Along with its beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and a charming local scene, Curaçao also boasts a small but thriving tech startup community. In fact, the local government is actively promoting entrepreneurship in this space with its “Open Arms” policy, created to attract more foreign investment and IT-related ventures from abroad.
Below are the top 7 tech startups located on the island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles you need to know about in 2016.
Puurl makes the online shopping experience fun and exciting for everyone—even those who can’t afford to make purchases. The solution embeds a “Win it” button next to an etailer’s product “Add to Cart” button/link, giving shoppers a chance to win the item.
Curaçao Technology Exchange N.V. (CTEX) is a data center for server colocation and cloud computing—purportedly the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company is the first to receive regional Tier IV certification from the Uptime Institute.
TicketsCaribbean features Southern Caribbean events and activities packaged together with travel, accommodations, and other add-ons for complete event trips bookable with one click/tap. By working with its partner network of event promoters, venues, and tourist attractions to secure general admission and VIP tickets, the company pairs the best events and activities in the region with handpicked hotels, trusted transfer services, and more for comprehensive, hassle-free travel packages.
TrustCor is focused on providing personal and business internet services and tools for data privacy and freedom of expression. For example, its MsgSafe.io offerings allows users to create unlimited virtual email addresses for protecting against marketers, phishing attacks, identity theft, and others.
Skempi is a leading music listening and sharing platform for Caribbean musicians and artists. The website features a no-nonsense, intuitive interface and a top 40 list by week.
Caag Software develops business solutions for small and medium enterprises—its CRM offering features contacts/document/task management and custom workflow capabilities.
Minubia’s Cloud integrates a myriad of enterprise data types into one pane of glass: customers, products, tasks, GPS tracking, orders, messaging, employee information, and more. The cloud-based offering gives users the ability to centrally manage enterprise information, receive real-time input from users, and deliver more accurately targeted information.
Don’t let its perfect weather and accessible natural beauty throw you off—Curaçao is an up-and-coming regional heavyweight when it comes to Caribbean startups. If these 7 startups are any indication, the island nation’s tech startup ecosystem is on track to compete with the best and brightest from across the globe.