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Chimbalab seeking eco-electronic geeks for their open hardware & DIY community

Chimbalab is currently organizing the 2nd Meeting of Open Hardware & DIY (Electronic Circuits) that is scheduled for April 6-8th at the fab and trendy new Santiago MakerSpace.

Chimbalab, co-founded by Claudia González and Constanza Piña, seeks to connect people from interdisciplinary themed groups (arts, music, design, technology, engineering, etc) to support an open source vision; strengthen collaborative work; enhance creativity; and the development of autonomous learning.

To build a permanent home for Chimbalab,  the organizers started a fundraising campaign on Ideame (the kickstarter of Latin America) with the purpose of renting a space that has all the needed infrastructure; meeting production, design, management and documentation, plus 3 days catering and materials to develop each project. Continue reading

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Chile Pi: Singularity University intrigued by transcendental possibilities in the region

Editor’s Note:This post is 1 of 2. The 2nd post will provide our Singularity University transcription from our interview with Salim Ismail, Vivek Wadhwa and Andrew Hessel.

While Chile is often seen as the country at the end of the Earth, ironically, it is not where South America ends. If one were to travel here, they would see that it is actually where it truly begins.

This storied and enchanted land is filled with tremendous economic development opportunities, natural resources, spirited, unified and determined citizens, and a rising middle class that provides a growing and dynamic market to create, launch and test new ideas.

With a 106% mobile penetration and top ranking among countries worldwide in terms of social network adoption per capita makes Chile an extremely attractive market for development in the mobile and technology space. And it also lends the possibility to scale throughout other markets in Latin America and/or Asia.

The Latin American market is very “vibrant”, as there is a growing number of people who have a smartphone for the first time and even people who are having their first experience with a mobile device. Latin America is also a source of innovation of products and applications at lower cost. - Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO

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After raising US$600,000 500startups ‘Welcu’ is opening offices in Argentina, Colombia and Brazil

It’s August 2011 and Nicolás Orellana (Welcu CEO) is pitching ‘the best way to manage high-end, unique events‘ at 500 Startups Demo Day (check the pitch at the end of this post).

He ends the presentation saying they are looking for a US $600,000 seed round.

Now, 7 months later, they have successfully raised those funds and just announced their expansion in Latin America. Continue reading

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Launch your business idea with JumpUC (2012) new contest

This Wednesday (March 28th, 2012) JumpUC oficially launches their 2012 contest edition at Campus San Joaquín, PUC.

Students from all Chilean universities can apply until April 30th and submit their ideas to these topics: Science & Technology; Global; Social and Arts!

The winners (three for each topic) are going to receive US$ 2,000 to get their idea started and a business tour in Brazil (Innovation Award sponsored by Ideal).

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Made in Chile: Hip ‘Maker Space’ set to launch in Santiago

Back in the late 1990′s as we began to launch into the Age of Information I wondered if information overload would kick in and shift us towards the Creative Age to help us process, curate, visualize and package all this information in other RIGHT BRAIN formats. And are we not seeing this now (ohhhhh, 14 years later, :-P) with the emergence of DESIGN along with data visualization and gamification crossing over into everything?

Following ‘developing countries’, I then wondered if the Creative Age, along with the rise of the now ‘emerging markets’ would shift us back from building for a novelty based virtual world to building for a needs based real world thus resulting in the Age of Micro Manufacturing,  where everything would be made to order (locally/regionally) and produced in small volume on a needs basis.

In the U.S. this emerging group of creative-tech inventor types who are the ‘early adopters’ and ‘pioneers’ playing in this micro ecosystem has been affectionately branded ‘Makers’…and damn it, they are so gosh darn special to us and the renaissance of manufacturing in the U.S. that we even gave them their own ‘festival‘!

And maybe in the future we would see the ‘creators’ of these products receive a royalty/licensing fee  (for sustainability and intellectual property) every time their product gets resold in the marketplace which would be tracked via an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) tag.

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Chilean Youth Robotics Team Raises $40,000+ in 10 days, reaches U.S.A.!

Gran Chile! You did it!!! Chile’s National Youth Robotics team (Corazón De Chileno Frc) was trying to raise money to travel to the U.S.A. International Qualifiers for FRC (U.S. First Robotics Competition). On February 28, 2012, AndesBeat (among others) published and distributed an urgent call for help. At that point they had been trying for months to reach out to the local media, public and private sector officials but had only raised $185 USD!

Within 10 days, many thanks to individual donors, friends, families, strangers (near and far), the international private sector and huge spirited Chilean philanthropists, they were able to raise the money they needed and on March 12, 2012, ALL 28 members of their national team (for the first time in 5 years) was able to travel to the U.S.A. to participate in the FRC International Robotics League qualifiers. Continue reading

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SXSW Success! f*ck Luck?

Editor’s Note: This guest post is courtesy of Francisco SáezNixter CEO.

Since January (2012), the Nixter Team has been working in Sunnyvale (CA) as part of CORFO’s Global Connection program, which allows Chilean entrepreneurs to incubate their project for 3 months in Plug & Play Tech Center.

In this post Francisco shares the experience they lived at SXSW 2012, while doing a NIXTER demo at Startup Spotlight event.

 

 

What’s the first thing you think when you hear South by Southwest(SXSW)?
Twitter?  Foursquare? Fast and explosive success right?

Yeah, we thought the same when we got a spot at “Startup Spotlight” event at SXSW.

I thought… this is it! Continue reading

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Sonic Pollen amps up new network for Latin America’s musicians and venues

Originally envisioned as an incubator for artists and musicians, Valparaiso based Sonic Pollen is Chile’s first social network dedicated to the administration of music shows and booking musicians.

Sonic Pollen could be considered the Latin American version of Gig Maven which over the course of 3 years reached nearly 2 million registered users and 20,000 venues. It was acquired by Reverb Nation in August 2011.

On February 5, 2012, Sonic Pollen successfully raised their first round of funding for $20,000 USD, from FONDART. They are currently working on tweaking their alpha version and integrating feedback from beta users (It launched today)!!!

Administered by the Ministry of Education, FONDART (Development Fund for Culture), is a source of state funding, which aims to contribute to the development of arts and culture of Chile.

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Aurus Capital ‘Taggify’ US$750k

As reported by Andrea Hartung yesterday (via La Tercera), Taggify, which allows publishers to monetize their website through relevant ads in text, images and videos, has received a US $750k investment from Aurus Capital.

 

Tiburcio de la Carcova played his major role (as advisor) in this game when he introduced Gustavo Bessone (Taggify CEO and co-founder) to Raimundo Cerda (Aurus Managing Partner). Continue reading