Creative Business Cup - Jamaica 2018

Creative Business Cup empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries, connects them to investors and global markets and strengthens their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.

Youth Marketing Firm Wins

University and College Ambassadors (UCA) struck gold at the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 local selection finals Saturday afternoon. Last up in the day’s pitches, UCA impressed the judges with the clear business model which has already begun to generate significant income for the youth-led company.

Finalists Selected

The top 5 finalists have been selected and will pitch to the panel of judges for their chance to compete in the Global Finals of the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark. The local finals will be held in Kingston, September 30th, hosted by Creative L'Attitude.

About

Creative Business Cup - the world championship for creative entrepreneurs

We gather the creative industries throughout the year to look for new and original business ideas with strong market potential, create networks and engage in matchmaking internationally. Creative Business Cup turns the spotlight on new entrepreneurial talents in the creative industries in order to motivate, train and develop the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Creative Business Cup is simultaneously:
A global ecosystem that supports and help to develop early stage creative startups,A network that helps startups to connect with investors, brands and corporations, andA way to connect startups to the Creative Industry stakeholders locally, regionally and globally.
The global initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation
The purpose of Creative Business Cup is to strengthen the business skills of creative entrepreneurs. The aim is to increase all participating startups’ ability to successfully create a company based on their creative abilities.  Creative Business Cup is looking for new and revolutionary business ideas stemming from the creative industries.

How does Creative Business Cup work?
Each year National Partners around the world host national Creative Business Cup competitions. As a Jamaican startup, Creative L'Attitude, the Jamaican National Partner, is your entry point to competing as a finalist at Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen.

National winners from around the world compete against each other at Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark, each November during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Startups from all countries also have the opportunity to come to Copenhagen for the international finals, but will not be qualified to compete for the title as the world's best creative entrepreneur.

Ultimately, the Creative Business Cup is about change and empowerment, supporting entrepreneurs around the world - and we want you to be a part of it!

The Competition

Creative Business Cup Global
The world’s largest gathering of creative economy startups takes place every year in Denmark. The global competition brings together over 5,000 creative founders from 60 nations, all speaking the language of entrepreneurship. Founder Rasmus Tscherning calls it “the United Nations of entrepreneurship and creativity.”

CBC GLOBAL 2017 by the Numbers:
US$150,000 in prizes
500+ participating startups
500+ VIP guests
100+ startup pitches
60+ countries
30 speakers
10 selected investor pitches
1 princess

View the 2017 winners

CBC Jamaica
Last year, for the first time, Jamaica launched a nationwide open call for founders and their teams to compete in the global Creative Business Cup.

Entry Criteria

The term creative industries refers to a range of economic activities which deal with the generation, or exploitation of knowledge and information. They comprise those businesses that deal with the creation, production and/or distribution of creative goods and services as well as with the integration of creative elements into wider processes and other sectors. Creative industries thus provide products and services in sectors such as publishing, media, software, arts, entertainment, design and architecture. Many of these sectors are commercially oriented and part of other sectors. The common element is that they deal with the creation, production and/or distribution of goods and services that are strongly based on creativity.

Rules and Criteria

The Creative Business Cup is open to startups that utilize creative skills in the production or development of a creative product/service alone or for/in collaboration with other industries.

Successful candidates MUST:
1. Have the core asset of the business idea must be based on creative competencies: aesthetics, design, senses, interaction, art, visuals, gaming, media, performance, musicality in a broader sense or other creative competencies as one of the central components of their success.2. Be commercial, i.e. their concept must have market potential.3. Own the rights to the idea with which they are entering the competition.4. Be registered as a legal entity in Jamaica.5. Not have received more than US$1,000,000 of external capital investment in the past.
Creative Business Cup will allow creative and innovative startups from the following areas of creative industries to participate:

AdvertisingExperience TechnologiesLeisure ActivitiesRadio & Television
ArchitectureFashionMusicSoftware, Computer Games & Electronic Publishing (for Creative Industries)
Craft & ArtisanFilm, Video & PhotographyPerforming Arts3D Printing Maker
DesignGastronomyPublishingToys & Games

NOTE: Startups entering the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2018 will be evaluated based on the CBC Winning Criteria.

Winning Criteria

These are the criteria that will be used to choose the national winner. Similar guidelines will be used to evaluate the national winners during the global finals.

