[September 21, 2017- Port au Prince] Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) will launch a series of national digital accelerator programs next year and kicks off 2017 with Haiti. As the first and fastest growing digital accelerator in the world, GSE seeks 100 local and international innovators for the 2017 Haiti Digital Accelerator which will be facilitated by over 20 global speakers.
GSE digital accelerator programs are open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers. Each application round is rolling admission until the top 100 are selected to complete the program. From the finalist pool, 10 will be selected to pitch investors and influencers on demo day. The top 3 are announced at the conclusion of the program to receive partner prizes, media features, and potential investment.
The accelerator program grants access to GSE’s network which consists of the following:
Part 1 Startup Development: Our digital accelerator program covers GSE blueprint materials on ideation, product development, customer acquisition, fundraising, press hacking and more. These workshop topics are complemented with guest workshops and keynotes from local experts and international influencers. While only 10% of each cohort is selected for demo day, all participants are given the opportunity to participate in a Q/A forum with the judges.Part 2 Mentorship Development: Once founders complete the program- they are given access to ongoing startup development training from or mentor network throughout the year. This private forum also grants graduates the opportunity to network with founders from other GSE programs.Part 3 Progress & Investment: Companies are given the opportunity to submit updates on their companies 2x per year to receive access to investment and media opportunities.
Date: October 11-13, 2017Haiti Digital Startup Accelerator- Agenda3 days online from 6:30pm-9:30 pm EST Agenda Below: Day 1: Brand of A Nation: Haiti Innovation Revolution 6:30-7:00 GSE Program Introduction/ Orientation 7:00-7:15 President remarks/Prime Minister Remarks7:15-7:30 GSE History of Innovation in Haiti+ Haiti Diaspora (5 case study on celebrity entrepreneurs and local entrepreneurs)7:30-8:00 4 Speakers TBA- Remarks from 2 members of President Office/ 2 members from PM Office (5 minutes each)8:00-8:30 GSE Startup Boot Camp Part 1 - International resources for startups + "Entrepreneur, Engineer, Storyteller" Keynote 8:30-9:00 3 Speaker TBA (International)9:00-9:15 2 Speaker TBA (Local)9:15-9:30 Q/ADay 2: Build of A Nation: Haiti Startup Boot Camp 6:30-7:00 GSE Program Recap (GSE Haiti's Startup Landscape: Industries of Disruption)7:00-7:30 GSE Bootcamp Part 1: Ideation, Website, Product Development, Profile Registration7:30-8:00 3 Speakers TBA- Remarks from CFI, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Conatel (How to start a business in Haiti)8:00-8:30 GSE Startup Boot Camp Part 2 - Customer Acquisition + Pitching 8:30-9:00 3 Speaker TBA (International)9:00-9:15 2 Speaker TBA (Local)9:15-9:30 Q/ADay 3: 6:30-7:00 GSE Program Recap 7:00-7:30 3 Speaker TBA (International/local)7:30-8:00 GSE Startup Boot Camp Part 3: Press & Marketing + Funding8:00-9:00 Startup Top 10 Pitch Demo (featuring 10 companies in Haiti)9:00-9:30 Judge remarks + Q/A
This program is an initiative of the Global Startup Ecosystem-the founding organization of the 2017 Haiti Tech Summit which received 48 million impressions on social media with just 100 speakers and 500 attendees. We will return in 2018 and will follow up with a formal invitation for you to speak at this event in the upcoming months. DUE TO THE VOLUME OF MESSAGES- WE WILL NOT REPLY TO INQUIRIES REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION. PLEASE AWAIT DECISIONS ON OCTOBER 8.