Currently in its third year, Innovate Barbados is the annual signature conference of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC).

Lasting two days, Innovate Barbados provides two days of intensive opportunities to learn, be inspired and network through striking keynotes, powerful panels, hands-on workshops, intimate chats and unexpected experiences. Our aim in hosting this conference is to inspire change by focusing on how Barbados can use innovation and human imagination to create a stronger economy and a better society. The BIDC as the host of this conference, aims to be a knowledge resource into the future and a partner in the drive towards growth and success.


This is the conference that:

  • Promotes innovation as a key mechanism for economic diversification and social transformation.

  • Facilitates harmonization of the policy environment and entrepreneurial development.

  • Deepens the start-up culture and promotes dynamic funding and market entry/exports.

  • Becomes the catalyst for innovative thinking across productive sectors in Barbados.








Innovate Barbados 2018, themed Engineering New Connections, creates the perfect conditions for the kinds of collaborative connections that can drive innovation. We connect diverse people across communities, generations and geographic spaces to collectively awaken new ideas on innovating for the greater good of all of us.

This is the place where entrepreneurs and consumers young people and seasoned professionals, public sector and private sector connect and where ideas become solutions best suited to real-world needs.

Great things happen when people come together.


Get connected and be a part of the solution!


Take your place in business paradise

November 7 - 8, the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre becomes the hub where business, pleasure and culture to mix - Bajan style!

It happened at Innovate!

Our 2017 Blue Flame Challenge spawned a new not-for-profit business WeCity, whose mission is to make Bridgetown the friendliest city in the world and in so doing help to create a smart, safe and sustainable city and elevate this heritage site to the greatness it is destined to be.

Once called “A fine little capital” Bridgetown is ripe for development and this team of bold and daring innovators are set to help transform this now sleeping giant into one of the island’s wonders!


"The presentations, discussions and power talks were very thought-provoking"

Rosalind Bowen

CGM Gallagher

“Well done!! We are definitely looking forward to next year!!"

Kathy Walkes


"I enjoyed the Forum and wish to congratulate the BIDC for an excellent event."

Ena Harvey


Partnership & Sponsorship

Make the connection between your brand and a 6000+ audience of innovation champions

For further information on how the BIDC can help you, visit us online at

or write to us at:

Pelican House

Princess Alice Highway




Telephone: (246) 427-5350