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Rachel Brooks

Founder: Citizen Made


Rachel Brooks is a San Francisco based technology entrepreneur and expert in digital product experiences and manufacturing innovation. A self-described Maker of the Digital and Physical, Rachel is founder of the ecommerce software company Citizen Made, where she makes it possible for brands and makers to sell their custom products online.

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Steve McCartney

Vice President: Communitech


No stranger to the Caribbean Startup Summit's stage, Steve is VP, Client Services, Emerging and High Growth Companies at Communitech, Canada's largest and most successful startup hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies. A successful entrepreneur himself, Steve also currently serves as chair on the boards of Bering Media Toronto, Ontario and Energy+ in Cambridge, Ontario.

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Malene Barnett

Founder: Malene B


Malene Barnett is the New York based founder and design director of Malene B, a company specializing in handcrafted custom carpets, inspired wallcoverings and artisan tiles. Her luxe creations have enlivened premier hotels, iconic office buildings, and sophisticated private spaces.

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Elaine Leung

TECH Startup Advisor


A special advisor in operations and seed financing to tech start-ups, Elaine recently served as senior advisor at the new Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises in Waterloo, Ontario.  Previously, she was Director, Sector Strategy, for economic development in the province of Ontario

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Carlton cummins

Co-Founder: Aceleron Ltd.

Barbados / United Kingdom

Originally from Barbados, spent half of his life in the arts and the other half in science and engineering. Is now the cofounder and technology lead of Aceleron, a cleantech start up focused on transforming perceived end of life lithium ion batteries into low-cost energy storage.

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Iain klugman

CEO: Communitech.


Iain is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurship. He heads Canada's leading startup community and tech innovation hub-- Communitech. For more than a decade Iain has been helping entrepreneurs build successful ventures and raise millions in investment

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Bill Mantel

Assistant Deputy Minister

Ministry of Research

Innovation and Science

Ontario Canada

Bill has been involved in entrepreneurship commercialization and the delivery of a number of key ministry programs and initiatives focused on supporting Ontario’s research excellence, commercialization networks, and entrepreneurial expertise

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Danny manu

Founder: Mymanu Ltd.

United Kingdom

A technologist and record producer and the highly motivated entrepreneur behind the world’s first truly wireless smartest earphones with voice translation--Mymanu.

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Chekema Prince

Co-Founder: Pression Inc.


Chekema Prince is an award winning entrepreneur, co-founder and CTO of Pression Inc., a startup company bringing compression therapy into the 21st century. As of April 2016, Lockheed Martin Canada has invested $1.1 million into the research and development of the technology that Pression is bringing to market. 

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ROhan gilkes

Serial Entrepreneur

Barbados / USA

Rohan is a serial entrepreneur and founder of,, , and He has been featured in the Washington Post, Mixergy, The Foundation, and in 2011 he was honored with the Community Award in Startup Leadership by the city of Fairfax, Virginia. 

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