Open Now: The #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge

The #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge is an annual initiative organised by 24-year-old social entrepreneur Adam Bradford.


The challenge itself is open to young people aged 18-29 years old who have a new business idea they would like to launch.


The competition rewards one young person each year up to £1000 as a cash grant towards their start up, business mentoring support and unparalleled access to networks and media opportunities.

DEADLINE: July 31st 2017


Adam is autistic & started his first business in his hometown of Sheffield aged 14 through a local school enterprise competition. He believes passionately in the power of entrepreneurship to unlock talent and help young people become resilient, self-sustaining citizens who can do good in the world.

Start your application here 


Agroalimentaria 2017: CaribExport calls for Expressions of Interest

Agency: Caribbean Export Development Agency

Value: exhibition space, one airline ticket (round trip) per company, accommodation for a maximum of 4 nights.

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries: Antigua and Berbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago

Field: Food, Technology, Health & Wellness

Deadline:March 30th, 2017


The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), under the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), will be assisting CARIFORUM exporters interested in participating in Agroalimentaria 2017.


Firms must:

  • Be a Registered Company  or Business Name in the selected CARIFORUM country
  • Be in operation for at least two years
  • Demonstrate business growth and profitability
  • Have sufficient financial and human resources to secure orders
  • Comply with relevant international standards (if applicable)
  • Have sound financing to support follow up activities
  • Demonstrate awareness about market conditions in the intended export market(s)


Agroalimentaria provides a unique opportunity for food, tobacco, and beverage firms to showcase their products to international buyers. The 6th edition of Agroalimentaria will be held on May 18th -20th, 2017 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is organized by the Dominican Agroindustry Board (JAD) and the Dominican trade and investment promotion office (CEI-RD).

Products will be exhibited by thematic areas:

  • Organic and Fair Trade
  • Gourmet
  • Health and Wellness
  • Technology and Services
  • Agribusiness Suppliers

Interested companies must complete the Expression of Interest Application Form and submit all required documentation to Caribbean Export.

Submissions must be addressed electronically to  copied to no later than 16:00hours D.R. time on Mar 30th 2017

All applications are subject to approval of acceptance by a Selection Committee and space availability. For more information on Agroalimentaria 2017, please visit:

Download the Application Form

Call for Proposals: Commodity Development in Developing Countries

Agency: Common Fund for Commodities

Theme: Support of business activities in commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in developing countries

Value: Maximum 50% of the total amount required to execute the project

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries: Argentina, Brazil,  Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala,  Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica,  Nicaragua, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago,  Venezuela

Field: Business Activities

Deadline: 30 April 2017



The CFC provides a range of financial instruments in support of business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries that, besides giving a sound financial return, also deliver a measurable social and environmental impact.

CFC is seeking applications to support organizations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains in its member countries.

Focal Objectives

  • Social: Create employment, provide sustained increase in household incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
  • Economic: Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition; improve competitiveness of producers, producer organisations and small and medium sized industries, support the financial sector development.
  • Environmental: Enhance production taking into account the environment and its long term possibilities for the same, or increased use of productive resources while maintaining or reducing the impact on the environment

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible entities include all legal public and private entities that:

  • operate in commodity value chains in CFC member countries or provide financial services to micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in these value chains,
  • have a proven relevant track record of sound commercial operations in the proposed activities over a period of at least 3 years, which can be documented by means of (audited) financial statements, and
  • share CFC’s values, including internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact.

For more information, see here Common Fund for Commodities.

Investors seeking to Fund Caribbean Businesses

The Trident Angels Investment Network operating out of Barbados has opened its annual call for proposals. The Network is seeking entrepreneurs in need of financing to grow their business.

Deals are negotiated independently by the investors and entrepreneurs on a deal-by-deal basis and  applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



Interested entrepreneurs that meet the investment criteria  should complete application forms available here (TA-ApplicationForm-2017) and submit their application to:

Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative Grant open to the Caribbean & Latin America

Agency: Microsoft Corporation

Theme: Supporting & scaling innovative businesses that help bridge the digital divide

Eligible Caribbean & Latin America Countries: ALL

Field: Information & Communication Technology

Deadline: 31st January 2017



The Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative Grant Fund seeks to support, grow and scale innovative businesses that are developing technologies and business models that have the potential to help billions more people affordably get online.

