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USVI Set to Host Tech Summit Thanks to RTPark and Tech Beach Partnership

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The Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park (RTPark) and Tech Beach Retreat (TBR) are excited to announce the upcoming Tech Beach Retreat USVI (TBR USVI), scheduled for June 19-21 at the newly renovated Frenchman’s Reef on St. Thomas. This innovative event marks the first time Tech Beach is hosting its pioneering conference experience in the U.S. Virgin Islands, emphasizing RTPark’s ongoing efforts to amplify the local tech ecosystem and attract global business insights to the region.

RTPark and Tech Beach: A Synergy Driving Innovation

After hosting two impactful business attraction summits in 2019 and 2022, the RTPark, a specialized economic development organization, is collaborating with Tech Beach Retreat to further its mission. The RTPark, known for advancing technology-driven development and offering significant tax incentives, aims to connect the USVI community with a diverse network of Caribbean and global innovators, while showcasing the unique opportunities available in the territory to tech entrepreneurs from beyond its borders.

“Partnering with Tech Beach Retreat enables us to leverage a well-established network of tech leaders and innovators, enhancing the visibility of RTPark and the USVI as prime locations for tech enterprises looking to expand,” said Peter H. Chapman, CEO of RTPark.

Edward Thomas, chairman of the RTPark Board of Directors said, “Hosting Tech Beach Retreat USVI is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the USVI’s commitment to fostering a resilient, technology-driven economy.  We look forward to welcoming global innovators to our shores, demonstrating the vibrant opportunities our islands offer and taking some time out to enjoy our world-renowned tourism experience.”

Why Attend Tech Beach Retreat USVI?

Tech Beach Retreat USVI is more than an event; it’s a critical part of a dynamic movement to expand the territory’s tech industry and beyond. This summit connects attendees with global innovators and disruptors tackling the Caribbean’s most significant challenges through technology, while also highlighting the benefits the RTPark offers to tech and knowledge-based companies considering establishing their business in the region.

Open to entrepreneurs and innovators from any sector, TBR USVI offers a chance to gain inspiration and interact with some of the biggest names in innovation, making it an essential opportunity for anyone eager to be at the forefront of industry transformation and economic growth.

  • Connect with a Powerful Network: Engage with over 200 high-caliber attendees, including entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives and influencers, who can become collaborators and catalysts for one’s success.
  • Learn from the Best: Absorb insights from industry leaders through inspiring keynotes, fireside chats and expert-led panels.
  • Forge Strategic Partnerships: The summit fosters a collaborative environment, offering numerous opportunities for networking with local and global mentors, advisors and investors.

About Tech Beach Retreat

Tech Beach Retreat is a leading technology and innovation platform in the Caribbean. With a legacy of excellence over six years, TBR has been pivotal in connecting technology visionaries with opportunities and capital, partnering with industry giants like Google, AWS and Meta. Their summits are renowned for attracting global tech luminaries and fostering substantial business and innovation growth throughout the region. Past Tech Beach Retreat events have featured luminaries like Jack Dorsey (co-Founder, Square and Twitter), Jon Oringer (founder, Shutterstock), and Lucy Guo (2nd wealthiest self-made woman under 30 according to Forbes).

In addition to Lucy Guo, confirmed attendees for TBR USVI include Jeff Pulver, co-founder of Vonage, Zahir Dossa, co-founder of Function of Beauty, as well as representatives from LinkedIn, Google, Nvidia, TikTok and OpenAI.

“We are passionate about bridging the gap between nascent tech ecosystems and robust developed global companies and the ecosystems they may reside in. We believe this is key to unlocking the economic potential of places such as the USVI. We are excited to bring our global network to St. Thomas to engage and exchange value with the local business landscape. We are islanders ourselves, so our absolute focus is on ensuring maximum benefit to locals of territories we work with.” — Kirk-Anthony Hamilton, co-founder and director, Tech Beach Retreat

Empowering Local Innovators

Sydney Paul, RTPark’s associate director of marketing and communications, emphasized the transformative potential of the summit, “Experiencing Tech Beach’s events in Miami and Jamaica as a panelist and attendee was inspiring. We’re eager replicate that energy here in the USVI, encouraging our local community to engage with and become part of our growing local and regional tech ecosystem.”

Availability is limited for the upcoming Tech Beach Retreat USVI, where participants can engage in a transformative experience. Entrepreneurs from the USVI are eligible for a special discounted rate by using the code “RTParkFounder.” This event offers a unique opportunity to network with prominent figures, acquire invaluable knowledge, and explore potential partnerships and investments.

To register, interested parties should visit the Tech Beach Retreat USVI website at https://www.techbeach.net/usvi.

For organizations interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities at the Tech Beach Retreat USVI, please contact Kirk-Anthony Hamilton at kirk@techbeach.net for more details on how to partner with Tech Beach Retreat in this groundbreaking event.

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