The Startup Ecosystem of Jamaica

Jamaica has 1 city in the top 1000 and is one of Caribbean’s best countries for setting up a startup.


Jamaica’s startup scene saw an increase in 2023 and jumped 2 spots from the previous year, outranking Morocco.



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Startup Ecosystem Overview

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The Jamaican startup ecosystem is still in the early stages of development and offers entrepreneurs a number of startup incubators and business networks for startup growth. The country enjoys proximity to the United States and the majority of the population has high English proficiency, facilitating business expansion.

The Jamaican government is supporting sustainable and robust growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with non-reimbursable investment financing. Moreover, international organizations are active and highly influential in Jamaica’s startup ecosystem. For instance, Inter-American Development Bank helped promote the innovation and growth of the Jamaican ecosystem through the Boosting Innovation, Growth and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) program. The initiative aimed to achieve sustainable and robust growth among startups and MSMEs. It offered funding for incubators, grants and loans for startups. The startup ecosystem also received funds from the European Union’s Caribbean Investment Facility (CIF). Funding is given to promote gender equality, climate change, and response to COVID-19 to drive business innovation and productivity.

The local market might not be the biggest but it has definitely nurtured a substantial company: Digicel, a mobile phone network provider operating in 33 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Oceania regions. As expected, the main startup hub is Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. It is one of the main technology and subcontracting centers in the Caribbean, and has in recent years become home to a number of initiatives to support startups and incubators.

To conclude, while Jamaica’s startup ecosystem is still growing, it is dynamic and has deep development potential.


Jamaica Top Startup Industries

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Software & Data
4 startups

4 startups

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3 startups

3 startups

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Ecommerce & Retail
3 startups

3 startups

Ecosystem HealthCheck

Jamaica Ecosystem Health Check

The health check tables allow you to look at the performance Jamaica has in each of the parameters that are part of StartupBlink's ranking algorithm. There are five tables, corresponding to the three subscores, the subscore analysis and industry ana...

  • Overperformance
  • Performance equal to global ranking
  • Underperformance
ParameterParameter Global rankParameter rank change since 2022ResultContribution to total scoreRank gain / loss due to parameter
Total Score9220.529100%0
Quantity Score83140.22241.95%1
Sample size of startups97171738.24%4
Sample size of accelerators83-85-830%-5
Sample size of coworking spaces104-105790%-3
Community Score71N/A0.023.71%0


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The Startup Ecosystem in Jamaica

In 2023, Jamaica register a rise in Software & Data startups. Some of the most notable success stories in this industry are those of , AirDrop.

Global Rank

Jamaica is ranked within the top 100 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Jamaica’s startup scene is best represented in Software & Data, Edtech, and in Ecommerce & and Retail.

Top Cities for Startups in Jamaica - Ranked by StartupBlink
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Notable Startups in Jamaica
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Successful Software & Data startups in Jamaica

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