ATECH*’s two-day conference is the first of its kind in the Caribbean to provide local and international members of the tech community the opportunity to participate in the Caribbean island’s emerging startup scene.
The goal of the event is to establish Aruba as a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity and build the region’s international reputation as “Silicon Beach.”ATECH* will host a number of international guests as well as local Aruban speakers.
Startups looking to present at the two-day tech demo event, taking place in the capital Oranjestad on August 28th and 29th, can apply directly at the ATECH* Conference page. The five startups selected to pitch at the ATECH* Conference will receive free travel to Aruba for up to two co-founders, free lodging for three nights, and a chance to win $20,000 for their venture.
“The caliber of speakers and startups that are attending this year’s conference shows the great potential Aruba has to be the next big thing in incubating breakthrough tech ventures and ideas,” said ATECH* Co-founder Varelie Croes. “The social, economic and environmental landscape of Aruba is changing rapidly, and both the island and new ventures can leverage ATECH* to take part in Aruba’s metamorphosis.”
According to the General Managing Director of Caribbean Mercantile Bank Aruba, Javier Wolter, the ATECH* Conference will have a big impact on the island. “Along with this dynamic change, Aruba has a long history of business connections to Europe and Latin America. The residents speak 4 to 5 languages, including Dutch, Spanish and English, which removes the language barrier that can normally hinder prospective business ventures,” Wolter said. “This event combining the insights of the speakers and ambassadors together with emerging startups can truly turn Aruba into a tech hub.”
“ATECH* is an open and welcoming event that gives the startups presenting at the conference, as well as the numbers attendees, the vital tools and insights they need to kickstart their ideas and push their ventures forward,” Croes added.