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PCJ Auditorium, PCJ Building, 36 Trafalgar Rd, Kingston

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Finally it’s here! Startup Weekend Jamaica will be staged on October 4th-6th, 2013 at the PCJ Auditorium, PCJ Building 36 Trafalgar Road in Kingston. Team ConnectiMass and its partners are very excited. We’re on Facebook and on Twitter Details to follow.



Oct 4
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Julian Robinson

State Minister, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining

The Honourable Julian J. Robinson is currently Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and Member of Parliament in the constituency of St. Andrew South Eastern.

He also currently serves as a Deputy General Secretary of the People’s National Party, an elected post he has held since 2003, is the sitting Chairman of the PNP’s SE St Andrew Constituency, and sits on the National Executive Council of the PNP.

Before entering representational politics, Minister Robinson began his career as a Management and eBusiness Consultant in London, where he worked for international firms IBM and Scient. His primary responsibilities there included developing eBusiness strategies, designing and developing business processes and launching eBusiness initiatives.

Art Phidd (Jamaica/USA)

Guest Speaker   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur - eCommerce, business intelligence and ICT Transformation Expert

More than 25-years experience providing information technology expertise to drive organisational growth of leading global companies across multiple industries including retail, banking/brokerage, consumer products, telecommunications and government.

Arthur has worked in top leadership roles in a number of the worlds leading online brands, and He has Implemented online sports and welfare lottery and gaming systems in Beijing, and Shanghai China

Focused on enterprise wide application and data architecture, eCommerce systems and sales channels including mobility.Combines AGILE, Patterns, & SDLC methodologies with business acumen and strong information technology expertise to align projects with organisational goals.

He has coached Fiscal Services Limited through its transformation program and was the Chief Information Officer for the Americas and Caribbean region at Cable & Wireless International

- eCommerce Startups
- Telecoms Industry
- Business Intelligence
- Business Strategy
- Project Planning

Gold Sponsors

Yaneek Page

Entrepreneur, Business Trainer   |   LinkedIn

Yaneek is a gifted multi-tasker – an award winning social entreprenur, innovator, motivator, TV series creator/host/executive producer, advocate for justice & women’s economic empowerment, small business advisor and newspaper columnist who started my first business at age 17.
She is a pioneer in litigant support services and enterprise-wide risk management in the Caribbean, having founded Future Services International Limited, the first company in the region to specialize in legal funding and helping companies manage enterprise risks.

Future Services International Limited/Yaneek Page was a regional winner in the prestigious NCB Nation Builder Awards (2011), in the category “Women in Business”.
She's a certified trainer in entrepreneurship who literally walks the talk.

Chris Reckord

Entrepreneur, Wine Expert   |   LinkedIn

HIghly accomplished, Entrepreneur and known Sommelier, Wine enthusiast and co-owner of Bin 26 WIne Bar.

Jenson Sylvester

Director, Government and Strategic Accounts, Columbus Business Solutions

Jenson Sylvester joined Columbus Business Solutions on January 4, 2012 as director for Government and Strategic Accounts. Since then his duties have expanded to include
responsibility for all Enterprise, Government and Strategic Sales in Jamaica.
Jenson has over ten (10) years experience in the Technology Services industry and has worked in Jamaica
and the UK with special projects in Europe and India. He has a MSc. with Distinction in Information Systems
Prior to joining Columbus Business Solutions, Jenson was employed to the UK’s largest Business Process Outsource company as an Account Director. He also worked for Cap
Gemini, one of world’s largest IT services companies where he was responsible for IT Solution Sales, including Offshore Services Delivery.
His areas of expertise are Enterprise Sales Management, Offshore Services, Cloud Services, Strategic Account
Management and Sales Team Development.
In his current role as Director for Government and Strategic Accounts, Jenson is responsible for managing teams to effectively service the Government Sector and our Strategic Clients.
Jenson is a UK national with Jamaican residence and is a Campion College Old Boy.

Dr Afifa Harris

Programme Director
Code for the Caribbean

Silver Sponsors

Dianne Harris

Business and Entrepreneurship Trainer   |   LinkedIn

Founder of Menntun- Business Coaching, Entrepreneurship Training with speciality in Startups and MSMEs.

