October 5th, 2023

This expression of interest (EOI) is launched in the framework of Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity, a four-year Programme implemented by the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean with the support of the European Union. The overall purpose of the activity is to secure buyers, collectors and other relevant partners within the handicraft sector to attend a one-day B2B/Buyers event.

The Transcultura Programme serves to deepen cultural integration in the Caribbean and to strengthen people-to-people cooperation and exchange within the region and with the European Union.  In particular, the Entrepreneurship and Incubator component aims to strengthen capacities for the development of new cultural projects, self-employment and start-up/scale-up activities. The innovative and entrepreneurial project development supported by the Programme will improve beneficiaries’ access to new knowledge, markets, management models and sources of funding.

In this context, the entrepreneurship incubator: Export development and market opportunities in the handcraft sector is an online incubator initiative which offers innovative framework for export development and increasing market opportunities. Through this initiative, creative and scalable project ideas within the handcraft sub-sector of the Cultural and Creative Industries and in their early stages of generation, will be able to strengthen their export promotion skills, new market entry opportunities and regional network building.

For this activity, Caribbean Export will be hosting a virtual one-day B2B/ Buyer’s event on October 5th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. This platform is the perfect opportunity for handicraft buyers, collectors and other relevant stakeholders to connect with and view a variety of products offered by the current cohort of beneficiaries. Through this event the goal is to establish new links and contacts in a purely business environment, thus promoting the creation of synergies across the value chain. In addition, you will be able to learn about new trends in different commercial sectors and expand borders by accessing international markets.

Products exhibited will include:

  • Textiles
  • Woodworks
  • Pottery and Ceramics
  • Leathercrafts

Complete Expression of Interest Form

Interested persons must complete the attached Expression of Interest form and submit all required documentation to Caribbean Export. Submissions must be addressed electronically to Dario Carrington at copied to no later than 4:00 p.m. AST on September 25th, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed by Caribbean Export and the selection committee. Successful participants will be notified no later than September 29th, 2023.

Please note that submission of this form does not guarantee participation. Only fully completed application forms shall be considered and evaluated for suitability. All applications are subject to approval of acceptance by a Selection Committee and funding availability.

The information provided will be held in strict confidence and will be used to facilitate the review and selection process, arrange relevant B2B meetings and assist in our Monitoring & Evaluation activities.