Tech Beach’s TBR Lab to benefit Caribbean firms
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton, Co-Founder of Tech Beach Inc.
Large corporates, governments and startups in the region are poised to benefit from the purpose-built curricula of Tech Beach’s 2021 TBR Lab designed to drive innovation in organisations - through learning, development and direct connections to local and global companies with the resources necessary to foster the digital shift in the Caribbean.
Tech Beach’s new venture, TBR Lab, evolved from the entity’s annual series of events in the Caribbean and North America called Tech Beach Retreat (TBR).
The programme will provide some USD$500,000 in value to be allocated to each participating tech startup based in Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and direct access to insights from the best minds in the world as well as collaboration opportunities for corporates and governments.
Tech Entrepreneurs Kyle Maloney and Kirk-Anthony Hamilton, co-founders of Tech Beach Inc, have embarked on this and other massive plans for Tech Beach, a technological ecosystem which connects people and organisations to position partnerships with approximately 60 globally recognised companies.
This, to mobilise a tech movement of sorts to challenge the status quo and empower businesses in Jamaica and the region for the new digital economy - with the focus on learning, development and deep access resources.
“The TBR network has become even more relevant during this time. Based on the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19, large organisations are looking more to tech companies and innovative start-ups to assist in helping them shape the new digital economy and also as a means of diversifying their existing operations,” explained Hamilton.
Tech Beach and its founding partners, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Toronto based, DMZ, and an almost 50-member strong TBR Lab Advisory Board, remain the driving force behind the network’s varied projects.
TBR’s programmes grant participants access to a unique and diversified community of successful tech entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 corporate executives, influencers, professionals, advisors, partners and technological talent. TBR Lab comprises entrepreneurs, corporate innovators and government which are coordinated through Accelerators - designed to equip organizations including startups in the region with the access and resources they need, to significantly propel their growth trajectory. Partners include the likes of Google Launchpad, Shopify, Hubspot, Stripe and Amazon Web Services.
“Networking can be tough even in normal times, but today's remote world adds a whole new set of challenges. As businesses adapt to the new reality of remote work brought on by the pandemic, so too will we adapt the social behaviours that enable us to stay in touch and forge new relationships with co-workers, partners, customers, and potential clients,” shared Hamilton.
Additionally, the team developed technology boot camps geared toward equipping people and organisations with the technical skills, relationships and tools they need to accelerate growth in the digital economy.
“We have built an active community with Tech Beach Retreat, providing a nexus for the global tech ecosystem to connect the best companies and minds in the world with undiscovered talent and opportunities, for a more inclusive future,” Hamilton added.
Tech Beach operates in the Caribbean with a primary focus on the largest economies in the region. TechBeach Retreat is a Powerful Technology Ecosystem, connecting people and organizations positioning to evolve through technology, with the skills, resources, opportunities and leadership to help them solve big problems and accelerate their transformation. The multi-medium platforms including summits bridge people and organizations positioned to evolve through technology with the roadmap, resources and skills to help them excel. The company is focused on building gateways that yield increased investment, partnership and mentorship spurring an entrepreneurship and innovation revolution.