A handful of the world’s leading startups compete as finalists today in the annual ATECH* conference, taking place on the Caribbean island of Aruba.
Founded in 2015 by a group of local entrepreneurs, including Aruba’s Chief Innovation Officer Varelie Croes, Co.lab Co-Founders Tristan Every and Rudy Croes, and TechnologyHaus’ Kris Croes, ATECH introduced the country’s first tech conference, which set out to turn Aruba into the “Silicon Beach” of the Caribbean.
The conference now serves as a go-to resource for the island’s entrepreneurs.
“Building momentum year after year, we’ve brought together world-class founders, visionary investors and change-makers from all over the world. Having them visit Aruba – a tropical paradise that’s living up to its nickname “Silicon Beach” – it makes for a magical event,” said Aruba’s Chief Innovation Officer Varelie Cross.
The startup pitch competition offers a grand prize of $10,000 USD. The conference will discuss the future of tech, investing in startups, personal growth, and digital marketing.
“By bringing in fresh ideas, and offering a venue to introduce the island’s innovative ideas to the world, ATECH* continues to help Aruba’s promising tech scene grow,” said ATECH President Tristan Every.
Here are the 8 startup finalists for the ATECH Conference 2018
#1) Redeemy – Bogota , Colombia: Platform that enables bank customers to finance social projects
#2) Sea Going Green – Amsterdam , The Netherlands: Company promoting sustainable tourism through sustainable business.
#3) Keto Clinic – Oranjestad , Aruba: Platform to support patients embarking on a ketogenic diet.
#4) Perksy – New York , USA: Consumer insights platform for brands and a category-creating rewards app for consumers.
#5) Global Tutoring Hub – Bridgetown , Barbados: Personalized adaptive learning platform that offers users a unique learning experience.
#6) High5 Solutions – Oranjestad , Aruba: Trusted system for identity validation and document sharing to meet compliance requirements.
#7) findSister Hood – Los Angeles , USA: Safe space for women to share their story and find their strength with the support of other women.
#8) Local Ventura – Mexico City , Mexico: Curated platform for booking authentic tours all throughout Latin America