Guyana's capital, Georgetown sits at the mouth of the Demerara River on South America's North Atlantic coast in the Demerara-Mahaica region. Nicknamed the "Garden City of the Caribbean", it's the country's largest urban hub with a population of around the 200,500 mark. The city is the retail, financial and administrative heart of the country. Georgetown today is a mirror of its history of being under the influence of the Dutch, the French and the English with its British colonial architecture and a culture that is connected to the English-speaking Caribbean region. Georgetown sits in one of the fastest growing countries in the Western Hemisphere that is embracing tech innovation to shape its future and with its innovative locals hanging out in coworking venues.
A diminutive nation that has the distinction of being the only country in South America whose official language is English; Guyana has an expanding technology sector with local businesses focused on providing tech-based solutions for improving the quality of life of its inhabitants. Many of its startups are moving from tech services/consulting-based business to play digital products. Some of its innovative minds have created companies such as "SureGig" that is a platform connecting service providers to potential clients, whilst "HoustyDesigns" specializes in software development and social media marketing to name a few.
Guyana may not have the population of its neighbouring countries, but between 2000 and 2016 the country's Internet adoption has jumped massively from 3,000 to 305,000. It has a consumer market that is ripe for tech startup penetration plus a stable and growing economy. The country is making improvements in its ecosystem from infrastructure resources to data services. Guyana is a visa-free country for citizens from over 70 countries with work permits downloadable from the government website. The country is being seen as a bootstrapping startup destination because of its highly skilled workforce, ample government incentives and low interest rates. Now that coworking venues are popping up in its streets, this may just be where you can startup in paradise.
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