After being rejected from the popular government sponsored program, Start-Up Chile, Chile’s cinderella startup team, GiveO2, is rocking the glass slipper once again as international award recipients at the prestigious Kairos Global Summit for young entrepreneurs.
They were 1 of 50 teams selected (and 2 representing Chile) from a pool of thousands of applicants around the world and named by Kairos Society as “one of the most promising global startups”.
GiveO2 designed a mobile application that allows users to neutralize the carbon footprint related to transport and also buy carbon credits directly from their mobile device. Continue reading →
Inspired by their parents business, “Centro Ecológico Alhue Lahuen“, a Mapuche Reserve located in Buin where you can find replicated indigenous plants and other things native to the culture, Fernando Rojas and Ivan Rojas (Studio Pangea co-founders and brothers) launched Pewen Collector. Their latest venture synergizes their inherited expertise in the subject along with their expertise in game design and teaching in schools.
A few months ago, Studio Pangea applied to Idea.me (the Kickstarter of LatAm) with the purpose to crowdfund this educational game. To their excitement, they were the first Chilean project being funded at Idea.me and they received a total of US$5,025 in funding by 38 supporters from Latin America. Continue reading →
Last Sunday (Nov 27th), HackSantiago teams made their presentations. There were a total of 8 die hard projects that participated in all 48 hours of the Hackathon. Just one project was started Saturday’s night and it didn’t have something ready to show by Sunday.
The topics of developed projects were related with real state, gaming, mobile payments and home automation, amongst others.
Nixter, the Chilean startup looking to improve your nightlife experience, and also the recent crowd favorite at Incuba’s Geek Fantasy Camp (Oct 25-29) proves that 3 times a charm! The rapidly growing startup has hit three major milestones in less than 30 days, winning a cash award plus a trip to Silicon Valley inclusive of mentorship from top startup founders and investors.
“Growing up, many Latin Americans had to constantly adapt to economic and political uncertainty and a business bureaucracy that people in Silicon Valley couldn’t even dream of confronting. This has forced entrepreneurs here to think outside-the-box from an early age, and develop a fiercely independent streak, which is crucial for tech innovation,” says Vinod Sreeharsha, a Sao Paulo-based U.S. journalist who has written extensively about the Latin American tech industry.
Prey, is an anti-theft application developed by Tomás Pollak, for all the popular operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Ubuntu, Android). It helps mobile device users locate, secure, lock and recover your stuff if it goes missing. Continue reading →