The winner of Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2018 will be a startup that shows a high level of creativity and presents a business concept with great market potential, which resulted from extraordinary business execution.

These are defined as follows:

Creativity: Creative competencies must be crucial for the success of the business idea.

High marks are given to businesses that:

Change the value chains of the creative industries or use creative competencies to change the value chains in other industries. Think innovation and disruption.Rely on creative skills as a key to the success of the business.Engage customers or others in creative processes.Innovate in terms of their product or service, social relations, customer approach, markets or other areas.

Market potential: The business concept must entail a high level of market potential.

High marks are given to businesses that have:
Investment potential.Scalability.Unique value propositions and are difficult to copy.Create and impact new markets.Present a strong overview of the existing market situation.Present a good understanding of risks and possibilities.

Business execution: The business must demonstrate superior business execution

High marks are given to businesses that have:
Have a good team with complementary skills and good experience.Demonstrate the presence of financial and strategic flair within the team, thereby combining creative skills with business skills.Present a robust business model.Address relevant issues regarding Intellectual Property Rights.Have a strong rollout strategy in place.

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News

Jamaica went to Creative Business Cup 2017 Global Finals (November 23, 2017)

Youth Marketing Firm Takes the Top Spot in Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 (September 30, 2017)

5 Creative Startups Seek Spot in Global Competition (September 26, 2017)

Coaching Agreement Signed for Jamaica's Most Creative Startup (September 25, 2017)

Creative Startups to Compete for Place in Global Competition Starting Today (September 8, 2017)

Jamaica went to Creative Business Cup 2017 Global Finals
(published November 23, 2017)

On September 30, five hopeful startups competed for the opportunity to represent Jamaica in the Creative Business Cup. For some, it was their first time pitching their startup in this way. The judges had some tough questions, and the startups stood their ground. In the end, it was UCA (University and College Ambassadors) who came out victorious.
This youth marketing firm started in January 2017 and is doing well with favourable responses from tertiary students and corporate clients alike. The COO, Alexia James, was selected to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, in the place of company CEO, Kristofferson Nunes. After some pitch coaching from Kerrie Vassall-Richards of Business Growth Rocket, it was time to head to Denmark.

The first stop for the Creative Business Cup startups was a two-day bootcamp. Startups from over 60 countries gathered to build their entrepreneurial skills and finetune their pitches for the competition. Startups received feedback on their pitches from experts and mentors, as well as their fellow national finalists. The experience was more friendly and supportive than competitive and many of the startups described it as the best part of the entire week in Denmark.

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1. CBC Managing Director, Rasmus Tscherning, welcoming the startups from around the world.2. UCA's Alexia James meeting other startups and pitching UCA.

Following the bootcamp, the Creative Business Cup took over the Scandic Copenhagen hotel. The CBC Marketplace allowed startups to share their products and services in more detail. You could test out apps, games, physical products, food products and hear the detailed backstory behind the ideas. Every single idea was innovative and impressive. This truly was a gathering of some of the best creative ideas in the world.

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1. This founder from Portugal sharing his innovative shoes. The Kickstarter for the new model is launching soon!2. Alexia James (UCA COO) and Bianca Welds (Creative L'Attitude Founder) waiting for the games to begin.

Once the Opening ceremony was done, it was on to the pitches. The startups each had 3 minutes to present their startup to one of several jury panels. A Q&A session followed during which the judges could dive deeper into certain aspects of the pitch. Alexia pitched in the afternoon and fielded some tough questions from the judges. The improvement in the pitch that came from the intense bootcamp was evident and she did Jamaica proud.

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1. To di worl'!2. Alexia readying herself to begin the UCA pitch to a CBC jury.

That evening, the City of Copenhagen held a reception for the Creative Business Cup in the beautiful “Party Room” at City Hall. This gave us an opportunity to meet all the startups and National Partners without the pitching pressure.

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1. Botswana, Jamaica, Denmark, Austria and more...

