Gordon, Khalil, and Kyle, and other talented folks, throughout the week of TechCrunch, including Latin-themed party ... Stay tuned!
And please remember to donate and share our crowdfunding campaign!