What is the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center?

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Solar Head of State is partnering with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center  (CCIC) for the Jamaican Solar Challenge. While the Jamaican Solar Challenge aims to encourage youth involvement in solar energy education, the CCIC helps grow sustainability-orientated ideas into fully-fledged businesses. The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center is revolutionizing the way green technologies grow.

Jamaica is home to the hub of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, but the Center works with several other Caribbean Community territories. In addition, other Climate Innovation Centers are located in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Vietnam, Morocco, and Ghana. Their overarching mission is focused around five central areas: renewable energy, water/waste management, sustainable agribusiness, resource use and efficiency, and energy efficiency.

The Center aids Caribbean communities in developing and implementing technologies that mitigate the effects of climate change. CCIC helps innovators from the ground up with their Caribbean Green Tech Startup Bootcamp. The Center provides tools to improve the developing technologies, and networking events at the Bootcamp allow attendees to form connections with the industry’s experts and mentors. 

CCIC’s Launchit Greentech is an accelerator “designed to promote the growth and development of clean technology around the region.” Through other services such as technology commercialization, market development, mentorship training, CCIC can serve as a launching point for your green organization.

The Center wants to address climate change at its roots. The Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the effects of climate change, so CCIC wants to fortify the programs and initiatives of the greater Caribbean area to safeguard the Caribbean islands.

The entrepreneurs supported by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center have immersed themselves in a variety of fields, from optimizing waste resource use to producing a device that monitors energy cost and usage. Visit this page to see where CCIC has taken climate innovators.