The second day of competition took place back at City Hall. The twelve semi-finalists were announced in the morning. Although Jamaica did not make the cut, many of our faves did. Congratulations to all of them:
Joulia (Switzerland) - recycling heat energy from hot water showers to save energy and moneyEcoplaso (Mexico) - fully customizable leather alternative produced from eco waste (food waste) to be sold to design and textile industries and as a home materialBildits (Lebanon) - kit for kids to build their own mini house using real construction materials and includes modular pieces to create custom houses to learn engineering and architecture conceptsBRCK (Kenya) - a digital classroom in a box (Kio Kit) which includes 40 waterproof, dust proof and unbreakable tablets, no internet required, integrated power and chargingJala (Indonesia) - an IoT device with sensors to help manage shrimp farms through planning, analytics and recommendations Betwyl (Italy) - a social reading platform that allows readers to read book together based on a shared calendar interspersed with social interactionsCellRobot (China) - a modular robot system with basic modules - cell, heart, brain, plus sensors and addons to add functionalityAlgalife (Israel) - pigments and fibres created from cultivated seaweed to help reduce pollution from textile manufacturingGenki Instruments (Iceland) - Wave which allows musicians to create and control music using rings on their hands The Buzzard (Germany) - curating content from online sources with categorization and visualization using machine learning Tutotod (Croatia) - an app that provides recommendations of crafts for children based on supplies on hand (from 6 basic supplies)Caredose (India) - an end to end solution to manage track and optimize patient management through DoseDroid with prepackaged dose pouches in smart dispensers
Throughout the day, CBC lined up an impressive array of speakers which included Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot, Scott Halford, author of “Activate Your Brain”, Brandon Kavulla, David Granger of Esquire Magazine, Jeremy Bloom (NFL star and Olympic skier now entrepreneur) and Bonin Bough. There were also panel discussions on Women Entrepreneurship and Investment for Startups.

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1. Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot speaking on finding your voice and staying relevant.2. All the Creative Business Cup startups gathered before the top 5 are announced.

The excitement built throughout the day and finally word came back from the judges on the top 5 startups, who were announced to be:
BRCK (Kenya) Bildits (Lebanon) Genki Instruments (Iceland) AlgaLife (Israel)CellRobot (China) A sixth startup (Jala, Indonesia) was added to the list to pitch again in the afternoon.

After a long day, some awards were presented before the announcement of the winners:
The Watify Solution award for SME digital transformation went to Ingelia (Spain) who turns biowaste into bioplastics and reintroduces into the bioeconomy.The CBC Investor Pitch was won by Heartstrings (Sweden) working on heart disease detection.The Invio Experience Technology Solution Award went to MixTroz (USA) for their innovative event networking app.

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1. Ashlee and Kerry from Mixtroz (USA).

The CBC eGovernance Solution award supported by the Estonian government went to PSII (Estonia) for their DeepScan product which helps government and enterprises know what data they have that should be protected.Special mentions went to1. Butterfly Technologies (Bahrain) - a custom nail polish creator that color matches to anything scanned
2. AM Breweries (Denmark) - turns coffee leaves (a waste product) into beverages (energy drinks and alcoholic)
3. Odai Karsou (Saudi Arabia) - DIY wound stitching thru a simple bandaid-like product.

Finally, it was time for the winners. The top 3 creative startups were:
1. CellRobot (China)2. Genki Instruments (Iceland)3. Bildits (Lebanon)


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1. CellRobot (China) celebrating their win at Creative Business Cup 2017

After an intense two days, CBC wrapped up with a reception hosted by the Estonian EU Presidency. As many of the startups were leaving the next morning, this was the chance to share with them and celebrate the new connections forged at the Creative Business Cup.

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1. Kenya and Botswana toasting to success.

The Creative Business Cup experience was fantastic and we learned a lot from taking part. There is already talk about how CBC will evolve in the future and what will be different about next year’s competition. We are looking forward to being a part of this amazing network and making a mark for Jamaica’s creative startups.

[PRESS RELEASE] Youth Marketing Firm Takes the Top Spot in Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017

Kingston – September 30, 2017: University and College Ambassadors (UCA) struck gold at the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 local selection finals Saturday afternoon. Last up in the day’s pitches, UCA impressed the judges with the clear business model which has already begun to generate significant income for the youth-led company.

The winning startup was selected after an afternoon of pitching to a panel of judges and the small audience who braved the sudden rains. As the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 champion, UCA will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Denmark for one representative to compete in the Creative Business Cup Global Finals in Copehagen, Denmark. Additionally, they will be given world class online and in-person pitch coaching by Kerrie-Ann Vassall-Richards of Business Growth Rocket in preparation for Denmark. The winner will also receive a free 1-day certificate training course in "How to Stand Out in Sales and Beat the Competition" from the Dale Carnegie Training Centre Jamaica.

