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6 tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners on a budget

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post was submitted by Nerd Wallet, a resource driven website that makes recommendations and provides education to help consumers and businesses improve their finances.

Even if you have a great plan for a business, it takes more than an idea to effectively run one.

From money management to administration, many factors go into making a business well rounded, and the foundation of a successful business is money. Although many may think that business owners need truckloads of money to get started, there are numerous ways to create a business on a strict budget. Continue reading

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OMG! launches first ever organic quinoa based protein

Organic Meets Good (OMG!) was founded by Roni Gloger, a native Chilean who is passionate about travel, healthy living and superfoods. He relocated from Chile to Los Angeles, California, USA to launch OMG! in the $143 billion health food market. U.S. Organic food industry is expected to grow over 12% by 2014 (Source: Sustainable.org)

The company has been working on launching its new 100% organic and vegan protein powder with quinoa and hemp as its main ingredients. Made with all natural products, the combination of these core ingredients makes it easy to digest. It is the ideal complement to a vegan or vegetarian diet or people with intolerance to other sources of protein. It boasts natural sweeteners and is non-GMO, vegan, 100% organic, gluten free and allergen free.

Currently based in Culver City, California, USA, the OMG product line has negotiated distribution deals in retail health food stores and online at Amazon.com among others. Continue reading

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Classroom.tv educational platform gaining popularity in Latin America

Classroom.tv, which was founded based on the idea to become a platform for self-learning, and to bring the best courses to students everywhere, takes big steps in Latin America.

We have been able to engage with the best professors in this region. This has reinforced our belief that the future of education is online”, Eduardo Abeliuk, founder of Classroom.tv says.

Thousands of students have been actively using Classroom.tv’s platform.

The company has been quietly partnering and establishing pilot programs with different institutions in the continent, experiencing a 1000% increase in monthly traction, compared to last year.

The platform has already aggregated and indexed more than 1000 hours of exclusive content in Spanish, around topics such as math, physics, biology, economics, engineering, computer science, history, innovation and entrepreneurship, among others. And it has also expanded the communication systems among the community by offering school consultations, forums and internal messaging between users.

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Chile’s Innovation in the health startup space, No better place to be

Editors’ Note: This guest post comes courtesy of Nick Kwan, Co-Founder of Medko. Feel free to send your guest posts to tips@andesbeat.com.

Chileans, Startup Chile entrepreneurs, Medko, and I, myself, have chosen a great time to be living in Santiago.

Motivated by President Piñera’s words, I feel like it is our duty as innovators to focus on fields that we are passionate about that can affect millions of people in a positive way. For us at Medko, it’s health.

Good news: Innovation knows no bounds.  Bad News: Innovation has enemies within the culture, especially the fear of failure. Chile must continue maintaining, and growing, innovation leadership in Latin America.  Time is our judge. – Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, at the LatAm Innovation Summit July 30, 2013

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Arriendas peer-to-peer car rental helps launch 230 entrepreneurs in Chile

In 2012 Arriendas launched the first peer to peer car rental website in Latin America. The site generates an insurance policy and essentially allows an individual car owner to lease their car to Chilean residents and tourists. Over 200 car owners have registered their car for private rental and the company continues to show steady growth each week.

They are serving a huge need in Chile’s car rental market which is serving the ‘under banked’ (those unable to obtain credit through traditional financial sources). An individual in Chile can rent a car through Arriendas without a credit card whereas traditional car rental companies in Chile require both a credit card and a guarantee deposit.

Effective since June 7, 2013, as part of their continued efforts to support entrepreneurs throughout the country, the local Chilean government (City of Santiago) is allowing the general public to rent their car through the Arriendas.cl website and receive full coverage via BCI Insurance. The car owner must register and travel to the Arriendas office to survey and photograph any damage on the vehicle. They also need to show proof of ownership. Continue reading

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New BOMBAstars accelerator launches with USD $25,000 investment for startups

The Chilean underground startup ecosystem is finally starting to rise to the surface (meaning little known startups launched by Chileans).

Proving that startups can be successful outside of the popular government sponsored Start-Up Chile program, the team at BOMBAcamp has recently announced they have been successful in raising 100% of their first fund for their new BOMBAstars accelerator.  Geared toward startups in Latin America, the program will award USD $25,000  to up to 20 selected startups a year.

We’re super excited about it at AndesBeat because it’s one of the few models we have seen that is more aligned with accelerators and equity stakes with the states. Less than 3 years ago it was not uncommon to hear of local investors who took up to 40% equity in startups and offered no mentorship, training or access to networks in exchange.

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StarTechConf 2013: General ticket sales with 15% discount begins today!

Editor’s note: This announcement comes courtesy of StarTechConf (Chile)

Chile’s StarTechConf inaugural event for the developers community in 2011 was a smashing success.  And this year’s event looks to bring much of the same! More than 1,000 people have pre-registered and confirmed speakers include the Creator of Django among other top global developers (see more speakers below).

The StarTechConf has already received presentation proposals from experts in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Russia, the USA, Chile, and Peru. For those interested in presenting at the event, applications can be sent via this link.

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Samba Tech (Brazil) approaches 1 billion videos delivered online

Brazil’s Samba Tech, a division of the Samba Group is quickly approaching 1 billion videos delivered online. Samba Tech’s platform focuses on 3 primary solutions: Live Streaming, Distance Learning and Web TV.

Originally founded in 2004 as a mobile games reseller, Samba Tech decided to shift their company focus to ‘digital communication’. Today they are Latin America’s largest online video platform in content management and distribution. They serve clients and major brands worldwide including MGM, Samsung, Playboy and eBay. Continue reading

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Countdown to Lean Startup Machine, Santiago, Chile

Editors Note: This information and FAQ’s comes courtesy of Lean Startup Machine Santiago. AndesBeat serves as one of the media partners for the event.

In T-4 days Lean Startup Machine is set to make its third visit to Santiago, Chile.

They are coming to help the entrepreneurs and startup founders of the world to help entrepreneurs fail faster, earlier and better so that ultimately they can improve their chances in succeeding.

Sad and harsh reality: 9 out of 10 ventures fail.

“The startups fail not because of lack of products, but for lack of customers. So why not first develop customers, understand their problems and thus know which products to develop? ”

– Steve Blank, creator of Customer Development methodology after launch (successes and failures) for over 35 years in Silicon Valley

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PayPal’s 9 tips for entrepreneurs to prevent cyberattacks

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes courtesy of PayPal as part of their continued efforts to support the growth of Chile’s SMB community.

Brett McDowell, Sr. Manager of Ecosystem Security for PayPal—leader in electronic payments—shares 9 tips to help entrepreneurs and SMBs prevent cyberattacks.

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