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Chile innovates LatAm’s spirits industry with craft wines

Editor’s Note: Happy International Women’s History month! We would like to take this time to celebrate women around the world, including the 5 very awesome ones working at AndesBeat. Over recent months our team (consulting) has grown and we are now a team of 6 working on projects with U.S., European and Southeast Asian companies who are doing business in and with Latin America. From international business regulations and global infrastructure development to Design Thinking, over the next weeks, we’ll share their insights, commentary and experiences on the present (and future) of doing business in and with Latin America. We welcome your ideas and guest contributions.

 It’s not an overstatement to say that the very future of Chilean wine is being decided right now.

- Peter Richards, author of “The Wines of Chile”

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Lessons from women in Uganda: Chile, take note.

Mary is a small, slim woman no taller than 5 foot 3, but she speaks with a sincerity and conviction unparalleled among people two times her size, and when she does so, the world stops and listens. When you speak to her, her eye contact never wavers from yours as she carefully digests every word, consonant, and syllable that you say. She is a mother, a teacher, a leader, and an entrepreneur (in no particular order, she puts her heart into everything). Her laughter is contagious, her kindness infectious, her spirit uplifting, and her ambition inspiring. She embodies beauty and strength.

Mary (whose name has been changed for anonymity) is a woman that I met last April, who I had the pleasure of working alongside throughout 2013. Five years ago, Mary and her family were living in a mud shack. When a local organization offered to give her a microloan to start her own business, Mary wasn’t sure she was capable of becoming an entrepreneur, but she mustered up her confidence and began her own store, selling bottles of soda for around $0.20 USD in her small village. A few years later, Mary saved enough money from her small business to build a semi-permanent house. She and her family are healthy and financially stable; most of the money she makes now goes towards her children’s school fees to ensure that they receive a good education. Furthermore, she’s now an Assistant Director of the nonprofit organization that gave her the loan to start her business in the first place. She inspires women in three different countries to follow her lead. She is Ugandan, and she is the strongest woman I have ever met.

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Ex-Groupon executives launch site for parents and their babies

This article, originally posted on February 15, 2014 on Emol.com, has been translated from Spanish to English for AndesBeat readers. To read the original version, click here.

Babytuto subscribers grew from 10,000 in August of 2013, to more than 50,000 of January of this year. They hope to reach 200,000 by the end of 2014. Continue reading

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World Startup Report: 16 Countries and Counting

Editors note: This guest post comes courtesy of Bowei Gai, founder of World Startup Report.
Bowei sold CardMunch to LinkedIn in 2011.
After releasing The China Startup Report and generating more than 125K views, he started a 9-month long trip in January 2013 to research the world’s startup ecosystems (across 29 countries and 36 cities).

He visited Chile between March 7th – 10th and I supported his work by setting up an agenda to connect the chilean community (founders and investors) with him.

If you’re planning a trip to explore Chile’s market and networks, make sure to:
1) download our new ‘Making it happen in Chile‘ market entry handbook series 
and
2) check in with AndesBeat.

A million thanks to the World Startup Report team, sponsors, and volunteers around the world for making this trip a reality. It’s been an amazing 6 months. Here’s a recap of what I’ve learned on the road. Continue reading

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What (or who) makes Chile go?

As Chile celebrates the ‘Year of Innovation’ AndesBeat is excited to announce What Make Chile Go/Lo que mueve a Chile powered by uShip, Austin, Texas (USA). Let us know your favorite contributors to the innovation culture of Chile. They’ll be featured for our readership.

Since we launched AndesBeat in November 2011, we have always been fascinated with introducing the world to Chile’s undiscovered talent and projects in the world of technology. Attracting an international fan base with a strong readership in Silicon Valley, they are often curious about the innovation coming out of Chile and the culture of early stage startups.

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Start-Up Chile’s Generation 8 application process opens today!

Editors’ Note: This press release comes courtesy of Start-Up Chile. The Chilean program re-initiates its search for bootstrappers who will receive equity-free seed capital of USD$40,000 and a 1-year work visa to launch their startup in Chile.

SANTIAGO, Chile, June 10th– Start-Up Chile announces the opening of its 8th round of applications seeking to select, fund, and host up to 100 startup companies in Chile, giving them access to a global network for those determined to make their projects global. Since the program´s opening on 2010, more than 670 startups coming from 50 different countries have participated in Start-Up Chile.

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Joan Lyman shares her $600 million dollar acquisition story today in Chile

The Chilean entrepreneur community is proud to welcome Katie Gage, Director of Programming at Springboard Enterprises; and Joan Lyman, Partner at LMG Corp. They will be the special guests at today’s Girls in Tech Chile meetup. Women @the Frontier is also supporting this meetup.

Joan Lyman will be sharing her experience as a serial entrepreneur and Dell’s recent acquisition of her company, formerly Secureworks, for $600 million USD.  Dell SecureWorks focuses exclusively on security services to protect thousands of customers around the world.

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Big data, big news from Chile’s InstaGIS…they’re headed to 500 startups!

Chile’s InstaGIS cutting-edge big-data-geo-visualization-solution checks all the cool factor boxes. As a result they can now set their next destination as 500 startups. InstaGIS along with Floqq are two Chilean based startups that have been accepted into Batch 6 of the highly regarded accelerator.

InstaGIS is a geographic information system that allows retail stores to target their audiences. Translation they make super fancy interactive infographics that can be used by companies for market research and business intelligence to monitor what is happening in a specific geographic area.

And whether InstaGIS is used in a competitive retail environment such as Chile where there is not critical mass yet 2,500 people are waiting in line 24 hours for the doors of the newly launched H&M to open; or 5,000 miles away in Washington, DC which has a very affluent population but lacks high end retailers so Andi Joseph from the Golden Triangle BID is globetrotting trying to fill that void – obviously you can already see a few different ways companies could rock their software.

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La Tercera is first Chilean newspaper available on PressReader

Founded in 1950, La Tercera is one of the oldest and most highly respected newspapers in Chile. It is the first newspaper in Chile and one of the first in South America that is available on the PressReader app.

PressReader is the world’s largest digital newspaper kiosk bringing over 2,300 digital newspaper publications to users’ tablet or smartphone!

The application is easily-navigated, user-friendliness and highly useful for all smartphone and tablet users, as well as newspaper junkies, travellers, expats, business professionals, lawyers and moms who are often on the go.

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AndesBeat launches Chile market entry handbook series for companies

AndesBeat new Chile market entry handbook series was created based on the many inquiries we have received the past 18 months through our contact page, from startup founders and fortune companies alike.

Insights related to specific business protocols; business intelligence related to a certain industry vertical; infrastructure (technology and financial); or identifying a starting point for exploring business opportunities in the region, especially for the English language market are among the most common requests.

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