Alongside the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), TIV organized a multi-day “Shark Tank” type pitching contest in the Port of Spain as a capstone event for the REACH project.
TIV created, implemented, and organized a Regional Public Goods (RPG) initiative of the IADB called Regional Entrepreneurial Asset Commercialization HUB (REACH). The REACH facility was established to cultivate entrepreneurship and innovation in the Caribbean. During the project, TIV coordinated numerous workshops, including one under the auspices of Prime Minister Mitchell of Grenada, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the US National Academies of Sciences (NAS). However, the REACH project's largest and most significant activity was the “Design, Development and Implementation of a Pipeline of Innovation and Sustainable Technologies Ventures in the Caribbean.” Under this activity, TIV scouted for, mentored, and helped accelerate several promising regional firms.
The project culminated with a pitch-style “Shark Tank” type competition where eminent investors and TIV financed, selected, and mentored multiple firms. Numerous industry leaders participated in the event, including prominent investment bankers, government advisors, and a former United Kingdom’s Dragon’s Den star. The REACH facility has since served as a breeding ground for entrepreneurial success in the region.