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June 17, 2018 | News

Surrey Research Park supports launch of Haiti’s first full-feature business incubator

Surrey Research Park supports launch of Haiti’s first full-feature business incubator

Dr Malcolm Parry meets with President Jovenel Moïse and delivers keynote speech at opening of major Haitian business incubation project

The Alpha Haiti National Incubator is the first full-feature business incubator in the Caribbean. Surrey Research Park Director Dr Malcolm Parry OBE presented the keynote speech at the opening ceremony at the personal invitation of His Excellency President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in front of 700 distinguished guest and dignitaries.

Dr Parry met separately with the President of the Republic of Haiti at his private residence to discuss President Moïse’s project to transform the La Gonâve island, with the development of the largest science and technology park in the Caribbean and Central America, and make Haiti the island of the future.

Dr Parry’s visit to Haiti followed a visit to the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, UK, two years ago by an advisory team from the office of His Excellency President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti.

Haiti has a growing population of young people and the development of the Alpha Haiti Incubator aims to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the necessary infrastructure, training and mentorship. The new incubator will help build start-ups and support the creation of jobs and wealth in a country and region that urgently need them.

From business plan stage to execution, the comprehensive features which Alpha Haiti will provide are unparalleled in this region, advanced incubator facilities which reflect those offered by the world’s leading economies. Alpha Haiti also offers the benefit of multilingual capability, supporting the French, English, Spanish and Creole languages, to help companies overcome the barriers which might otherwise be faced when launching a business into regional and global markets.

“We’re not waiting around and hoping that economic development will come to Haiti and to our region, instead we are creating the context that will make it happen,” said President Moïse. “The next generation of entrepreneurs, big thinkers, and job creators will be given the support they need and deserve.”

Dr Parry comments, “The Research Park team and the University of Surrey are always looking to capitalise on the increasing value of knowledge in the economy. We believe that entrepreneurship gives economic meaning to science. By using real life success stories and sharing the expertise of the Surrey Research Park, which boasts nearly 40 years of experience in this field, we can support Haiti and governments of developing economies across the globe, turning this ideology into a reality.

Alpha Haiti is expected to benefit over 50,000 people by 2020 and will focus on business sectors including financial technology, renewable energy, agriculture, and administrative and facilities management. It aims to provide aspiring entrepreneurs and start-up businesses with supporting infrastructure, training and mentorship, and promoting the much-needed creation of jobs and economic development in Haiti and the surrounding region.

The keynote speech by Dr Parry focussed upon the topic of Innovation Clusters and The Role of Technology Parks in Developing Economies and draws on his experience of creating and running the Surrey Research Park since 1981. Dr Parry has been appointed an expert by UNESCO and has helped with capacity building through missions to support to over five developing economies and has hosted close to 1000 visiting missions that have an interest in the work of the Surrey Research Park.