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Dominica Mobile Application Developers to participate in Regional Mobile Startup Competition

first_img Share BusinessLocalNewsRegional Dominica Mobile Application Developers to participate in Regional Mobile Startup Competition by: – May 29, 2017 Share 109 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: Broadwave StudiosPress ReleaseFour (4) teams of mobile entrepreneurs from Dominica are part of the 25 finalist selected to participate in the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge 3.0 scheduled for June 13 – 17, 2017 in St. Kitts & Nevis.The finalists were selected from over 200 entries from across CARICOM, seeking partnerships, funding and even buyers for their enterprises, all competitors will pitch to a panel of judges and an audience of regional and global investors. The top 25 Startup for the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge 3.0 include 4 teams from Dominica, 3 teams from Barbados, 7 teams from Trinidad & Tobago, 7 teams from Jamaica, and one each from Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.The main objective of the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge is to identify the top 5 growth oriented mobile start ups in the Caribbean and to provide acceleration activity support for them. The 25 regional finalists will participate in a three-day boot camp that will prepare them to pitch in front of judges and investors and participate in an intense one-day pitch competition, for the chance to win a prize package valued at $15,000 USD, which includes $5,000 USD in seed funding, placement in a PitchIT Caribbean mHub business accelerator, all expense-paid trip to an international conferences or competitions as well as intense product development and investor readiness training. The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions (NTRC), the Dominica mobile hub for PitchIT Caribbean, has been working with eleven (11) mobile development startups from Dominica, Grenada and Guyana to provide an intense training course designed to get the entrepreneurs mobile application from idea to reality. Participation in this pre-accelerator program was completely free and provided the mobile entrepreneurs with the opportunity to gain startup funding.The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) has partnered with the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP) through UWI Consulting in 2016 to host a PitchIT Caribbean mobile hub (mHub) in Dominica. Technology entrepreneurs in Dominica have been able to enter PitchIT Caribbean via the Dominica mHub housed at the NTRC. The entrepreneurs welcomed into the program have been provided with access to a plethora of opportunities including technical, business and project management training, business incubation services, investment readiness boot-camps, mentoring and financial support. Throughout the process, emphasis is placed on real-world business-building, identifying key elements such as target markets and customers. This is the third cycle of the of the mobile startup pre accelerator training in Dominica hosted by the NTRC.Cycle 1 allowed for the NTRC to take one mobile startup company, LinkUp_ , founded by Daniel Pond and Irus Toussaint to Montego bay Jamaica to participate in the PitchIT Caribbean Startup Challenge. Cycle 2 culminated with the NTRC taking one mobile startup company, BuzzShop (founded by Curwin Breedy and Sade Samuel) to Trinidad and Tobago in December 2016 to participate in the PitchIT Challenge 2.0.Cycle 3 will culminate with largest contingent of mobile application entrepreneurs from Dominica participating in the PitchIT Carribean Challenge. The following teams from Dominica will participate in the PitchIT Challenge 3.0 in St. Kitts and Nevis:Lynck – Team Lead: Kharlen JervierOruh – Team Lead: Sade SamuelTect – Team Lead: Curwin BreedyCariFind – Team Lead: Austin LazarusPitchIT Caribbean is a program aimed at enhancing the mobile app development ecosystem across CARICOM. It is designed to accelerate mobile app entrepreneurs through the start-up life cycle, which runs from ideation to pitch, from pitch to market and from market to maturity. It currently supports 4 Hubs, one each in Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago.last_img read more

Sports Ministry backs Black Stars to win the AFCON title

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports believes they have provided enough motivation for the Black Stars to win the African cup of Nations title next month.Deputy Sports Minister Nii Nortey Duah in an interview with Joy Sports explains the team has been given enough money motivation to win the country’s first Nations Cup title in 30 years.“Government has provided the needed funds for their training, camping and the tournament so we have set them on a good pedestal for them to compete in the tournament and win it”. Said Nortey Duah.In a related development, President of the Ghana football association, Kwasi Nyantakyi has disclosed to JOY Sports each player of the team will make more than 100 thousand dollars if the title is won.last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball notebook: 10 blocks aside, height was an issue

