Creative Business Cup - Jamaica 2017


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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.


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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.


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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.

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. 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.

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!

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.” Global Finals - November 16th, 2017.

CBC GLOBAL 2016 by the Numbers:
US$190,000 in prizes
500+ participating startups
500+ VIP guests
100+ startup pitches
60+ countries
29 speakers
10 selected investor pitches
1 princess

View the 2016 winners

CBC Jamaica
This year, 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 have been selected to pitch to a panel of judges. The local finals will be held in Kingston, September 30th, hosted by Creative L'Attitude.

The finalists are competing for the chance to represent Jamaica in the Creative Business Cup finals as well as other prizes.

Judges

Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 is pulling together a panel of judges experienced in entrepreneurship and the creative industries, who will be assessing the top submissions to select the National winner to represent Jamaica in Copenhagen, Denmark.

D. Stacy-Ann Wilson

Dr. Stacy-Ann Wilson, PhD

Dr. Wilson is an international political economist with interests in culture and identity, development and entrepreneurship. She' s a serial entrepreneur, a public policy advisor and works as a facilitator and enabler in the continued development of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Jamaica. She is the head of student entrepreneurship at the University of the West Indies, Mona and is the co-founder of JunkSion X Labs, the first official FabLab in Jamaica.


Tyrone Wilson

Tyrone Wilson

Mr. Wilson is founder, President and CEO of eMedia Interactive, a digital media, branded content & training business powered by technology, creativity and innovation. He is also the founder and President of iCreate Institute, iCreate, a creative institute under the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), and an important part of the creative eco-system, which provides prospective students with a wide range of career opportunities in the Creative Industry.


Creative Business Cup

Renee Robinson

Ms. Robinson is the FIlm Commissioner and Head of the Creatives Industries Unit at JAMPRO. She is a multi-lingual cultural industry strategist and thought-leader who has worked within the verticals of film, television, digital media, arts and culture, entertainment, and communications. With over a decade of senior management experience, she has previously held leadership roles at the Ministry of Culture in Jamaica, the ReelWorld Film Festival, the Harbourfront Centre, Women in Film & Television, and with the Toronto International Film Festival.

Prizes

CBC Global
Creative Business Cup turns the spotlight on new entrepreneurial businesses in the creative industries to motivate, train and develop the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. This year, participants have the chance to win a variety of prizes to help them build their ideas and concepts into sustainable businesses.

The prizes for CBC 2017 will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, here's a list of the winners' prizes from 2016:
First place: EUR 15,000 + One year’s full membership to Stylus worth EUR 18,000. This includes access to over 1,000 trend reports on stylus.com, webinars and biannual events along with daily emails of the latest insights and trends. Second place: EUR 5,000 + Six-month membership to StylusThird place: EUR 3,000 + Six-month membership to Stylus
In addition, startups can win sponsored category prizes.

CBC Jamaica
The winner of the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 will have the chance to represent Jamaica as national winner at the global finals, and will receive
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.
You will also benefit 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

ENTER CBC JAMAICA 2017

What startups can participate?

Startups from the creative industries with a strong and creative business idea, that are a registered company are eligible to apply to compete in Creative Business Cup. Our focus is the creative industries, not pure tech or ICT. We do, however, recognize the relationship between creative and innovative business and the use of technology as a strong supporting mechanism to the overall concept.

For more details, please review the Rules and Criteria.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules and criteria before submitting an application. 2. Click the button below to access the YouNoodle platform.3. Create and submit your application by 11:59 PM EST on September 24.

How to Win

The criteria for winning the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 are detailed on our site. Similar criteria will be used in the global finals in Copenhagen.

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

Successful candidates will need to uphold the following rules and criteria in order to compete in the competitions.
1. 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 must be one of the central components of their success.2. The startup must be utilizing creative skills in the actual production of a creative industries product/service or in the development of a product or service for/in collaboration with other industries.3. The startup must be commercial, i.e. the concept must have market potential.4. The amount of external capital invested in the participating company must not exceed US$1,000,000 5. The creative startup must own the rights to the idea with which they are entering the competition.6. 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
Craft & artisanFilm, video & photographyPerforming arts3D printing maker
DesignGastronomyPublishingToys & games

7. Startups entering the Creative Business Cup Jamaica 2017 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 2017 will be a startup that:
shows a high level of creativitypresents a business concept with great market potential
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:
Innovate in terms of their product or service, social relations, customer approach, markets or other areas.Change the value chains of the creative industries or use creative competencies to change the value chains in other industries.Rely on creative skills as a key to the success of the business.Engage customers or others in creative processes.

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

High marks are given to businesses that:
Are or can be a good investment.Are scalable.Show unique value propositions and are difficult to copy.Generate new needs and new markets.Present a strong overview of the existing market situation.Demonstrate the presence of financial and strategic flair within the team, thereby combining creative skills with business skills.Present a good understanding of risks and possibilities.Address relevant issues regarding intellectual property rights.

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News

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)

[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.