St. Lu­cian Philip Wells Makes Pitch IT 2016 Fi­nals

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Philip Wells, the en­tre­pre­neur be­hind the mo­bile app startup Par­ent Teacher Ad­vi­sor made the fi­nals of the PitchIT 2016, which was re­cently held in Trinidad & Tobago last week. The en­tre­pre­neur was one of 25 fi­nal­ists com­pet­ing for more than US$75,000 in cash and prizes through the chal­lenge or­ga­nized by the Caribbean Mo­bile In­no­va­tion Pro­ject (CMIP). PitchIT is a com­pe­ti­tion geared to­wards dis­cov­er­ing new startup and mo­bile app ideas from across the Caribbean. It is funded through EPIC; a World Bank Group and Govern­ment of Canada pro­gram to stim­u­late en­trepreneur­ship in the re­gion.

Philip noted “This was a very valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence, there are so many pos­i­tive things about the Pitchit ini­tia­tive. Pitchit has given Caribbean star­tups the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop the mo­bile app ecosys­tem with the best re­sources, it is all about work­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing with fel­low en­trepreneurs in the Caribbean.”

To date PitchIT has and con­tin­ues to sup­port over 50 Caribbean star­tups from An­tigua to Suri­name. En­trepreneurs are given ac­cess to the men­tors and trainers who have built suc­cess­ful star­tups in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“My take away from PitchIT is that we are not com­peti­tors. How­ever, we are en­trepreneurs work­ing, men­tor­ing, and col­lab­o­rat­ing to give back to our var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties. En­ter­ing a com­pe­ti­tion of this na­ture has given me the con­fi­dence that we can pro­duce apps which are needed. Mo­bile apps that are able to solve real prob­lems for us as a peo­ple, Philip commenetd”

Philip owns Sun­biztech In­vest­ment, which pro­vides ICT projects and con­sult­ing ser­vices. This was his sec­ond time mak­ing it into the PitchIT fi­nals. Last June Philip made the Caribbean’s Top 25 in Mon­tego Bay Ja­maica with F.A.R.M.S. This mo­bile apps con­nects farm­ers of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles to Hote­liers and Res­tau­rants.

Twenty-five fi­nal­ists from the Caribbean worked to rein­vent their ideas and early star­tups in a two-day boot camp be­fore pre­sent­ing their apps in front of a live au­di­ence and a panel of judges.

The even­tual win­ners were Kelly-Ann Bethel with SKED and D Car­ni­val Scene by Ayana St. Louis from Trinidad & Tobago; Quick­Plate by Monique Pow­ell and The In­ter­view JM by Danielle Tait from Ja­maica and Nerissa Golden with In­deTours from Montser­rat.

Philip Wells is the founder of an in­no­va­tive app with con­nects par­ents and early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors in real time through en­hanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tions.

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