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i2i (Idea 2 Innovation)



A hub for innovative projects and creative initiatives.


The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development through its established Council for Competitiveness and Innovation (CCI) developed the “Idea 2 Innovation” (i2i) programme which gives an opportunity to innovators and inventors to submit proposals for innovative projects and creative initiatives for which the CCI provides funding.

Idea 2 Innovation (i2i) Programme


CARIRI was chosen as the Technical Executing Agency to the Programme. In this role, CARIRI provides on-going technical, procurement and project monitoring support towards the proof of concept by the innovators. CARIRI also provides objective analysis and advice to the Ministry/CCI on key areas regarding funding continuance and compliance by persons or organizations accessing funding.

The i2i programme is designed to reward business creativity that has the potential to serve the national community by having positive development on Trinidad and Tobago economically or socially and is commercially viable.

What kind of ideas?


Participants/innovators are invited to submit inventions and creative initiatives in the following activity areas, including but not limited to:

Manufacturing and manufacturing related
services
Primary agriculture, bio-technology
Creative industries
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Alternative/remedial energy and energy efficiency
Agro-industrial processing
Environment (clean technologies, eco-related activities)
Bio-waste and other waste (including recycling activities)
Tourism

The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development through the Council for Competitiveness and Innovation then identifies projects that meet stated criteria related to the characterisation of innovation and its lending principles, using the following guidelines:

The creation of a new product, service, system design, process;
The improvement of a new product, service, business process or system;
A new process of adding value to a Trinidad and Tobago-sourced raw material.
The products, services or processes should be able to find a market for use in the local or export market.
Project impact, driving social and economic benefit and creation of sustainable, high quality jobs.

Funding (grant):

Winning innovators/inventors are awarded grant funding in the following disbursement categories:

TT$75,000
TT$75,000-125,000
TT$125,000-200,000

In the first year of the programme in 2013, a total of 50 grants were issued. The programme is continuing in 2014 with 56 applicants having been chosen for funding.




Gervais, 2012 Winner. Project: Hive Source, a robust and scalable web based outsourcing marketplace




Young Sing, 2012 Winner. Project: Fin Ray Aquatics, home aquaponic system for personal use as well for educational institutions.