Haiti To Launch the World’s First National Digital Accelerator

[December 1, 2017- Port au Prince] Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE)  will launch a series of national digital accelerator programs next year and kicks off 2017 with Haiti.  As the first and fastest growing digital accelerator in the world, GSE seeks 100 local and international innovators for the 2017 Haiti Digital Accelerator which will be facilitated by over 20 global speakers.

GSE digital accelerator programs are open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers. Each application round is rolling admission until the top 100 are selected to complete the program. From the finalist pool, 10 will be selected to pitch investors and influencers on demo day. The top 3 are announced at the conclusion of the program to receive partner prizes, media features, and potential investment.

The accelerator program grants access to GSE’s network which consists of the following:

  • Part 1 Startup Development: Our digital accelerator program covers GSE blueprint materials on ideation, product development, customer acquisition, fundraising, press hacking and more. These workshop topics are complemented with guest workshops and keynotes from local experts and international influencers. While only 10% of each cohort is selected for demo day, all participants are given the opportunity to participate in a Q/A forum with the judges.
  • Part 2 Mentorship Development: Once founders complete the program- they are given access to ongoing startup development training from or mentor network throughout the year. This private forum also grants graduates the opportunity to network with founders from other GSE programs.
  • Part 3 Progress & Investment: Companies are given the opportunity to submit updates on their companies 2x per year to receive access to investment and media opportunities.
Date: TBA
Haiti Digital Startup Accelerator- Agenda
  • 3 days online from 6:30pm-9:30 pm EST Agenda Below: 
  • Day 1: Brand of A Nation: Haiti Innovation Revolution 
    • 6:30-7:00 GSE Program Introduction/ Orientation 
    • 7:00-7:15 President remarks/Prime Minister Remarks
    • 7:15-7:30 GSE History of Innovation in Haiti+ Haiti Diaspora (5 case study on celebrity entrepreneurs and local entrepreneurs)
    • 7:30-8:00 4 Speakers TBA- Remarks from 2 members of President Office/ 2 members from PM Office (5 minutes each)
    • 8:00-8:30 GSE Startup Boot Camp Part 1 – International resources for startups + “Entrepreneur, Engineer, Storyteller” Keynote 
    • 8:30-9:00 3 Speaker TBA (International)
    • 9:00-9:15 2 Speaker TBA (Local)
    • 9:15-9:30 Q/A
  • Day 2: Build of A Nation: Haiti Startup Boot Camp 
    • 6:30-7:00 GSE Program Recap (GSE Haiti’s Startup Landscape: Industries of Disruption)
    • 7:00-7:30  GSE Bootcamp Part 1: Ideation, Website, Product Development, Profile Registration
    • 7:30-8:00 3 Speakers TBA- Remarks from CFI, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Conatel (How to start a business in Haiti)
    • 8:00-8:30 GSE Startup Boot Camp Part 2 – Customer Acquisition + Pitching 
    • 8:30-9:00 3 Speaker TBA (International)
    • 9:00-9:15 2 Speaker TBA (Local)
    • 9:15-9:30 Q/A
  • Day 3: 
    • 6:30-7:00 GSE Program Recap 
    • 7:00-7:30 3 Speaker TBA (International/local)
    • 7:30-8:00 GSE Startup Boot Camp Part 3: Press & Marketing + Funding
    • 8:00-9:00 Startup Top 10 Pitch Demo (featuring 10 companies in Haiti)
    • 9:00-9:30 Judge remarks + Q/A


This program is an initiative of the Global Startup Ecosystem-the founding organization of the 2017 Haiti Tech Summit which received 48 million impressions on social media with just 100 speakers and 500 attendees. We will return in 2018 and will follow up with a formal invitation for you to speak at this event in the upcoming months.
Please Note: More Speakers To Be Announced!

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Technical Advisor in Innovation, Science and Competitiveness in the Office of the President of the Republic of Haiti. He is an expert in innovation and passionate about web programming. Previously, he’s held the position of Director of Government Affairs at Innovative Medicines Canada, creator of a Genius Lab digital literacy workshop and a university lecturer.  Jean-Jacques holds an MBA from the prestigious Schulich Business School at York University in Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Institute of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. He also completed an intensive course in Philosophy of Physics at the University of Geneva.

Christine C. Jacques

Communication Advisor. A marketing and communications professional with 15+ years of experience. Her career includes 10+ years at the executive level for top industry leading companies in her native Haiti. She’s managed some of the largest advertising budgets in the country and headed marketing departments for commercial giants like Compagnie des Tabacs Comme Il Faut and Voila. At 32, Christine launched her own Marketing agency, Dagmar and later the same year opened a sister company, Matrix Media. In 2010, with partner investors, Christine lead the acquisition of Haitian Publications which publishes “Haiti Business,” the country’s premier business directory, on an annual basis. Christine served on the board of American Chamber of Commerce from 2009-2013 and was twice elected as their Vice president (in 2011 & 2012). A business chameleon, Christine made brilliant used of her communication savvy, market research experience and public relations skills when she took on the challenge of managing the campaign and leading the young team that helped Haiti’s current president, Jovenel Moise, get elected earlier this year.

Guelma E. Allen

Guelma E. Allen is an entrepreneur, social media influencer and cultural ambassador for Christ,Haiti, and Africa. With over 55,000 social media followers, Guelma shares inspirational and informative posts about Haiti, African culture and global citizen projects from around the world.

With over 25 years of business experience in the USA, she leveraged her street vendor experiences to launch Guelma’s Art Shop in 1998. It was the most visited boutique of Haitian artwork in Queens, New York during that decade selling international flag items, ethnic photo collages and Haitian artwork.The company became an inspirational hub for cultural gifts and souvenirs.

In 2010 she spent a year in Haiti supporting the victims of the earthquake and transitioned out of the business into international development. Guelma shut down the shop in 2010 to transition into fellowship work in Haiti- supporting locals with food and necessities due to the earthquake catastrophe that took the lives of thousands.Thus today Guelma works with various corporate entities and government officials for international projects that inspire, empower and educate her social media fans via her Facebooks pages- Racin Lakay, Black Roots, One Love and Uplifted Exchange.

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