Organizer of the local competition, Bianca Welds expressed her desire to see strong entrepreneurial thinking in the creative industries to further propel Brand Jamaica beyond the Caribbean. She indicated that a lot of development work is needed in the creative industries to help improve the business models especially so that we can grow the economic contribution of this vital sector. Plans are underway for training and workshops in creative entrepreneurship to help strengthen the ecosystem.

The judging panel for the local finals comprised Dr. Stacey-Ann Wilson (Senior Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Centre for Leadership and Governance, UWI Mona), Renee Robinson (Film Commissioner and Head of Creative Industries Unit at JAMPRO) and Tyrone Wilson (President and CEO of iCreate Institute at UCC). They all commended Creative L’Attitude, the National Partner for the Creative Business Cup, for this initiative and shared a desire to see stronger creative startups in the ecosystem.

A total of 30 startups from across the island participated in the competition, including startups in education and training, software, advertising, and music. The top 5 finalists were One World Dance, Digital Global Marketing (Digita University), AweTECH Group Ltd (BookThatSpot), Edge: A Digital Brand & Image Management Agency and UCA Limited.

The Creative Business Cup is a global year-round initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation that empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries. The purpose of Creative Business Cup is to strengthen the business skills of creative entrepreneurs, increasing all participating startups’ ability to successfully create a company based on their creative abilities.

Creative Business Cup turns the spotlight on new entrepreneurial talents in the creative industries in order to motivate, train and develop the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. They gather the creative industries through National Partners throughout the year to look for new and original business ideas with strong market potential, create networks and engage in matchmaking internationally, helping them grow their business ideas, connecting them to investors and the global markets, and strengthening their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.

[PRESS RELEASE] 5 Creative Startups Seek Spot in Global Competition

Kingston – September 26, 2017: US$5,000 in prizes will be up for grabs when the five top creative startups teams in Jamaica compete in the Creative Business Cup Jamaica local finals, scheduled for September 30 2017.

The finalists, who were selected from nearly 30 entries from across the island, include startups in education and training, software, advertising, and music. Seeking training, partnerships, funding and investment, the finalists will pitch to a panel of judges on Saturday.

The winner of the local competition will receive coaching and support from Business Growth Rocket, before traveling to the CBC Global Finals to compete against the world’s best. Business Growth Rocket, led by Kerrie Vassall Richards, a certified business coach and readiness evaluator, will provide online training as well as in-person coaching on startup pitching.

On arrival in Copenhagen, Denmark, the local winner will participate in a two-day intensive bootcamp in preparation for the global finals on November 16.

Commenting on the process and the finalist selection, Bianca Welds, founder of Creative L’Attitude, the National Partner for Creative Business Cup, explained that “creative entrepreneurs responded very positively to our invitation to the competition. We are excited by the interest shown and diversity of ideas and believe that we have a strong set of finalists. The finals on Saturday are highly anticipated.”

The finalists are: Digital Global Marketing (Digita University), One World Dance, UCA Limited, AweTECH Group Ltd (BookThatSpot), and Edge: A Digital Brand & Image Management Agency.

The Creative Business Cup is a global year-round initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation that empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries. The purpose of Creative Business Cup is to strengthen the business skills of creative entrepreneurs, increasing all participating startups’ ability to successfully create a company based on their creative abilities.

Creative Business Cup turns the spotlight on new entrepreneurial talents in the creative industries in order to motivate, train and develop the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. They gather the creative industries through National Partners throughout the year to look for new and original business ideas with strong market potential, create networks and engage in matchmaking internationally, helping them grow their business ideas, connecting them to investors and the global markets, and strengthening their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.

Coaching Agreement Signed for Creative Business Cup Jamaica Winner

Creative L’Attitude, the National Partner for Creative Business Cup, today signed an agreement with Kerrie-Ann Vassall-Richards of Business Growth Rocket, to provide coaching and support to the winner of the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 competition.

Mrs. Vassall-Richards is an experienced and certified business coach and readiness evaluator, who honed her skill at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, where she was the Entrepreneur Development Manager for four and a half years. She has organised many workshops, code sprints and pitch preparation sessions and has been a pitch competition judge since 2011, judging a number of international competitions.

