Jamaican company wins IDB award

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — A Jamaican national has won the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) award for the "Start-up with the Most Growth Potential".

The Washington-based financial institution said that Dwayne Campbell from Book Fusion was the only Caribbean national to cop an award, as the bank celebrated the third Venture Night, featuring 12 start-ups from Latin America and the Caribbean.


Campbell’s Book Fusion is an open global eBook platform for publishers and readers in the Caribbean.


Demand Solutions Ideas for Improving Lives – the most important innovation event of the IDB — closed with a Venture Night, at which 12 start-ups from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala,Jamaica, and Mexico participated, the IDB said.


Ilana Milkes, co-founder of the Colombian start-up Nativo Digital, won the top prize of US$30,000 for being the Most Innovative Start-up with Development Impact. Nativo Digital teaches teenagers and children how to code, the IDB said.


Milkes also won the Media for Social Impact Award, given by the PVPLIC Foundation and the award by Festival El Dorado to participate in the Festival of Colombian Creativity.


The IDB said the entrepreneurs pitched their start-ups’ innovations to an audience of more than 300 people and a jury comprised of leading specialists, including the Young Americas Business Trust of the Organization of American States.


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