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Perhaps it shouldn’t have been surprising that the Utah basketball team committed a season-high 23 turnovers in Saturday’s loss to Oregon State.After all, the Beavers have been forcing turnovers at a high rate all season and came into the game ranked third in the nation in steals with 10.1 per game.However against the Utes, the Beavers had a field day, getting 16 steals against the error-prone Utes with Joe Burton getting six and Jared Cunningham four. It made for a long day for the Utes, especially freshman point guard Kareem Storey, who had nine turnovers after getting just one Thursday night against Oregon.”We looked very scared and out of sorts,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, who was clearly unhappy with his team’s performance. “That’s a team that recruits to length in a 1-3-1 trap and it’s like a shark — if they get a little sniff of blood in the water it’s going to become magnified and that much harder to deal with.”Krystkowiak said his team was well aware of what they were facing with a 6-foot-9 player with a 7-foot wingspan in Devon Collier at the top of the 1-3-1 zone.”That’s where it starts and then there’s more and more length,” he said. “That’s the biggest team we’ve seen. There are some thoroughbreds out there with a lot of length and a lot of what they do is predicated on their pressure. They got a lot of deflections and took us out of what we wanted to do.”The Ute players said it was hard to practice for what they faced Saturday.”They had a lot of length and athleticism and that’s not something we can simulate too much in practice,” said Jason Washburn. “We had trouble executing, they bothered us a little bit and we didn’t do what we needed to do to make the right plays.””It was a struggle for us,” added Cedric Martin. “We had to attack them and bring them to us and find the open man and they’re really long. A lot of our turnovers came from that.”WASHBURN BLOCKS: There isn’t much positive in a game where you have five more turnovers than field goals, get outrebounded by nine and shoot just 40 percent from the field.Well, there were a couple of positive things Krystkowiak mentioned after Saturday’s loss.The most obvious was the eight blocked shots by Washburn, which doubled his career best of four. The eight blocks was third-best in Ute history, behind two games by David Foster in the 2009-10 season.The other was free throw shooting as the Utes made 17 of 22 for 77.3 percent for their second straight solid performance from the line.The Utes finished with 10 blocks on the night as Martin and George Matthews each came up with a block.Part of the reason for all the blocks was because the Beavers were driving to the basket all night, eschewing long shots for the most part.The Beavers didn’t make a single 3-pointer on the night in nine attempts, but did score 50 of their points in the paint.”They were driving and trying to go up on our guys and use their height on our guards,” said Washburn. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”Washburn admitted he was a little surprised to be credited with eight blocks, saying, “Yeah I was surprised at eight, but I’ll take it.””I thought he had a good presence and nice timing,” Krystkowiak said. “That was a bright spot for us around the rim.”email: [email protected]last_img read more

Craig Levein says Hearts can maintain Premiership top spot

first_img“We have lost Christophe (Berra), which obviously is a big blow. I would much rather have him available because his experience could be vital. “Hopefully we will get him back in December ready for the second half of the season.“I think we need to keep everybody fit, our best players in particular, and hopefully we can keep churning out results.”Levein believes there are two key differences in this season’s squad compared with the Hearts side that finished sixth in the Premiership last term. Craig Levein sees no reason why Hearts can’t remain top of the table well into the season.His side sit five points clear at the top of the Premiership after making a 100 per cent start and are on a run of eight wins in a row in all competitions.Hearts will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday against Livingston and Levein is eyeing a long stay at the summit. Asked if he could see his side being there at Easter, the manager of the month for August said: “I don’t see why not. He said: “We have a stronger squad, which keeps players on their toes.“When they look over at the bench, they know they need to do more or better to stay in the team. That’s a good weapon for a manager to have.“The other thing is I am certain this group of players is as hungry a team as I’ve worked with, which brings the intensity every day in training and in matches that you need to be successful.“You look through our squad and see young, hungry, ambitious players and also some senior pros who have been through just about everything football could throw at you, and their attitude is just as good as when they first stepped on the training ground as a teenager.“When I played here, we had those two things, and any good side I have had as a manager over the years has had those things.”With both Rangers and Celtic having European ties to contend with, the Hearts boss, who hasn’t decided whether he will be in the dugout on Saturday following recent health problems, believes fixture congestion could hand his side an advantage.He said: “There’s no doubt it does split your focus a bit when you’ve got a league game then an important European tie. “I hope they play each other in the final, I hope that’s how long they’re in it.”Of the challenge of Livingston, he added: “We have a tough game against Livingston who have won their last three matches. “I think that’s a warning in itself that we cannot afford to go into that match other than being 100 per cent focused on our jobs.”last_img read more