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Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs Business Plan Competition -The Results are in!

Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs Business Plan Competition -The Results are in!

OECS Media Release

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are pleased to announce that nine green start-ups have been selected to receive US$10,000 each in seed grants after successfully participating in the first Greenpreneurs Business Plan Competition held in the region. The competition is a culmination of a 12-week green business incubator training, which is part of the Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs Incubator programme.

The Incubator programme was designed to support green enterprises through virtual training based on the social lean canvas methodology and by providing mentorship and networking opportunities. 

Green Businesses are considered those offering services and products that support the achievement of environmental/social goals in the country. These include:

  • selling products that offset or reduce imports;
  • selling sustainable/renewable energy or energy efficiency products, services, or equipment;
  • farms or food production businesses that use organic or regenerative agriculture techniques;
  • businesses that reduce energy use or use renewable energy, reduce water use, reduce waste (such as recycling businesses or those that source re-used or local materials), or protect or conserve natural landscapes, address social issues (support vulnerable populations like youth, women, the disabled, reduce inequality/poverty etc. ), or increase resilience to climate change (storm-resistant buildings and infrastructure, increased ability recover from storms/flooding, etc.).

The Business Plan Competition provided green startups the opportunity to demonstrate their growth through the Incubator Programme and to compete for grant awards. Beyond the funding, the competition is an opportunity for startups to showcase their business idea and gain experience in compiling their green business plans and pitch decks. Fifteen entrepreneurs participated in the competition and the top nine were selected by the judges.

The competition was judged by an esteemed panel of business and sustainable development experts from across the Caribbean region. Each entrepreneur was evaluated on five criteria:  Business Pitch (Video Pitch & Pitch Deck), Social Lean Canvas Business Plan, Financial Model, Theory of Change, and Greenpreneur Learning. 

To be eligible to participate in the competition, each entrepreneur was required to be a participant of the Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs Incubator cohort for 2021. Additionally, applicants must have submitted 80% of the required training assignments, and participated in the required mentorship sessions in addition to completing the visibility requirements of the programme. 

A virtual awards ceremony was held on June 15th 2022 to recognise the participants and grant winners of the programme. Special recognition was given to the winner of the best business plan and best video pitch categories. These distinctions were copped by Ms.  Anja Fernand, the founder, and vice president of Food Harmony Incorporated a Saint Lucian based startup. 

The Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs programme was launched in 2021 and is being implemented by the Global Green Growth Institute in collaboration with the OECS Commission with funding from the Qatar Fund for Development. 

Applications will soon be opened for startups to apply to participate in the second cohort. 

List of Grant Awardees:

Alisha Ally Communications Specialist, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Kwesi Roberts Technical Specialist –Entrepreneurship Development, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Kristin Deason, Ph.D. Caribbean Representative, Green Growth Planning and Implementation, Global Green Growth Institute
OECS Communications Unit Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States




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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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