St. Lucian Philip Wells Makes Pitch IT 2016 Finals
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.