Launch of the start-up launchpad

Launch of the start-up launchpad

Minister Martina opened registration for ‘Start up Launchpad’ at the Ministry of Economic Development on September 21, 2017.

Since then, entrepreneurs can apply for the ‘Start up Launchpad’. Through this program, start ups will receive support and will be able to invest in their companies through ‘knowledge’, ‘technology’ and ‘support’ vouchers. The program consists of 4 rounds of intensive coaching and support. Each round will be concluded with a ‘pitch competition’, determining who will continue to the next round. Through the course of the program, the final winner of the last round will have accumulated up to over ANG. 50.000 in support, technology and knowledge vouchers.

Participants need to have products or services in the start up stage that contribute to the development of Curacao into a ‘Smart’ island.

The deadline for application is October 19, 2017 after which CITI and members of the jury will select the participants. The participants will be announced on November 1, 2017 at the Kick-off event of Round 1. This first round will have a duration of one month.

More information on conditions, information and the application form.CITI Launchpad (23)

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Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities in Curaçao

Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities in Curaçao

Curaçao aims to become smarter as a nation by investing in innovative solutions to existing problems and improve people’s well-being. The Curaçao Pilot Project “Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities program” will increase the success rate of start-ups that develop solutions for Small, Safe and Smart Communities.

Curaçao aims to achieve a more export oriented future and improve its potential for economic growth by focusing on the wider world. This requires Curaçao to advance to the levels of a digitalized society/ Smart Nation. Smart communities use technology to solve problems and improve people’s well-being. Curaçao aims to become smarter as a nation by investing in innovative solutions to existing problems.

A smarter Curaçao as a nation to contribute to the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by investing in innovative solutions, improving the success rate of SME’s and increasing employment in Smart Nation related jobs and industries.

Participants in the Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities have improved access to knowledge, finance and support for start-ups and through the increased use of technology and innovation, will create products and services that contribute to Curaçao becoming a smarter and safer community.

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Declaration

Declaration

The OCTA Innovation International Conference took place in Ponta Delgada, Azores on 11-14 April 2017. It gathered representatives of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and to develop cooperation and future initiatives.

The pillars and values that are the basis of a society were considered as well as the capacities and needs of all stakeholders to underpin them. The implementation of different types and different levels of innovation have been under consideration. The vision of an economically prosperous and inclusive society should be based on innovation and entire collaboration between public and private actors. Innovation should support all stakeholders in society, in both economic and social fields and is perceived as crucial for tackling the issues of natural resources, climate change and sustainable development. The governments have to ensure enabling conditions for propelling innovation. Innovation Managers of the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union, active members of OCTA Innovation, assembled in the Azores, commit themselves to feeding these dynamics.

Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and knowledge sharing and capacity-building. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic and regional centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way, and to share expertise among the OCTs and with regions.

Innovation Managers: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; British Virgin Islands, Lizette George; Cayman Islands, Jamaal Anderson; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Falkland Islands, Michael Betts; French Polynesia, Bran Quinquis; Greenland, Lars Balslev; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; New Caledonia, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Helena, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston; Turks and Caicos Islands, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Wallis and Futuna, Carole Manry.

OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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OCTA Innovation Issue 3 / 2017 – Curaçao

OCTA Innovation Issue 3 / 2017 – Curaçao

Curaçao is an island strategically situated in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of the South American mainland. A polyglot society, it boasts more than 60 different nationalities, living and working harmoniously on a 171 square-mile territory. As part of the erstwhile political entity the Netherlands Antilles, the island became an Overseas Country of the European Economic Community in 1964. Historically a trade enclave, today the island’s economic mainstay is centered around tourism, oil refining, financial services and ship repair.

As acting Representative of the Government of Curaçao to the European Union for the past two years and a member of OCTA’s Executive Committee, Ann Philipps, has been advocating a vision of an internationally focused future for her island. This makes the most of Curaçao’s natural assets; a multi-ethnic and multi cultural population speaking several languages and a good strategic position for trade. At the same time, it recognizes the need to forge strong international partnerships and improve the quality of its human capital through an internationally-oriented educational system. This vision for the future was reflected in the theme of Curaçao’s OCTA chairmanship, ‘building strategic partnerships for sustainable development’.

