ATECH: The force behind Aruba’s fast-growing startup scene

ATECH* 2017 is waiting for you!

From October 26–28, global start-up communities will be at your fingertips on the One Happy Island of Aruba at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort in Palm Beach. Those who get to experience ATECH Conference continue to be amazed by the magic global and local vibe this conference brings.

The third edition of ATECH conference brings the promise to maintain its designation as the hottest tech conference under the Caribbean sun. Since its birth in 2014, ATECH has become the meeting place for entrepreneurial and creative minds. Startup founders, investors, innovative companies, and ecosystem-builders from different parts of the world come together to exchange knowledge and ideas. ATECH combines Aruba’s local touch and the island’s burgeoning and vibrant startup ecosystem to incubate meaningful connections. The conference became internationally known as the creative hive in paradise, boosting the island’s startup ecosystem and securing its place as the Silicon Beach of the Caribbean.

Over the course of the three-day event, leading entrepreneurs and technology experts from all over the world will examine and discuss the future and emerging trends in innovation. Top global startups are selected to showcase their ideas and products during a pitch competition to win cash grants and other prizes up to $20K in value.

“ We have a great pipeline of founders at the conference, in particular early stage start-ups that can benefit from the Caribbean tech ecosystem.” says ATECH Co-Founder Varelie Croes.

Besides an innovative pitch competition, you will hear from renowned experts and speakers such as:

Justin Halsall, Developer Advocate at IBM.
Melissa Gonzalez, CEO of The Lionesque Group.
John Henry, Managing Partner at Harlem Capital Partners.
Kelcey Gosserand, Co-founder at Trellis.
J. Kelly Hoey, Author of Build Your Dream Network. 
Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Millennial Workplace Expert.
Pedro Anderson, Founder and COO at Winding Tree. AND MANY MORE!

ATECH is not only a fantastic playground for learning and has great networking opportunities, but there are also many chances for investment and collaboration.

“We encourage and incentivize our participants to provoke discussion on innovation and how we can learn from one another amongst enthusiastic attendees”, says ATECH’s Tristan Every.

The conference is backed by co.lab, Rudy Croes, Tristan Every, the LIV Group, Varelie Croes, and Technology Haus’ Kris Croes.

Cassidy Williams (Clarifai) was one of the speakers at ATECH 2016 and put it beautifully by saying, “ATECH is start-up networking at the beach to the extreme. It is a mix and melting pot of the who is who in the start-up world.” Now is your time to join these change-makers in Aruba for the hottest tech conference in. The island vibe will catch you the minute you step off the plane! Get your badge now!

Aruba is a Caribbean island located approximately 620 miles from Jamaica. Historical ties to the Netherlands and Europe, coupled with easy flight connections to North America and proximity to Latin American countries, make the island a strategic hub for investors looking to expand into new markets.

ATECH is the first conference of its kind on the region, and brings together entrepreneurs, startups, investors and innovators from all over the world.

Originally published at medium.com on October 19, 2017.

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