Vicente Gracia learned about the hardships of being an entrepreneur after having spent some time working in an entrepreneurial online business in South Africa.
Just before graduating of a master’s degree in a Swedish Entrepreneurship School he learned about U-Start and the work they do for helping entrepreneurs and start-ups connect with investors, which led him to contact U-Start’s CEO where he was presented with the opportunity to help Chilean businesses in getting investors for their projects.
U-Start arrived to Chile a few months ago and since then connects international investors with professional entrepreneurs in the region.
“my main job in this initial stage is to explore who are the main players in the early stage ecosystem, understand applicable law for start-ups and early stage investors” – Vicente Gracia
As of today, Vicente is collaborating and working with top business accelerators, incubators and universities with focus on entrepreneurial training and research centers in the digital field to develop U-Start network in Chile. He also advises his clients (investors) on specific deals in Chile, helping them look for opportunities that will benefit them.
The company offers an innovative online platform which is the entry point to U-Start’s services. Through this platform is where entrepreneurs and local investors can connect, according to their interests.
The site is also full of free resources that assist entrepreneurs whose start-ups lack certain elements, in getting their proposals ready to be presented to investors.
There is free access for members of U-Start partner associations and businesses coming from renowned accelerators and incubators in Chile and Latin America. They offer also tailor-made services for entrepreneurs within the information they handle, such as marketing insights, legal and fiscal support, office spaces and helping build teams.
Over the years, U-Start has developed large investor networks throughout the world. The company has a very trustable relationship with European family offices, Venture Capital and Angel Investors through their head office in Milan.
U-Start Chile’s main goal is to contribute to the Chilean economy by satisfying both investors and Chilean entrepreneurs.
Currently, U-Start has about 120 clients who use their services to scout for deals in emerging markets thanks cross-functional teams located in Italy, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, now Chile and soon Mexico.