 

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Stimulating innovation in Curaçao

Stimulating innovation in Curaçao

The OCTA Innovation project is supporting sustainable growth in the OCTs in many different ways. Fiona Curie, our Innovation Manager in Curaçao, is leading the way in all innovation-related activities. Working in the Ministry of Economic Development and in charge of propelling innovation in public and private sectors in Curaçao, Fiona Curie recommended four candidates for the BIC Awards. Fiona Curie authors below an article of innovation in her island.

Curaçao is not unfamiliar with the term innovation. The Innovation Prize has been awarded to businesses that have applied innovation ever since 1996 via the Innovation Centre Curaçao. Since then, many organizations on the island have received the prestigious prize.

The dedicated OCTA Innovation project is helping OCTs in their sustainable growth through innovation, by providing support to OCTs in establishing their innovation strategy, execution of the strategy, raising awareness on innovation, providing technical assistance and implementation of the action plans.

With the help of the OCTA Innovation project, Curaçao has developed an Innovation Strategy based on consensus which was approved by the Council of Ministers January 6th, 2016. This has raised innovation on the public/policy agenda of Curaçao. Innovation is no longer considered an alternative, but rather one of the main conditions for sustainable economic growth and wealth creation. Innovation is part of the long term economic strategy of Curaçao which in turn is derived from the National Development Plan of the island. Innovation is spurred among key stakeholders, enterprises, education institutes and public institutions.

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Street Art Skalo – BIC Award nominee

Street Art Skalo – BIC Award nominee

 

This highly creative project, nominated for an OCTA Innovation BIC Award, is all about turning the Scharloo Abou, home of Creative Lab Curaçao, into a space where the island’s creativity can flourish. Both local and international artists will use the 30-40 available walls, parks and street locations as their canvas to make murals, installations and sculptures. The overall message of Street Art Skalo is that art and creativity have entrepreneurial and economic value and bring people together in social activity. The innovative project is also organising events such as a kids’ workshop to be held in 2017. Fundashon Rebiba Skalo Abou and Creative Lab Curaçao represented by Marcel Dennert, Nicole van Beusekom, Sander van Beusekom, Gonneke van den Kieboom are the project’s initiators.

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Curaçao Innovation Award – BIC Award nominee

Curaçao Innovation Award – BIC Award nominee

 

The Curaçao Innovation Award has itself been nominated to receive an OCTA Innovation BIC Award. Granted annually by Curaçao’s Innovation and Technology Institute, the Curaçao Innovation Award is an inspiration for innovation. It draws attention to the business or organisation whose recent innovation has added most value to Curaçao’s economy and/or society. “The winner is not only innovative for its own purpose, but also forms a source of inspiration and an incentive for others to innovate,” reads the award’s website. There are also also categories acknowledging Business Innovation, Junior Innovation, Social Innovation and Sustainable Innovation as well as a People’s Choice Award.

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Curaçao Film Institute Signs Historic MOU With Fabien Cousteau

Curaçao Film Institute Signs Historic MOU With Fabien Cousteau

WILLEMSTAD – In its efforts to develop the local film, television, and digital media industry the Curaçao Film Institute (CFI) has signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the renowned filmmaker and ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau to bring his oceanographic institute, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (OLC), to Curaçao.

Fabien Cousteau’s grandfather was the world-famous ocean explorer, filmmaker and conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, inventor of the first aqualung and high-pressure underwater camera. Following in his family’s footsteps, Fabien has launched several exploration missions in order to conserve marine ecosystems. He has produced the CBS documentary Shark: Mind of a Demon and participated in PBS’ Ocean Adventures TV series. In June 2014, he descended off the coast of The Florida Keys to begin Mission 31 with the goal of surpassing his grandfather’s record of spending 30 days underwater to pay homage to his role model. After 31 days of underwater research, Fabien surpassed his grandfather’s record and managed to collect years worth of data in his time underwater. This experience led Fabien Cousteau to establish the Ocean Learning Center to raise awareness, educate, and inform all citizens of the world of ways to protect and preserve the planet’s waters and endangered marine habitats and marine life.

