Curaçao start-ups getting ‘knowledge’, ‘technology’ and ‘support’ vouchers.

Curaçao start-ups getting ‘knowledge’, ‘technology’ and ‘support’ vouchers.

Curaçao pilot project Start up Launchpad, offers businesses in the start-up stage a chance to participate and win Technology, Knowledge and Support vouchers to invest in their company.

Start up Launchpad program consists of 4 rounds of intensive coaching and support. Each round is concluded with a ‘pitch competition’, determining who will continue to the next round. 15 entrepreneurs were selected to participate in the first round of the Startup Launchpad. These 15 entrepreneurs presented their results in front of a jury and a live audience.

The top five gained a place in the second round of the Startup Launchpad program and the opportunity to invest up to ANG. 20.000 in their business:

  • HQ Rental: Ries van Lommel
  • CamBackup: Royendgel Silberie
  • ADG Consultancy: Ariadne Flores Sophia
  • Fresh Habits: Giancarlo da Costa
  • Curacao Agro Tech: Alex van Sprang.

The winner of the final round of competitions will get the chance to compete on an international level.

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Les cantines à l’unisson en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Les cantines à l’unisson en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Dans le cadre du projet pilote “Recettes bénéfiques”, le deuxième volet de l’opération « Cantines à l’unisson » s’est déroulé le 1er juin. 26 établissements scolaires des trois provinces disputaient ce “concours” de menus. Avec autant de chefs à la baguette, chaque cantine a établi son propre repas. À base de produits locaux.

Pour rappel la première édition des “Cantines à l’unisson” avait rassemblé 16 cantines pour produire un menu commun, composé de 100% de produits locaux.

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Proud to cooperate on the Statia Blue project

Proud to cooperate on the Statia Blue project

Together with its local partner Sint Eustatius Foundation (SEF), Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute – CNSI – initiated an, even for global standards, highly innovative project for developing sustainable fisheries, particularly for Sint Eustatius and (small) Caribbean islands: the OCTA Innovation pilot project Statia Blue.
CNSI continues to monitor the vulnerable ecosystems of St. Eustatius coordinated by the Data Monitoring Officer (DMO). Coral reef surveys are conducted in collaboration with St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA) using the Global coral reef monitoring network (GCRMN) protocol. Data on the island’s fisheries are collected and assessed by the DMO with plans to automate data collection using a mobile application under the OCTA Innovation pilot project Statia Blue. The aim is to create sustainable practices for Statia’s fisheries while putting the fish buyers in touch with the suppliers on a “real-time” basis.
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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #20-2018 – Innovation indicators

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #20-2018 – Innovation indicators

We are very pleased having on board another high-quality short-term expert from Trinidad-and-Tobago. We invite you to consider your need for Monitoring and Evaluation support, which will include on-site missions from Allison Francis. Allison is very experienced in Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects; inclusive of the design and implementation of Results-Based Management Frameworks; for example Theories of Change and Results Chains; Starts ups and incubators; as well as Indicators of innovation for smaller and larger innovation projects such as those presented hereafter.

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Elaboration d’une carte d’e-formation adaptées aux perspectives de développement de Wallis-et-Futuna

Elaboration d’une carte d’e-formation adaptées aux perspectives de développement de Wallis-et-Futuna

Dans le but de faciliter l’intégration des jeunes sur le marché du travail, le gouvernement de Wallis et Futuna a compris qu’il est essentiel proposer une offre de formation en adéquation avec les besoins futurs de ses territoires. Le territoire des îles Wallis et Futuna, pleinement conscient que les difficultés de communication entre enseignants et étudiants et le manque de supervision peuvent être des freins à l’apprentissage, met en place un système d’apprentissage à trois piliers. Ce système d’apprentissage, qui s’appuie sur la combinaison des trois composantes d’enseignement en face-à-face, à distance/en ligne et par la pratique, s’adapte d’avantage aux caractéristiques et besoins spécifiques des PTOM.

