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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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Junior World Entrepreneurship makes its first appearance in Chile!

It’s the Year of Innovation in Chile and that means programming, activities and events for EVERYONE to participate in, from first time entrepreneurs and young people to retirees and the unemployed workforce who are looking for ways to reinvent themselves.

This week we are thrilled to bring you news that the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum (JWEF) will be hosted for the first time in Chile. As addressed in this year’s Davos Economic Summit, with young people under the age of 24 making up approximately 40% of the world’s unemployment rate, youth unemployment is now considered both a global crisis and global responsibility  (Source: Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment).

This Global Forum on Youth Entrepreneurship will address topics and themes essential for building and nurturing globally competent young leaders throughout Chile. Additionally, the ideas and recommendations generated during these two days will be gathered in a white paper and presented in the 6th Edition of the WEF to be held in Singapore this November.

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Four Chilean startups selected for UDD Venture’s Open StartUp

“Simplify your life” could be the mantra for the winners of the Open Start Up competition of UDD Ventures. More than 200 projects applied, and in the end an evaluation committee chose four winners from the last 9 pre-selected teams.

Analyzing the winning companies, you clearly see the trends of today’s Startup scene: Simplify processes within the companies and improve communication and transparency. Social networks and mobile apps can be found in all kinds of areas, some of them more, some of them less useful (but we won’t mention any names ;-)) Continue reading

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International team of young entrepreneurs discovers the end of the world

E-Ship, the first ship of innovation, starts its expedition to the Chilean Patagonia on March 25th. It gives 80 Chilean and international students the chance to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship and make new friends all over the world.

The delegation of academics of the Catholic University of Chile, the University of Development and Stanford is going to sail from Punta Arenas, analyzing 8 big challenges in 5 days of an exciting voyage aboard ship in the most southern part of Chile (and the world)!

The official launch event will take place tomorrow, March 21th, at 18:30 hrs in the installations of Gabriela Mistral in Santiago center. All supporters and friends are invited to take part, learn more about E-Ship and meet the crew that is going to sail from Punta Arenas on March 25th at 18:00 hrs. Continue reading

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AndesBeat to host Yale University journalism delegation in Santiago, Chile

AndesBeat will host new world change-makers under the radar of old world knowledge at an upcoming event in Santiago, Chile which will showcase the emerging startup and entrepreneurship scene in Chile.

Santiago, Chile – AndesBeat, Latin America’s first English language media publication dedicated to ‘covering the uncovered’ stories in Latin America’s emerging startup scene, announced today that in their inaugural event they will host a group of students from the Globalist (the quarterly international global affairs publication of Yale University).

Many local organizations were surprised to learn that AndesBeat inaugural event was not a ‘startup themed’ event. However, directly in line with their cultural game-changing mission, the event serves as a critical foundation in terms of integrating Latin America’s media ecosystem into trends in the international media. The event will leverage the rising media talent from a prestigious 300+ year institution of higher learning along with the timely theme of stimulating and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship within a sub-developed country. AndesBeat is working hard at a grassroots level to increase the amount of coverage Latin American startups receives from local and international media. By making these stories more ‘accessible and approachable’ to the media, they also seek to educate the everyday citizen in Latin America about the entrepreneurship and startup world.

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Clouli’s new network leads Latin America into the ‘Age of Knowledge’

Clouli‘s (Cloud + Liberty) new e-learning platform, created under the direction of Sergio Ionele Povea Sáez, former CEO of the award winning Goin Entertainment, is designed with the intention to help Latin Americans ‘free their mind’ through knowledge co-creation and shared experiences.

Based out of Temuco, the capital of the Araucania Region IX (in the south of Chile), also further reaffirms the breadth of startup talent emerging from outside of Chile’s capital city.

Intended to be a mashup that blends the creativity, depth,  infiniteness and design side of TED with the crowdsourced insightful responses of Quora, it appears that Clouli is setting the foundation to support its home country of Chile, in increasing and scaling its human capital knowledge base and talent pool. Continue reading

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Master Your Power ‘Investor’ Pitch with Héctor Sepúlveda

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Power Pitch Presentation for Business Efficiency

IncubaUC, the business incubator at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, with Emprende Claro and LG, proudly presents a workshop on “POWER PITCH PRESENTATIONS FOR BUSINESS EFFICIENCY,” presented by Power Pitch creator Héctor Sepúlveda. The event will be held on December 20, 2011 from 09:00 to 13:00 hours Room S 82 UC MBA, located at Alameda 440, Santiago.

The focus of this event will be on the presentation of the so-called “Elevator Pitch”, a trend born in the United States in the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and is aimed at achieving an investor through a business presentation and efficient delivery in a very short time (maximum 5 minutes). Continue reading