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Applications roll in for Start-Up Jamaica

Published:Sunday | July 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Start-Up Jamaica, the new accelerator programme for tech entrepreneurs, has already started to receive applications for its upcoming boot camp.

The state-backed programme was kicked off a week ago with the launch of its website -

"We have received 42 ideas," said Taniquea Callam, director of communication at the Ministry of Science Technology Energy and Mining, on Wednesday.

The programme is trying to attract ideas from Jamaica and around the world. So far, all but one of the applications are from Jamaicans. The one outside application was from a German, Callam said.

The slogan for the SUJ programme is 'Get up, Start up', suggestive of lyrics from Bob Marley's protest song Get Up, Stand Up. It targets targeting mobile app and digital media innovators.

The idea is to end up with 35 to 40 entrepreneurs entering the boot camp stage which will start on September 8. By the end of the camp, the companies should have built or developed a prototype, completed a professional business plan and be ready to seek investors.

Applications for the programme close on Monday, July 14. The applicants have to explain their ideas in 140 characters or less.