Our Vision is to be Trinidad and Tobago’s premier platform for business start-ups, in building a community of entrepreneurs who go on to discover and innovate sustainable solutions that improve lives, connect people and stimulate change.
We are dedicated to creating a platform that enables all entrepreneurs to innovate and do their best work. We know that every business, even in the same industry, is different. Our commitment to building better businesses will challenge and engage entrepreneurial mindsets, and set start-ups on a path to transformation. We create value for entrepreneurs through collaborative interventions tailored to meet the specific and evolving challenges facing start-ups.
Since 2014 we have closely worked with over 100 entrepreneurs and business ventures.
Signature Business Hatchery Programme
A snapshot of testimonials from entrepreneurs who successfully completed the Business Hatchery programme in 2015 to 2017:
CARIRI’s Business Hatchery Programme assisted us in taking a deeper look into our business concept. It made us determine a feasible and logical concept of our business model. The team seemed family oriented, making us comfortable and productive. Square meal can now be identified as an “online food delivery service;” this is a milestone achievement for us when compared to where we are [now] from where we were. We learned multiple strategies to growing our customer base, questionnaire development, business models etc.”
– Ricardo Sullivan, Square Meal
I will be applying all that has been shared during my time here at Business Hatchery especially the Pitch Techniques.
– Patrick Taylor, Green Tee Golf Club
Learned how to do meaningful and relevant R&D and what tools to use. Learned how to interpret R&D. Learned how to create a business plan specifically relevant to our business. Learned not only what to focus on, but how to organize the information in an effective pitch. Learned to tailor information to different target audiences.
– Gemma Joseph, Adio Innovative Ltd.
Pitch workshop and Market research were useful and eye opening.
– Kevan Sinanan, YFumble
The sessions on market research and business model were very useful in developing our prototype into a sellable product.
– Anil Ramnanan, HelpQ
The CARIRI Business Hatchery Programme was very helpful in focusing us forward in the business. The learning experiences from other entrepreneurs were very helpful.
– Gabriel Williams, Taxi Me Too
We learnt to develop a more comprehensive market research approach as well as to incorporate the business model canvas into the company’s business and marketing planning process.
– Rawle Rollocks, Reperio Caribbean
The Business Hatchery Programme has helped me to think through and work through the various processes with bringing my product to market, some of which may have been skipped without this training.
– Jere Andrews, Reperio Caribbean
The Business Hatchery Programme was very good at holding to deliverables. This helped us ensure that we completed key activities ie. Market research, business model canvas.
– Ava Rampersad, Ultimate Strategies Limited
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
No. Based on a competitive application process, entrance into the Business Hatchery Programme occurs at set periods. The inaugural Business Hatchery cycle was launched in July 2014. The next cycle is tentatively scheduled to begin January 2019.
Entrepreneurs go on to launch their own business and either pivot their original business direction (pre-Business Hatchery Programme), or advance to the next phase of CARIRI’s Business Incubator, designed to assist incubatees in commercializing their venture.
Entrepreneurs/Founders of existing start-ups in operation for a period of 6 months to 3 years. It doesn’t matter if you only have one customer or ten customers. Irrespective of the business enterprise, if you can commit 3 months of your time and energy to conduct market research, test your business model, improve your pitch techniques and develop your value proposition and financial projections, we want to hear from you. Commit to growing your start-up and the Business Hatchery Programme is an easy decision.
Businesses in diverse industries and sectors are accepted. In the past, we have accepted businesses in the following spheres: fashion, beauty, entertainment, education, retail, animation, environment, digital applications, accounting, child care services, ICT, manufacturing and food and beverage.
Submit an Expression of Interest form (online) and our team will contact you if you are shortlisted to attend a brief pitch panel discussion, at our Centre for Enterprise Development in Freeport. Following the pitch panel discussion, selected candidates can expect to sign a Business Hatchery contractual agreement and commence the Business Hatchery Programme within 2-3 weeks.
A generous time and energy commitment is critical to completing the programme and benefitting from the process of validating your business idea, learning business fundamentals, honing your pitch technique, developing market surveys, testing marketability and designing your business model. The value of the programme’s offering, peer support and mentorship networks also necessitates a fee priced at a reasonable market cost.
The entrepreneur is in the driving seat. The Business Hatchery does not own participants’ businesses or request equity swaps.
All businesses have a risk of failure. It is however much better to fail quickly and chart a different footprint, sooner rather than later. Our objective is to equip entrepreneurs with the tools to understand what works, what does not and what may need improvement. We want all our entrepreneurs to complete the programme and launch their own business or join the Business Incubator.
The programme is segmented into individual components with 5 deliverables: Base Case Analysis, Market Research, Financial projections, Business Model Development and Business Pitch.
The Business Hatchery programme delivers customized support to entrepreneurs and empowers them to determine proof of marketability for their business ideas. Our programme is rigorous, engaging and collaborative with experiential learning, practical workshops and functional knowledge networks. Our team of consultants and staff provide key insight and the necessary tools for the testing of business ideas. However, we encourage entrepreneurs “to get out of the room,” think independently and start learning by doing, by embedding group facilitation and one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the process.
If you only have an idea, you should apply to CARIRI’s Idea Advisory Service. This service is offered at no cost, and can be accessed via: Idea Advisory Service (IAS)
We thank all our applicants for taking the time to submit a completed Expression of Interest Form. We receive many stellar applications and are excited by our entrepreneurs’ journeys. However, we select applicants who are shortlisted following panel interviews based on the following:
Our Ideal Candidate
Whilst we value experience and your analytical capabilities, what we are mainly looking for in each candidate is an entrepreneurial drive and mindset. You should be passionate about your business concept, resilient in the face of setbacks and committed in both time and energy to attend workshops and coaching sessions, for the duration of the Business Hatchery’s three month Programme.
If you can balance collaboration with independent thought, take risks and be self-motivated, then we invite you to apply online to our Business Hatchery Programme.
How to Apply
Entrance into the programme is competitive and contingent upon successfully fulfilling the requirements of an application process:
Acceptance into the Business Hatchery Programme is subject to the clients’ consent to the terms and conditions of a Business Hatchery contractual agreement.
Client Registration: Expression of Interest Form
We welcome your interest in our Business Hatchery Programme. For information on our upcoming Information Session, email us at