The Curaçao Film Institute, Fabien Cousteau, and Relativity Education have agreed to develop the Fabien Cousteau OLC Underwater Cinematography Program at the Relativity School Curaçao branch campus. Students in this program will have the exclusive opportunity to study the art of underwater filmmaking through the guidance of Fabien Cousteau. They will also have the chance to work on projects such as documenting OLC programs, generating visual content for both marketing and educational purposes, and collaborating on exciting documentary films that Fabien Cousteau is developing.

By utilizing the natural habitat surrounding the island, CFI believes that the combination of the Fabien Cousteau brand, the underwater cinematography school, and CFI’s planned above- and underwater studios, will firmly guarantee Curaçao’s place as an international leader in underwater media production.

(Curaçao Chronicle, Oct 21st, 2016)

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Curaçao’s Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference is a fact!

Curaçao’s Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference is a fact!

Curaçao organized the first edition of ‘Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference’ from October 19 up to 22, 2016.

The conference is a continuation to the ‘Innovate your Business Now’ Innovation seminar for SME’s in Curaçao which was organized earlier this year in on March 23, 2016.

During the ‘Innovate your Business Now’ seminar in March several speakers from the Netherlands and the Caribbean region that have successfully applied innovation in their business (smart, creative and green) got the opportunity to share their story with around 200 participants. In the end, the participants indicated that they would like to hear more stories from local entrepreneurs and also receive more practical information that would help them innovate their business.

As a result, the organizing team came with a 3 full day business conference containing inspiring local and international keynotes in the morning, enlightening workshops in the afternoon and exciting networking events in the evening addressing the theme: Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate. The goal of the conference is to stimulate entrepreneurs of local SME’s and aspiring young entrepreneurs to be more innovative and also grow their business. Another objective is to promote more cooperation between the different stakeholders and connect initiatives.

The platform behind ‘Connecting the Dots’ consists of the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao, University of Curaçao, Curaçao Technology and Innovation Institute, Startup Curaçao, Curaçao Investment & Export Promotion Agency, National Platform for Youth Development and the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Willemstad.

The opening night of the conference and networking event themed “Our biggest screw ups” started with a bang and you could feel the level of excitement increase as the speakers shared their stories of failure in their entrepreneurial journey with the public. After the eloquent speech by the Minister of Economic Development, 3 local entrepreneurs each with a different story shared their lessons learned from passed mistakes in order to prevent others from making the same errors.

The following days of Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate featured surprisingly great speakers such as the local entrepreneur Ana Freitas Frias from Integra Natural, interactive workshops, creative processes (‘Effectual Idea Lab’ networking event), bonding (creation of a community), new topics like setting up a tech business, fintech, trends and trend watching, challenger marketing, wonderful examples of determination, execution and acceleration (Curaloe, ATECH), dialogue on the creative sector and food industry and new insights and tips like, how every successful entrepreneur needs a ‘hacker’, ‘hipster’ and ‘hustler’ (by Oscar Kneppers).

Curaçao looks back at a wonderful conference with great potential for further development.

For more information visit: www.connectingthedots.cw or https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingthedotsCuracao/

 

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Three new products to the market in Curaçao

Three new products to the market in Curaçao

Curaçao wants to develop accelerated support to entrepreneurs with bright ideas (start-ups and existing SME’s) in bringing a new product or service (concept) developed and produced in Curaçao to the local market.

It is projected that a total of three new products will be developed, produced and marketed during 18 months. This idea will contribute to import substitution, employment and eventually export. Curaçao will also learn from experiences how to better provide future support programs for SME’s and innovation.

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