ATECH* upcoming tech event will provide both local and international members of the tech community the opportunity to participate in the Caribbean island’s emerging startup scene.
ATECH*‘s conference, taking place on August 28th and 29th, will host international guests including angel investor Kelly Hoey, named by Business Insider to be one of the “100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter” and Oscar Kneppers, founder of Rockstart in Amsterdam, who recently started Rockstart in Singapore.
The conference further features local speakers from the Government of Aruba, the Aruba Investment Bank, and The University of Aruba.
“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,” said the General Managing Director of Caribbean Mercantile Bank Aruba, Javier Wolter. “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,” said ATECH* Co-founder Varelie Croes.
The five startups selected to pitch at the ATECH* Conference 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,” Croes added. “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.”