After months of rigorous competition, a Vincentian entrepreneur earned herself a spot in the top 100 Global Finalists of the Entrepreneurship World Cup. Having travelled for over 72 hours to the Global Finals, Kenna Questelles of LinkUp has described her journey as a lifechanging and proud feat.
The Entrepreneurship World Cup began with over 100,000 applicants from over 187 countries. After a series of elimination rounds and weeks of an intense virtual accelerator program, the top 100 entrepreneurs from 64 different countries were selected and given a chance to pitch their business on the world stage.
Despite not winning the grand prize, Kenna believes that the greatest prizes were the connections that were made – some of which have the potential for future business partnerships; sharing about the culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and learning about the different cultures that were represented at the EWC.
As a global finalist, Kenna participated in an investor Bootcamp at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where she met with mentors and industry experts and had unique access to research and development facilities there. She is now a part of the Gen Starters Club and will receive in-kind services towards software development from partners such as Amazon, Shopify, Twilio, HubSpot and GSV Labs.
LinkUp is an IT-driven startup that aims to connect Caribbean micro and small businesses to new markets. Since 2017, the LinkUp app has enabled 400 businesses in St. Vincent to connect with customers. In 2020, LinkUp will expand its platform and business virtual assistance service to other businesses in the Caribbean.
Is this your first competition?
Kenna is no stranger to these competitions, having placed 2nd in the Caribbean Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019 in Martinique, 3rd in the validation stage for the Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Program 2019, being the National Winner of the Creative Business Cup 2019 in Denmark.