U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Hosts Caribbean Startup Summit Compeition Reception

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, with TEN Habitat representatives, Selwyn Cambridge (extreme right) and Belle Holder (extreme left) and Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition Winners

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela hosted a reception in honor of the winners of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition.  During the event, the twenty (20) entrepreneurs from the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were given the opportunity to interact with non-governmental organization representatives, U.S. Department of State Exchange program alumni, and speakers of the TEN Habitat’s Caribbean StartUp Summit.

In her remarks, Ambassador Taglialatela encouraged the entrepreneurs to “be part of the greater effort of promoting sustainable economic growth in the region.” She commended TEN Habitat for their work in providing support for entrepreneurs. Reception attendees were also treated to the melodic tunes of saxophonist, Akeem Burke.

The Caribbean StartUp Summit competition held in March of this year granted entrepreneurs in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean all access passes to TEN Habitat’s Caribbean StartUp Summit, being held in Barbados on May 24 and 25.  The Embassy funded the entrepreneurs’ participation in the summit, including airfare and hotel accommodation and transportation in Barbados.

The Caribbean Startup Summit is TEN Habitat’s flagship annual event, which brings together a global team of startup experts, founders and entrepreneur resource providers to help empower startups in the region.

The Embassy’s partnership with TEN Habitat is part of the U.S. Government’s effort of promoting sustainable regional economic growth.