Monthly Archives: July 2011

5 Caribbean Startups are lined up to Pitch at Kingston BETA

The latter part of 2011 is starting to look even more exciting and it’s about time.

We’ve been hearing soon come, not quite ready from a number of quarters as developers, entrepreneurs huddle and hunker down to get their stuff ready for prime time online. So now we have 5 Caribbean Startups are lined up to Pitch at the Next Kingston BETA. They will share their why and how I did it stories and take audience questions.

Do you want to showcase your project, your startup at this Kingston BETA. Text your name, Brand and email address to 876 864 2440.

The next Kingston BETA event is on Thursday, July 28th at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at 6:30pm sharp.


Kingston BETA is on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals who wants to know how to use the Internet and Technology to start and grow a business. The Event brings together startups, entrepreneurs, investors, techies, webbies – the movers and shakers in the Caribbean Tech Community.

Kingston BETA is about entrepreneurs – aspiring, emerging and establishing.

Kingston BETA – Where Technology means Business.



Tufton pushing to double ICT jobs

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Investment and Commerce Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has embarked on a mission to double the number of jobs and investments in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in short order.

“We could more than double the capacity as it relates to the number of investors and the number of jobs that can be created within a relatively short space of time,” Dr Tufton commented.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Jamaica's Minister of Investment, Industry & Commerce

Noting that currently over 11,000 persons islandwide are employed in the sector, the investment and commerce minister expressed confidence that the expansion of facilities and marketing the sector to international investors, should result in the rapid growth of the sector.

Dr Tufton’s optimism over the growth in the sector is mostly based, among other factors, on reports that investors in the USA are seeking “investment locations that are closer to their market”.

“They are looking for investment location where they can find the personnel….human resources that are trainable and also an environment where they can be comfortable on all those variables. Jamaica offers an advantage and as a consequence we believe that we can romp up the production levels and the investment levels and see major expansion in terms of jobs,” an upbeat Dr Tufton argued.

The recently appointed investment and commerce minister was speaking to members of the media during a tour of Montego Bay Free Zone where he visited ICT facilities where over 4,000 persons are employed.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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Jamaica is ranked among the top 15 countries in the world with top broadband speeds

Jamaica is ranked among the top 15 countries in the world with top broadband speeds, chairman of Columbus Communications International, Brendan Paddick, has revealed.

“With Flow’s introduction of up to 100 megabits (per second) of internet speeds into Jamaican homes, I am proud to announce that Jamaica has now moved up the Information and Telecommunications Technology (ICT) ladder … ranking higher than places such as Canada, the United States and even the United Kingdom for broadband speeds,” he said. Columbus Communications International is the parent company of telecommunications entity, Flow.

Paddick was speaking at the launch of Flow’s Columbus Business Solutions, at the Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston, on March 16. “With this broadband infrastructure, Jamaica’s government is well positioned to meet its ambitious plans of universal access,” he said.set aggressive targets

The chairman was referring to the government’s mandate for Jamaica in terms of the ICT sector, as outlined in its 2030 Development Plan (Vision 2030 Jamaica). “They (the government) have set aggressive targets for Jamaica. They want a strong and competitive ICT sector with universal and open access to ICT with widely accessible and affordable networks all within an enabling environment. We are proud to be a significant piece of this very complex plan,” he said.

Paddick pointed out that Columbus Communications International has now invested over US$250 million in Jamaica, “and I promise you that this figure will maintain its forward momentum as we continue to unveil significant broadband developments in Jamaica in the coming years.” He noted that governments across the world, such as in Canada, Asia, France, the Netherlands, and other regions of Europe are spending billions of dollars to bring next-generation fibre-based networks, like the network Columbus has already delivered in Jamaica and the region, to their respective countries.

“Once broadband networks like those of Columbus are deployed, they instantly stimulate the economy by providing the country new business tools, by opening the door to ongoing business innovation and by supporting a wide range of multimedia consumer services that are the drivers of the 21st Century economy,” Paddick said.

Source: The Star News

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