Join us at The Cocoa Pitch!

Join us at The Cocoa Pitch!

As a follow-up to the Cocoa Webinar series held earlier this year, InvesTT and the Delegation of th European Union to Trinidad and Tobago, in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Caribbean Export Development Agency, will be hosting the grand finale in the series , Episode 3, with a pitch event on Wednesday 28th September, 2022, entitled The Cocoa Pitch. There are no costs attached to participating at the Cocoa Pitch event therefore we encourage you to register to be a part of the LIVE virtual audience!

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About the Trinitario Cocoa Webinar Series 2022

Trinidad and Tobago produces the finest cocoa, boasts the largest inventory of cocoa plant material (The International Cocoa Genebank) and is home to the oldest cocoa research facility in the world. Trinitario cocoa is highly sought after by cocoa and chocolate connoisseurs around the world, fetching premium prices. For the countries of the EU where approximately 50% of the world’s chocolate is consumed, the opportunity to access a larger volume of the most sought-after cocoa variety in the world is highly desirable. For Trinidad and Tobago, expansion of the cocoa industry would be a boon for the economy. 

It is in this context that the European Union Delegation collaborated with InvesTT, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries to contribute to the revitalization of the cocoa industry. This unique webinar series brings together stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago with some of the largest business organizations in Europe (for chocolatiers, cocoa connoisseurs and investors) to explore new and emerging opportunities for collaboration, financing and sustainability across the cocoa supply chain.

Episode 3: The Cocoa Pitch


The grand finale (Episode 3) of the Trinitario Cocoa Webinar Series entitled The Cocoa Pitch will be held on Wednesday 28th September 2022, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon (AST).

The Cocoa Pitch is designed as a “Shark Tank” styled business pitch event, featuring cocoa entrepreneurs/enterprises in the following two categories:

  1. Youth Start-Ups – Youth founders producing products or services within a cocoa enterprise or cocoa estate farm.

  2. Medium-sized Cocoa SMEs – Mid-sized cocoa entrepreneurs or/cooperatives with a potential to scale up.

Six (6) cocoa entrepreneurs/farmers will be selected across the two (2) categories to pitch a 3-minute business case presentation before a group of distinguished investors and a live virtual audience, with the goal of securing and accessing technical and capacity-building support, mentorship, gaining access to funding/finance or networking partners, to start-up or scale business operations.


Be A Part of The LIVE Virtual Audience

As a member of the LIVE virtual audience you will

​1. Gain valuable insights into the opportunities for partnerships and high-value investments within Trinidad and Tobago's fine/flavour cocoa industry.

2. Discover the business accelerator opportunities available to operators along the cocoa value chain.

3. Learn about the incentives and market access funding programs available to cocoa entrepreneurs and innovators.

4. Get the opportunitty to initiate valuable business linkages with investors and key cocoa stakeholders.

5. Uncover the key components of a successful business pitch which can unlock opportunities for financial and non-financial benefits



Meet the Panellists

  • Crisen Maharaj

    Manager of the Capacity Building and Funding, ExporTT
  • John Hadad

    Group co-Chief Executive Officer, Hadco Group
  • Sandy Roopchand

    CEO/Managing Director, Royal Castle
  • Markus Mann

    Producer - Artist – Entrepreneur, Markus Mann Music
  • Michael McQuilkin

    Manager, Investment Banking, Republic Bank Limited

Click below to be a part of the LIVE Virtual Audience. Registration is FREE.


Episode 2: Trinidad and Tobago - An International Centre for Cocoa Excellence and Innovation


The second installation of the three-part webinar series was held on Wednesday 25th May, 2022. In addition to featured remarks from senior government officials, participants were privy to a wealth of first-hand expert information from members of two panel discussions. Cocoa Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago and Trailblazing Women Cocoa Entrepreneurs in Trinidad and Tobago

View the full webinar recording here

Webinar Excerpts

Meet some trail-blazing women entrepreneurs in T&T!

Elizabeth 'Lady' Montano - Director, Montanos' Chocolate Company

View her video

Isabel Brash - Chocolate Maker & Managing Director, Cocobel Chocolate

View her video

Nikita Nath - Director & Bean to Bar Chocolate Maker, Ortinola Great House

View her video


Episode 1: Exploring Opportunities in a Fine/Flavour Cocoa Paradise


Hosted by InvesTT and the Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago Episode 1 brought together over 400 participants including European chocolatiers and cocoa connoisseurs, T&T SMEs, cocoa farmers, cooperatives, researchers, innovators, exporters and T&T Government leaders to share and explore new and emerging opportunities for collaboration, financing and sustainability across the cocoa supply chain, on Wednesday 16th February 2022.

Key Takeaways

Trinitario fine/flavour cocoa – bean to bar opportunities in production, processing and value-added products

Emerging opportunities in fine flavour cocoa innovation and sustainability

Pivotal role of the International Cocoa Genebank in Trinidad

Joint venture/foreign investment opportunities

B2B opportunities with European chocolatiers


• Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry

• Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

• His Excellency Peter Cavendish, Ambassador - Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago

• Ms. Franka Costelloe - Chairman, InvesTT

• Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan, Director - Cocoa Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Session Moderator - Ms. Jessie-May Ventour - Veteran Broadcaster.

Click here for Episode 1 speaker profiles.

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