Jamaica company chosen for IDB entrepreneurship event

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WASHINGTON, United States, Friday May 27, 2016 – A company from Jamaica is among 12 startups from Latin America and the Caribbean chosen to participate in an innovation and entrepreneurship event, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), that brings together some of the most creative minds in the world to share ideas on how to tackle and solve development challenges by leveraging the power of art, culture and technology.

BookFusion is the only business from the Caribbean among those chosen to be part of Demand Solutions 2016. The others are from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico.

“These 12 ventures stood out among the more than 500 entries we received from 20 countries,” said Trinidad Zaldivar, chief of the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Affairs Division. “They’re great examples of the raw talent and potential of our region in fields such as art, education, design, animation, and many others.”

BookFusion is an open and global eBook platform for emerging markets that gives publishers and authors more control while giving readers a new, social, interactive and enhanced eBook reading experience.

During the conference, a founder from each of the startups will pitch their product or solution to a panel of judges, investors and business accelerators. Prior to and after the event, they will also participate in four days of activities, which include workshops delivered by renowned mentors, media representatives and entrepreneurs.

The workshops will be run by You Noodle and Creative Startups, an accelerator established in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that focuses on startups in the creative and cultural industries.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley, joins the IDB as the main partner of Demand Solutions. Other partners include Microsoft, Tech Sampa, Nos8, LatamStartups, Banco Santander’s Red Emprendia, and the Global Good Fund.

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