Dev758 Solutions, the tech start-up behind LEAP Marketplace, emerged as one of two Idea Stage winners of CTEP Regional Competition Finals in June 2017.
Dev758 Solutions was one of forty finalists who competed for more than USD 40,000 in cash prizes; direct access to The Branson Centre in Jamaica and other prizes.
Leap Marketplace is a mobile and web application which serves as a platform for local craftsmen, artisans, fashion designers and hobbyists to market and sell their products with added business support such as payment processing and delivery services.
It was an extremely challenging but rewarding experience. In the end, I am a better entrepreneur and my idea is one step closer to fruition.
Jason Cassius, co-founder, Dev758 Solutions.
Jason Cassius, co-founder of Dev758 Solutions, was one of nearly one hundred persons from various Caribbean islands enrolled in the Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs Programme (CTEP) Regional Competition. CTEP was organized by Caribbean Development Bank in partnership with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, which was funded by The World Bank. The competition was divided into three stages of business: Idea Stage, Validation Stage and Revenue Stage.
One hundred and sixty-four (164) entrepreneurs from various Caribbean islands participated in the three-month long programme. Each course was facilitated by business and tech industry leaders throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world. The participants were required to create business plans, in the form of a pitch deck, develop early stage prototypes and produce a pitch video for their idea or product.
Cassius impressed the judges from the early stages with his outstanding participation in the workshops, mentor sessions, assignments and the innovativeness of his pitch deck (business proposal). For his effort, he is one of six winners (two in each stage) who will each receive a grant of varying amounts to continue with his tech start-up. This was Cassius’ second tech start-up competition. In December 2016, he also participated in PitchIT Caribbean Challenge 2.0, where he placed in the top 25 semi-finalists.
The eventual winners of the CTEP Regional Competition were HIVE (St Lucia) and Dev758 Solutions (St Lucia), Caribonix (Dominica), KaribFusion (Antigua & Barbuda), EcoCarib Inc (St Lucia) and Reneescentsationz (Grenada).