Areas of interest include:

  • last mile access technologies
  • off-grid renewable energy solutions
  • alternative payment mechanisms
  • verticals such as healthcare, education, and agriculture.


Applicants must:

  • Be a commercial organization with two or more full-time employees (we will not accept applications from non-profits, government agencies, or academic institutions)
  • Have a working solution and paying customers
  • Demonstrate potential to scale to new markets
  • Be free of any legal or regulatory encumbrances

Proposed Solutions should

  • Leverage low-cost forms of last-mile internet connectivity, off-grid energy solutions, and/or alternative payment mechanisms
  • Demonstrate innovative approaches to utilizing and/or selling cloud services

For further details or to apply visit here 

FundriseHer Grant for Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs

Agency: FundRiseHER

Value: $10,000 – $25,000

Eligible Caribbean Countries: All Caribbean Countries

Deadline: 31st December 2016


Overview: FundRiseHER™ is a crowdfunded Grant Fund designed as an enabler for women entrepreneurs who own 50% or more of their companies and who aspire to showcase their dynamic and forward-looking vision on the global stage. The grant allows women entrepreneurs to gain access to capital and to have the option to tap into the global networks of the Commonwealth to foster the scalability of their entrepreneurship endeavours.

Eligibility: Your business should be

  • A for profit business
  • A new initiative at the proof of concept stage.
  • under 2 years and pre-revenue.
  • established but you have a new initiative to grow and scale through new products, new customers and/or new markets.

The Evaluation Criteria will favour the funding of projects or ventures based on:

  • business scaling potential
  • job creation
  • bias towards climate change, tech, fintech, green initiative – other, and agroprocessing
  • % ownership by women

Find out more here

$30,000 Grants for ICT based Initiatives in the Caribbean

FRIDA  is inviting applicants to apply for one of  three funding programs in order to contribute towards regional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

FRIDA Grants provide funding to support research projects and innovative initiatives that seek to explore the potential of information and communications technology for promoting the region’s social and economic development and Internet access.


  • FRIDA has $145,000 to support six projects.  Each project will receive between USD 20,000 and USD 30,000 in the form of non-reimbursable grants.
  •  Successful projects must be executed within a period of twelve months, which may be extended to fifteen.

All proposals must be in line with FRIDA’s areas of focus:

  • Technical innovation for Internet access and development
  • Internet and technologies for social inclusion, strengthening democracy and the exercise of rights and freedoms
  • Internet and technology for social and economic development


  • Applications will be accepted from teams representing
    • civil society organizations,
    • public and private universities,
    • government agencies
    •  private enterprises whose activities are in line with the program’s priorities.

Individual applications will not be accepted.

  • Applying organizations must be based in Latin America or the Caribbean.



Subvenciones IDRC:

  • Through the IDRC Grants, FRIDA deliver three financial support of US $ 25,000 each to initiatives that seek to explore new ideas, test prototypes and test potential new and innovative uses of ICT to promote development and access to internet.

Internet Society Grants:

  • Through the Internet Society Grants, FRIDA will provide support of between US $ 20,000 and US $ 30,000 to two initiatives. Projects should focus on security and resilience in relation to two of the main pillars of the Internet:
    • Managing names: through innovative approaches in DNSSEC that improve confidence in internet – based services.
    • Routing : exploring options for deploying secure routing protocols (RPKI and BGP) and traffic exchange activities.

For this grant, it will be required to projects that document the history behind its implementation. To this end, the selected projects will receive additional funding for the realization of a video communication summarizing results. One representative from each winning project will receive a trip and complete stay to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2016 to be held in Mexico.

Grants LACNIC: 

  • Through Grants LACNIC, FRIDA will provide US $ 20,000 to an initiative to address challenges in connection with the transition and deployment of IPv6 in the region.

Applicants must accompany the proposal with a budget and work schedule, and propose concrete processes for measuring impact


  • Deadline for early submissions*: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  • Final deadline for submitting project proposals: Friday, 13 May 2016


  • Interested applicants can complete their applications online
  • For FRIDA Grants, apply here.


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Expression of Interest: Participate in a Regional Market Access Capacity Building Programme

Caribbean Export would like to invite interested Food Safety Service Providers(including certification bodies) in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic to submit applications to participate in the first phase of the Regional Market Access Capacity Building Programme, Food Safety project.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is partnering with the European Union-African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Technical Barriers to Trade Programme (EU-ACP-TBT Programme) on the delivery of a comprehensive one-year programme aimed at up-skilling Food Safety Service Providers and Quality Assurance Managers from agro-processing companies in three CARIFORUM countries (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic).

The overall objectives of the project include:
  • Phase 1: To strengthen the technical capacity of 20 services providers in the field of food safety certification in the identified member states;
  • Phase 2: To strengthen the export capacity of 30 – 40 agro processing companies with the emphasis on food safety.

  • Participants must have at least 2 years’ experience in the provision of food safety management and certification services to private sector firms and must belong to the target group stated above;
  • Participants should be CARIFORUM nationals based in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic
  • Service Providers must have at least basic knowledge on food safety management systems (GMPs, HACCP and/or ISO22000)
  • Participants are expected to contribute in the training programmes and technical capacity building sessions (under the supervision of D’Appolonia S.p.A) for private sector firms identified in Phase 2 of this project.


 The aim of Phase 1 is to build a pool of competent service providers to provide training and technical services to private sector companies, including the companies to be trained under Phase 2.

The aim of Phase 2 is to build the export capacity of 30 – 40 private sector firms in the area of food safety management in order to increase exports to the US and EU markets.
The target group of this phase are service providers involved in food safety certification including:
  • Private Consultants
  • Standards Bureaus
  • Ministries of Health and Agriculture
  • Accredited Laboratories
  • Certification Bodies


Training and capacity building activities for service providers will be undertaken under the following 7 modules:

  • Module 1 – Traceability
  • Module 2 – Quality Management Systems
  • Module 3 – HACCP
  • Module 4 – EU Food Safety regulations
  • Module 5 – ISO 22000:2005
  • Module 6 – PAS 220
  • Module 7 – US Food Safety regulations
All modules will be delivered in English Training Programmes are tentatively expected to be delivered over the course of 5 days in each country as indicated:
Jamaica: May 30th – June 3rd
Dominican Republic: June 6th – 10th
Trinidad and Tobago: June 13th – 17th
Please see attached supporting documents for more information.Training Schedule
Interested persons must submit the online Expression of Interest no later than May 1, 2016 at 4:30pm Barbados Time
All participation is subject to approval from Caribbean Export.

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global programme to empower young entrepreneurs to create a sustainable world. The competition is organized by: Digital Experts United, Goi Peace Foundation and Siftung Entrepreneurship company and supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets address the most important social, economic, environmental, health and governance challenges of our time.

Young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


1. You are between the ages of 15 and 35


2. You have an innovative idea for an enterprise which contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your community, such as:

  • Goal 1: No Poverty – End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4: Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities – Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13: Climate Action – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15: Life on Land – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

OR, You are operating such an enterprise in the form of a business, a non-profit organization or an informal program. All entries must be in English.


Register online and create your account.  An email confirmation will be sent to you.

Go to Submit an idea! or Submit a project! Fill out and submit the preliminary entry form.




Business opportunity for Caribbean Fashion, Fabric & Yarn Creatives

GlobeIn, a California based creative company is looking for practical artisanal lifestyle products that would be appealing to average American female consumer.

GlobeIn provides curated Artisan Boxes featuring exclusive, handcrafted products from global artisans. The company is dedicated to supporting artisans from around the world and in developing countries where, after agriculture, artisan goods are the second largest source of employment.


Key requirements are that the products be

  • produced sustainably in any country except United States,
  • fairly traded in principle (no certification necessary), and have stories that we could share with our customers.

Food products may be submitted as well, however they would have to be artisanal and non-perishable.


To apply to this opportunity, please send any evidence to the contact e-mail address indicating that you can satisfy the following requirements:

  • Has a story behind it, example: GlobeIn’s Signature Handwoven Basket
  • Produced in any country except United States
  • Produced sustainably, fairly traded in principle (has a social mission), has an artisanal component
  • No certification necessary
  • Has to fit into a 11x8x6 inch box (unless it is flexible/foldable), wholesale price is under $5, practical for women in United States
  • If food – needs FDA approval and appropriate packaging for US retail. Has to be artisanal and non-perishable.
  • Practical and functional, for everyday use.
  • Retail price is 3 times the wholesale price

Contact via 


+1 (415) 294-1490



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