La faiblesse économique locale rend difficile la mise en place des formations pratiques pourtant nécessaires pour disposer d’un apprentissage mixte à trois piliers. Ce frein, oblige le territoire à concevoir un système d’apprentissage proposant des formations à distance sur le territoire et en face à face pour certaines filières spécifiques et à envisager des partenariats et une collaboration avec les territoires voisins pour assurer une formation pratique et un apprentissage en faisant. Avec le raccordement au câble numérique TUI-SAMOA et l’arrivée du Très Haut Débit, le territoire des îles de Wallis et Futuna sera en mesure de multiplier et de diversifier l’offre de formation disponible grâce au e-learning et à l’e-formation.

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Preservation of Heritage/Built Culture in Anguilla and encouraging women involvement in the construction sector

Preservation of Heritage/Built Culture in Anguilla and encouraging women involvement in the construction sector

In Anguilla, a Small Innovation Project has been implemented to preserve the built culture and encourage women participation and inclusion in the construction sector. Both elements of this initiative fall within the construction sector. Both are encouraging OCTs to rethink how best is possible to preserve or rebuild buildings of historical or cultural significance and how to break free of conventional stereotypes that exclude women from employment in the construction sector.

The passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused a significant amount of damage to the built infrastructure of all OCTs affected. In Anguilla alone, more than 95% of the culturally significant buildings were completely destroyed or received varying degrees of damage rendering these structures unusable or unsafe. The built heritage is a defining factor of the region so is important to identify innovative ways to preserve it from climate change and its resulting effects.

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Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

Established by Friends of Montserrat in 1970 under The Montserrat National Trust Ordinance, the Montserrat National Trust is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) dedicated to the conservation and protection of the environment and the preservation of Montserrat’s Natural and Historic Heritage. Over the past years it has contributed significantly to the education and to the enhancement of the island’s beauty and Tourist attractions.

Thanks to the Small Innovation Project, the Montserrat National Trust gets assistance to establish Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism. The project will engage an Archaeologist expert in studying Amerindian Petroglyphs, explore, design and develop suitable trail access to the area to allow visitors access to the site and develop education and promotion programmes using research information on history petroglyphs, flora, and fauna of Montserrat and create materials specifically for the education and enjoyment of children, adults and visitors to Montserrat as books, brochures, workbooks, colouring books, worksheets, maps. On this way Montserrat should develop Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

EU, namely European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development is supporting Overseas Countries and Territories in developing and implementing innovation and creativity for islands’ sustainable growth. In that framework, EU is funding pilot innovation project called Statia Blue. Project is basically using the latest technologies to develop sustainable fishery. The idea behind a smartphone app that could transform the Caribbean fishing industry has been launched on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. When introduced as a test project later this year, the fishing App will link the supply of the local daily catch directly to the demand from the regional market.

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Statia Blue a smartphone app towards a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry

Statia Blue a smartphone app towards a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry

Currently EU is funding pilot innovation project called Statia Blue. Project is basically using the latest technologies to develop sustainable fishery. The idea behind a smartphone app that could transform the Caribbean fishing industry has been launched on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. When introduced as a test project later this year, the fishing App will link the supply of the local daily catch directly to the demand from the regional market. Dr. Teresa Leslie, Director of the St Eustatius Foundation who is managing EU funded innovation pilot project on the island comments: “Every fishermen on St. Eustatius has already agreed to use this technology. What is amazing is how the older the fishermen, the keener they are to use the technology. By owning the market process instead of being owned by the market, our fishermen in the region will ensure a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry.

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Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

StatiaBlue is an EU funded innovation pilot project in Sint Eustatius, where the beneficiary and cofounder is St Eustatius Fundation (SEF). Statia has suffered from the effects of two hurricanes during the project execution, but the project team headed by Dr. Teresa Leslie (SEF) is doing its best to catch the time and to deliver project on time. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (OCTA Innovation) and John Sandiford (Antonio Media) talk to local fisherman Reynaldo Redan about the issues related to development of the StatiaBlue fishing app.

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