BRADES, Montserrat – Two Montserratian startups have been included in SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015.
This is the first year that the online blog focused on Caribbean technology education is publishing the list. Curator and Tech Evangelist Ingrid Riley said “the list of startups was chosen through a process of submissions by on-the-ground Caribbean tech community leaders, innovation hub managers and startup experts. We also looked at the winners of key Caribbean wide competitions and of course there were a number of wild cards that we discovered.”
The list is made up of startups based in the region and startups headed and co-founded by Caribbean nationals around the world. The maturity of the startups vary, from companies already in the market, to those in public beta and others with compelling prototypes.
“The list represents what Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs are thinking and some of the problems they are seeking to solve. Additionally, based on current and developing trends in the growth of the Caribbean’s Startup Ecosystem, we expect to see, more Caribbean startups overall over the next 3-5years, with a number of global contenders among them. As a result, this list is a snapshot of where things are now and a glimpse of the region’s bright future,” added Riley.
On the list is eVisa (MOVA), an electronic visa application system which provides approval on requests within 24 hours. It also allows the government to collect revenue directly via credit card payments and eliminates the current practices of using consulates in various parts of the world which can take weeks and also does not provide local income. This product is from Lavabits a software development firm based in Montserrat.
Talypso is a voting software which cuts the wait time for results at cultural competitions such as calypso, soca and pageants. It gives real time information on a leader board as the show progresses and results can be announced within 20 minutes of the competitions ending. The team have also developed a Government document system which allows various departments to work on the same project and share documents while maintaining security. Talypso is a product of a Software startup Rovika, run by Manish Valeccha and Dennison Daley.
The Caribbean Tech Startups span the sectors of Internet of Things, eLearning, Online Media, Mobile Gaming, Mobile Surveys, eAgriculture, eHealth, Social Shopping and more.
See the full list at www.siliconcaribe.com.
Publicist: Nerissa Golden, Goldenmedia