Trini wins top prize in OECS-Republic Bank Business Model Competition
Trinidad and Tobago national Jodi White has been named as the winner of the inaugural Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Republic Bank Business Model Competition.
White beat out eight competitors in a Pitch Battle that was judged by Daymond John, Star of ABC's Shark Tank & CEO of the Shark Group.
The Competition is a strategic initiative of the OECS Sustainable Development Movement designed to strengthen entrepreneurship in the Caribbean through capacity building, access to investors and leveraging opportunities.
White won a US$20,000 first place prize.
His business, Slimdown360, turns root crop such as sweet potatoes and cassava into gluten-free pasta, flour and prepared meals.
Slimdown360's customers are largely overseas. The company's products were recently selected as Amazon's Choice in the Paleo category of the Amazon website.
Coming in second was Antigua and Barbuda’s Trevaun Solomon.
His business, Project Jaguar: The Home of The Teacherpreneur, is an online two-sided marketplace that enables educators to create, go-to-market, and teach guided online courses as teacherpreneurs.
He won US$10,000.
Alex Straun from St Kitts and Nevis took home the US$5000 third place prize.
His business Genesis Payment Systems Inc is a company that fosters community empowerment through financial technology (FinTech).
Straun created Genesis Payment Systems Inc after he noted a rise in cash related robberies and concerns with spiralling bank fees.
The project allows customers to send and receive cash, sell their products online and pay employees