Experienced Business Educator & Entrepreneurship Trainer with a diverse career in business administration, operations management, and academic teaching, training and coaching. Offering excellent workshop facilitation and presentation skills, strong leadership and team building abilities and proficiency in analytical evaluation and problem solving. Knowledgeable and experienced in business consulting, entrepreneurship and start-up education.

Business & Entrepreneurship Training & Coaching
Start Ups and MSME Businesses
Teacher/lecturer in Business Education
Curriculum Management
Teacher Assessment/Examiner
Examination item Writer

Chad Cunningham

Entrepreneur/Investor   |   LinkedIn

Chad Cunningham is a young entrepreneur in Jamaica who has built successful online businesses.

As co-founder and CEO of Carib Exchange Ltd., the regions first and only trade negotiation service and online business-to-business marketplace, Chad has made a positive impact on the profitability and sustainability over 50 large to medium sized companies all across the Caribbean.

This strong understanding of the dynamics and allure of online auctions, lead Chad to develop, Jamaica's first and largest online auction marketplace.

Specialties:Online Marketplaces, Negotiation, Investing

Janice (Gayle) Dacres-Jones

Business Growth Consultant   |   LinkedIn

A highly experienced individual who is passionate about the process of ideation...from innovation to development to actualization.

I love working with entrepreneurs who have big ideas and who are not afraid to push the boundaries to achieve their vision. I have spent over twenty years honing my skills in marketing and communications, strategic planning, organizational development, training, business planning and development and start ups.

Business Development, Start ups, Strategic Planning, Training, Branding and Identity Management, Business Coaching, Social Media Management, Grant/Proposal Writing, Sponsorship Management

Sandor Panton

Entrepreneur and Internet Marketing Expert   |   LinkedIn

Internet marketer, Domainer and owner of Top5Jamaica.Com, Jamaica's premier search portal.

Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing (including but not limited to strategies, implementation & management of banner advertising campaigns, pay-per-click campaigns, email marketing, brand listening/monitoring, social media marketing and viral buzz.

O'Neal Campbell

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Telecommunication/ICT specialist with demonstrated experience in planning, developing and implementing cutting edge information solutions to address business opportunities.

Develop strategic plans for worldwide implementation and operations of client services, product support, quality assurance and training. Initiate and enforce strict budget controls addressing company need and promotions of growth.

Experience in joint application and network development, benchmarking, capacity planning, cross-functional team training, project and resource management.

Wade Howell

Independent Telecoms Consultant   |   LinkedIn

13 years of telecoms experience with special focus on Product Development, Product Management, Project Management, Program Management and Customer Care Strategy

Karin Wilson-Edmonds


Karin Wilson-Edmonds is a management and business development consultant.

Founder of Karin Wilson & Associates (KW+A) who has worked with micro, small, medium and large private and public sector organisations as well as with a variety of non-governmental organisations.

KW+A hasfunctional and industry expertise in tourism, consumer products and services, financial services, business process outsourcing, and media and entertainment.

Areas of expertise are:

Strategic Planning
Business Development
Local and International Marketing Strategy
Online and Social Media Marketing
Brand Development
Marketing Strategy, Planning and Execution
Public Relations
Development of Business Plans

Martin Babinec ( USA)

Entrepreneur/Venture Catalyst/Private Investor   |   LinkedIn

Leading multiple initiatives to build a startup ecosystem across the Upstate New York region. Active angel investor and LP/advisor in several venture funds. Founded TriNet, serving as CEO 1988-2008 and Chairman till 2010. Remain active as large shareholder and Board member.

Jeevan Persad ( Trinidad)

Jeevan Persad is a designer, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur with a focus on the development of low cost electronic products. He is the founder of FaSoVe Ltd, a design company and enjoys working with individuals & organisations to collaboratively design creative solutions that bring ideas to life and dreams to reality. Jeevan has lead and participated in various teams involved in product development for products such as the Percussive Harmonic Instrument (PHI) and the Sustainable Turtle Shakelight (STS). He holds a BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of The West Indies (St Augustine) and an MSc in Electronic Product Development from the University of Bolton (UK).

Media Sponsors
Ingrid Riley
Matthew McNaughton
Nief Neamatt
Klieon C. John
Deika Morrison
Shanik T Ramson
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