Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition

Competition Sponsors

The “TEN Habitat – The Caribbean Summit” is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Description of Contest Objectives

The Caribbean Startup Summit is TEN Habitat’s flagship annual event. The summit will be held in Barbados on May 24 and 25, 2019.  It brings together a global team of startup experts, founders and entrepreneur resource providers to help empower startups in the region.  It’s the event built to inspire dreamers and empower ideas.  TEN Habitat is the response to a growing need for a more inclusive approach to how Caribbean startups are supported and funded.  TEN Habitat focuses on developing investor-ready startups by exposing them to a range of hands-on support that is all about building businesses.  U.S. Embassy Bridgetown supports entrepreneurship in the Eastern Caribbean and wants to send two entrepreneurs from each island in our area of our responsibility to the summit.

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to announce its “Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition”, which is open to persons in the Eastern Caribbean between 25 – 35 years. The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is committed to empowering business and social entrepreneurs with the training, tools, networks and resources required to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in their home countries.

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown will be hosting this competition in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Participants will have the opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to Barbados with an all access pass to attend the two-day summit.  Winners will be required to travel from May 23 – 26, 2019.

Persons between the age of 25 and 35 are invited to submit a short video about their business and why attending the summit will benefit them and their business.


Events from this contest will be announced and promoted on various Social Media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, but contest entry and administration will take place through direct e-mail.  Contest winners will also be announced on  Facebook, Twitter, and via local press; however Facebook and Twitter are not partners or sponsors of the contest

How to Enter

The contestant may only submit their video entry as an attachment to the Public Affairs Section at The contestant should also include the following information in the email: (i) First and Last Name, (ii) Birth Date, (iii) Contact Information (phone number & e-mail address), and (iv) Country of Citizenship.  Once submitted, the video is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced.  Individual contestants may submit no more than one video. Participation in this contest is automatically deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules.  A submission must be the original work of the contestant.

The competition opens on Friday, March 1, and entries must be submitted on or before Sunday, March 17, 2019. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Official Contest Rules (PDF 524KB)
Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition Flyer (PDF 1.6MB)