The beautiful Caribbean island nation of Jamaica is known for many things: reggae music, savoury cuisine, breathtaking beaches, and all-inclusive resorts, among others. And though this jewel in the Caribbean tourism industry crown hasn’t been known for its technological innovation, a handful of stalwart tech entrepreneurs are aiming to change this with their digital products and services.
The following are the top 11 startups from Jamaica that you need to know about in 2017, from mobile healthcare solutions to streaming music platforms.
F1RST is a web and mobile offering that helps local Caribbean people search and discover everything around them, from businesses and retail establishments to specific items/merchandise for sale. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Jamgora is a online marketplace that connects Jamaican merchants to local customers, offering electronics, appliances, office supplies, and more. The company plans on exporting products from Jamaica’s cottage industries to the Caribbean and North America.
Jamaican snacks and sweets can be hard to come by abroad—Jamaican Care Packages(JCP) delivers monthly care packages to Jamaicans living abroad missing the sweet tastes of home. The company offers free shipping worldwide and 24/7 support.
MediRevu’s mobile health app empowers users to stay on track with their diet, exercise, and medication schedules by sharing their health plans with their doctors and loved ones. The solution streamlines the whole patient management process, from scheduling appointments to records/workflow management.
Radial’s free music platform and app lets users enjoy the latest popular Caribbean music streamed directly to their smartphones. The offering is available exclusively for iOS devices.
Daily Meeting is an easy-to-use productivity management tool that helps team members and managers stay up-to-date with project updates and progress. The solution is free of charge for a 30-day trial and offers 4 pricing levels, from basic to enterprise.
Ja++ is a leading web design and strategic digital agency specializing in custom software/web development and digital marketing solutions. The company also offers LinkUp—a Caribbean-focused social media mobile app that provides geofenced community hubs.
RevoFarm is a business analytics platform aimed at helping Jamaican farmers improve their agricultural operations. The solution helps users improve efficiency and productivity by advising them when, where, and what to plant.
ConnectiMass is the Caribbean’s premiere online media and information services provider catering to tech startups and digital entrepreneurs. The company produces the popular regional community initiative Startup Caribe.
It’s been said that Jamaica is one of the best countries in the Caribbean region to do business, and third in Latin America and the Caribbean. Judging by these 11 innovators, the country’s tech startup environment may also soon be the ideal launching ground for new digital ventures—be sure to keep them on your radar in 2017 and beyond.