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Making History Again!

Last year Entrepreneurs across borders made history as we brought together US based investors, Jamaican Leaders, and Entrepreneurs that resulted in some pretty astounding results. We called this historic event, Beyond the Beach.

We are going to make history again March 21, 22, & 23 at the luxurious Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Beyond the Beach 2 promises to be even more impactful.

This intimate, invitation only event will explore the ways that Caribbean Emerging Tech can be accelerated through cross border partnerships. You will find out how your network and experiences can give the Jamaican startup ecosystem the kind of boost it needs to become a world-class innovation leader.

You will learn about how the Caribbean Seed Fund is changing the way that Jamaica invests in seed stage companies. You will meet investible startup entrepreneurs. You will find out how your network and relationships can play a key role in developing nations like Jamaica.  

We call it Beyond the Beach because as our partner Ingrid Riley put it:

“Beyond The Beach is both an event as well as an intention. 
 We seek to support the repositioning of Jamaica and the Caribbean, beyond the typical perception of being solely a place where you come to get your groove back and your tan on, towards a Caribbean that is known as a place where Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Excellence lives, Beyond the Beach.    It’s also about how we carry out our mission in connecting Caribbean Entrepreneurs and Tech Talent to the opportunities of this Digital Age and to help them take full advantage of it.”       

     - Ingrid Riley, Founder SiliconCaribe, Kingston Beta & Co-founder Caribbean Seed Fund


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Event Agenda:
(subject to change)

>THURSDAY MARCH 21

Theme for the day: Who's in the Room and Why

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Reception Cocktails & Welcome Dinner 

Who’s in the Room & What’s our reason to be at Beyond the Beach

Beyond the Beach Origin Story & Guiding Philosophy 

Chris Cochran, Founder of Entrepreneurs Across Borders

Ingrid Riley, Founder Silicon Caribe

Martin Babinec, Founder of Entrepreneurs Across Borders and TriNet (NYSE: TNET)

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    > FRIDAY MARCH 22 

    Theme for the day: Ecosystem Support to Grow Scalable Businesses

    8:00 am - 9:00 am | Networking Welcome Breakfast 

    9:00 am - 9:45 am | Planters of Seeds

    Current Status of Jamaican Startup Ecosystem & a Caribbean Snapshot

    A Fireside Chat with Ecosystem builder Ingrid Riley, Founder of SiliconCaribe

    9:45 am - 10:30 am | The Need for Seed

    The Need for Seed: How a fund of active angels is the highest impact capital source for seed stage funding

    Ed Reitler: Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt and Founder of ARC Angle Fund NYC

    Progress update on launching the Caribbean Seed Fund

    Caribbean Seed Fund Leadership

    10:30 am - 11:00 am | Networking Coffee Break

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm | A Different Lense

    What Techstars Saw in Caribbean Entrepreneurs

    Melissa Pegus - Managing Director Techstars Atalanta & New Orleans 

    12:00 pm | Lunch

    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Ecosystem Growth Powered by Partnerships

    A Fireside Chat discussing how key partnerships can create opportunities in developing economies Crossing both institutional and geographic boundaries.

    Tastey Blackman, Head of Jampro's Technology Innovation District

    Chris Brown, Head of DBJ's Boosting Innovation Growth & Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (BIGEE) Programme

    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Done Deal: Stories of Success and Challenges of Venture-Backed Entrepreneurs Panel

    A Discussion with Jamaican Tech Entrepreneurs about there Startup and Fundraising Journey

    Jermaine Morgan & Rory Richards, Founders of Grocery List Jamaica

    Monique Powell, Founder QuickCart

    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Winning Strategies To Grow Revenue Beyond Borders

    Peter Dean, Founder of Rendertribe and host of The Founder's Journey Podcast

    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Break

    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Where Are They Now?

    A Conversation with the Caribbean tech entrepreneurs who pitched at last year's event

    Melissa Powell, CEO of POCMI

    Khary Sharpe, CEO of HeadOffice

    Yekini Wallen-Bryan, CEO of PreeLabs

    Kelly Bethel, CEO of Recess

    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Pitch Platform: A sampling of investable startups selected from EAB’s growing network

    Hosted by Ingrid Riley

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Break

    6:00 pm | Reflection & Networking Dinner

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    > Saturday (March 23)

    Theme for the day: Enabling Economic Self Sufficiency Through Entrepreneurship 

    8:00 am - 9:00 am | Networking Breakfast by the Beach

    9:00 am - 9:45 am | Navigating the Path to Economic Self-Sufficiency: Embracing Challenges and Opportunities

    Overview of what’s behind the high rates of poverty, unemployment and societal issues in underdeveloped economies - and initiatives targeted to enable economic self sufficiency.

    9:45 am - 10:30 am | Introducing EAB Connect: Platforms and Process to Build an Entrepreneur Pipeline

    A community platform to identify, curate and connect emerging entrepreneurs with the resources they need

    Chris Cochran & Food for the Poor

    10:30 am - 10:45 am | Break 

    10:45 am - 11:15 am |  Introducing EAB’s  Global Impact Network + Plans for Zion Entrepreneurial Village

    Martin Babinec -  Founder of Entrepreneurs Across Borders, Upstate Venture Connect and TriNet (NYSE: TNET)

    11:15 am - 12:00 pm | Needs and Leads

     An opportunity for attendees  to make an ask to the group + offer to help others by giving first!

    12:00 pm  - 1:30 pm | Closing Luncheon & Keynote speaker

    Closing Keynote - Ed Raine, President & CEO, Food For The Poor

    1:30 pm -  6:00 pm | Free time/Beach Time 

    6:00 pm | Closing Dinner for participants staying at Half Moon 


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