The winner of the local competition will receive world-class coaching from Business Growth Rocket (BGR) including:
Virtual coaching commencing immediately after the announcement,Access to a pitch preparation course on BGR’s online training platform, andAn in-person pitch assessment before their departure for the CBC Global Finals in November
As part of the partnership, Mrs. Vassall-Richards helped to screen the entries received for the local competition and select the top five who will compete in the Creative Business Cup Jamaica local finals, scheduled for September 30 2017. She was excited about the diversity of the entries, though she felt that all the applicants could do with some further coaching and development. She has already offered some assistance to help conceptualize some workshops targeted at creative industry entrepreneurs.

The Creative Business Cup Jamaica is fortunate to have a partnership with Mrs. Vassall-Richards, who brings a wealth of experience having coached startups not just locally but for opportunities at international accelerator 500 Startups.

[PRESS RELEASE] Creative Startups to Compete for Place in Global Competition Starting Today

Kingston – September 8, 2017: As of today, creative entrepreneurs throughout Jamaica can apply for a chance to be recognized as some of the top talent in the world.

Creative L’Attitude, a local creative industries consultancy, was recently appointed the national partner for the Creative Business Cup, a global initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation in the creative industries. They announced today that applications are now open for entrepreneurs from Jamaica to enter the national selection competition. Participants who have developed ideas or have begun to see some traction in the market are invited to compete for a prize package valued at approximately US$5,000, including a trip to Copenhagen Denmark to compete in the global finals in November during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Creative Business Cup Jamaica final is scheduled for September 30 in Kingston, where up to 5 of the island’s top creative startups will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of local experts. The winner of the local competition will receive coaching and support before traveling to the CBC Global Finals to compete against the world’s best. As part of the event, startups will participate in a two-day intensive bootcamp dedicated to providing the opportunity and time for the startups to sharpen and hone their pitch, strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and get ready for the Global Finals.

The Creative Business Cup is looking for new and revolutionary business ideas stemming from the creative industries. The business idea must have a strong market potential and at least one person from each team must have an education or background from the creative industries. Global winners will receive access to an online market data platform, access to startups events and networks, as well as up to EUR 15,000 in seed funding for business development.

Creative L’Attitude founder, Bianca Welds commented on the opportunity saying “The road from being an entrepreneur to become a growing company is even more challenging in the creative industries than for entrepreneurs in any other sector. Jamaica has a wealth of talent, especially in the creative industries, and this initiative opens up an opportunity for our creative startups to take on the world. This is the first time that Jamaica has participated in the Creative Business Cup and we are very excited to be launching this competition to further help the island’s entrepreneurs.”

Applications for the competition open today and close on September 24. Creative entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit http://creativebusinesscupja.com and sign up early to take advantage of this tremendous development opportunity.

The Creative Business Cup is a global year-round initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation that empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries. The purpose of Creative Business Cup is to strengthen the business skills of creative entrepreneurs, increasing all participating startups’ ability to successfully create a company based on their creative abilities.  

Creative Business Cup turns the spotlight on new entrepreneurial talents in the creative industries in order to motivate, train and develop the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. They gather the creative industries through National Partners throughout the year to look for new and original business ideas with strong market potential, create networks and engage in matchmaking internationally, helping them grow their business ideas, connecting them to investors and the global markets, and strengthening their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.

CBC Jamaica
In 2017, for the first time, Jamaica launched a nationwide open call for founders and their teams to compete in the global Creative Business Cup. The top 5 were selected to pitch to a panel of judges at the local finals in Kingston, September 30th, hosted by Creative L'Attitude. UCA Jamaica emerged as the victors of the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 represented Jamaica as national winner at the global finals.

As winner, UCA received:
An all-expense paid trip to Copenhagen including airfare, hotel, meals, and CBC events, valued at US$3,000US$500 in cash for travel expensesUS$1,500 in consulting services including coaching on investor pitching from Business Growth Rocket.
They also benefited from:
Opportunity to join an international network and market accessImproved access to finance through investor readiness initiativesGlobal networking with startups, investors, companies and governments.Capacity building of entrepreneurship organizationsFeedback from other startups, investors and industry experts

Thanks to our 2017 Judges

D. Stacy-Ann Wilson

Dr. Stacy-Ann Wilson, PhD

Tyrone Wilson

Tyrone Wilson

Creative Business Cup

Renee Robinson

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors