Thursday 20 February, 2020

Barbadian app developer moves onto regional PitchIT finals

App developer, Phillip Belgrave, (right) with BCSI Executive Director Graham Clarke.

App developer, Phillip Belgrave, (right) with BCSI Executive Director Graham Clarke.

Barbadian Phillip Belgrave will join other start-up founders in St Kitts & Nevis from June 13 – June 17 for the Final PitchIT Caribbean Competition. 

Belgrave is the creator of Pocket Shop, a mobile app focused on connecting buyers directly with sellers throughout the Caribbean. 

He was one of the winners at the PitchIT Caribbean: PitchIT Battle hosted on May 13 by The Barbados Coalition of Service Industries in collaboration with the PitchIT Caribbean project at Hilton Barbados Resort.

The Barbados Coalition of Service Industries functions as the mobile invocation Hub (mHub) for Barbados under the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP). As such, it connects mobile app developers, entrepreneurs, industry players, angel and venture capitalists, national and regional governments and mentors – all players in the mobile technology ecosystem to position the Caribbean mobile apps sector as a global player.

The Mobile Innovation Hub also supported participants from regional territories. Consequently, the PitchIT Battle facilitated two participants from Suriname, two from Antigua and three from Barbados.

Belgrave was the winner of the Ideation category of the competition, where participants had developed an innovative business idea within the last six months and have no established business around the implementation or execution of the idea. 

He will be joined in St Kitts next month by the winner of the Early-Stage Phase of the competition, Elijah James, representing Antigua & Barbuda with The Local App. James described The Local App as an all-in-one application that allows users to stay connected with the latest in local information from around the world.

The second and third place participants from the Ideation phase were Dirk Agard with SHIFT and Vincent Polak with HelpMe2, respectively. In the Early-Stage segment of the competition Barbadian Heather Barker placed second with her app, Isle&Dine and coming in third was Evelyn Austin from Hermano Enterprises Inc.

Those in the Early-Stage category developed an innovative business idea within the last 18 months and have experienced early success as a result of achieving product-market fit.

Four industry professionals served as the judges for the PitchIt Battle: Dr. Colin Depradine, Dean of Science & Technology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill; Roger Hennis, Senior Manager at Deloitte Caribbean; Anne Bertrand, Management Consultant and Brian Linton, Chief Information Officer of Garnett Technologies. 

As part of the PitchIT Battle, participants underwent an intensive pre-accelerator training programme designed for entrepreneurs who seek to develop and grow their tech or tech-enabled business.

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