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About Port-au-Prince

Haiti's capital sitting on the Gulf of Gonâve, Port-au-Prince is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the Caribbean. It has an estimated population of 987,310 living in the city with a total estimated population of 2,616,894 throughout the metropolitan area, which includes Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Cite Soleil, Tabarre, Petion-Ville and Carrefour.

It has a long history and was first incorporated under French colonial rule in 1749. Port-au-Prince was devastated in an earthquake in 2010 with an estimated death toll of about 230,000. A hilly town created like an amphitheatre, its' commercial hub is by the water with residential areas of colorful houses clinging to the hills above. Struggling to recover, Port-au-Prince is now seeing coworking spaces appearing to cater to its unflappable and hungry youth, as well as remote workers traipsing around the globe.

Haiti is a new player on the global startup stage, but the belief is strong that if an entrepreneur can launch a startup and scale it across an island with a population of 11 million, then they are sure to be able to scale it globally. The global tech community believes that "Haiti is not open for business, it is open for disruption" and many global tech wizards wish to see this country turn itself around from poverty to one of innovation and entrepreneurism.

Coworking spaces are filling a void where the locals can mingle with mentors, have access to a platform of dialogue across industry sectors and enclaves of innovation in an organic manner. Startup ventures are starting up in this country with little digital visibility, but with a lot of self-sufficient spirit.