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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Santiago Hackathon invites developers to create Windows app in 24 hours

Save the date: On April 13th and 14th, the best developers, designers, entrepreneurs and students based in Chile will compete to win the Santiago Hackathon.

With 150 competitors, the Santiago Hackathon is one of the biggest tech events hosted in Santiago this year. The participants will have 24 hours to create incredible products and have the chance to work with Chilean and foreign entrepreneurs from all over the world alike.

It will be about 24 hours of working and the challenge isn’t easy; the ‘hustlers’ will work all night long, heads will be spinning and in the end everybody will be dead tired, but hopefully happy with their final product.

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Official launch ceremony of 3IE this Friday in Santiago!

In order to deliver support to a greater number of entrepreneurs and innovators, one of the oldest incubators is being installed in Santiago de Chile.

And this one is called 3IE!

The International Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 3IE of the Santa María University promotes and facilitates technological entrepreneurship through a system of innovation.

It grants their network of companies an environment that allows to strengthen entrepreneurs, from behavioral aspects to connecting with the world of business projects.

From the beginning on, 3IE emerged as a pioneering initiative of the Santa María University in the region and the country and during its 12 years of existence it has developed significant experience in the formation of technology based businesses, by now having alliances with major companies such as Microsoft, Intel or Startup Chile. Continue reading

Gled plays with Chile’s entrepreneurial reality

Editor’s Note: This story is  republished from Shonika Proctor’s February 2012 monthly print column in I Love Chile English language newspaper where the article first appeared.

Somewhere between the physical world and the virtual world, the creative world and the technical world, lies the world that Gled built.

Originally started as a project out of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, UTFSM, (Chile’s leading Science, Technology and Engineering School) by classmates Aníbal Valencia, Juan Pablo León, Tomás Mardones and Gonzalo Vallejos, the multi-award winning company, Gled, has risen to become one of Latin America’s (and in many regards) one of the world’s leading providers of augmented reality (AR) customized applications. Continue reading

ePig games surpasses 1,000,000 downloads

For those who thought that a small bootstrapping Chilean game design studio was only capable of competing in the space with larger more well-funded companies when (e)pigs fly, AndesBeat is predicting that the price of pork is going to increase considerably in the near future.

The award winning ePig games studio was the first company in Chile to develop an HTML5 game.

And now, Nicolás Palacios, ePig Games CEO, along with his co-founders Andres Cortes and Diego Palacios (who is also his brother) are celebrating another huge milestone as their ePig games series has busted through 1,000,000 downloads. Continue reading

Geeks fantasy becomes real as Chilean startups arrive in Silicon Valley

Conceptualized by Santiago, Chile IncubaUC (Entrepreneurship Incubator at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and co-produced in conjunction with U.S. based 3 Day Startup, Geek Fantasy Camp brought together a random group of entrepreneurial minded professional people with the objective to launch a startup in 5 days and 2 nights.

The winning teams as determined by a group of international investors, accomplished entrepreneurs and co-founders of 3 Day Startups were awarded a trip to Silicon Valley and will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors based in the Valley. They will be traveling in Silicon Valley February 5 to March 6, 2012 and AndesBeat will be tracking their journey and milestones from their trip. Continue reading

Just Did It: Smashrun makes running ‘simply beautiful’ for Nike+ users

Smashrun is designed to frame each run“, stated Co-founder Chris Lukic. Finishing that run today meant that you’ve run 280 miles this year. It’s more than 50 miles further than you’d run last year at this time. And it was the 3rd fastest 4-mile run you’ve ever done. You’re running twice as many miles a week as your friend, Joe, and, when it comes to sheer discipline — showing up day in and day out – you’re at the top of your game.”

After 5 long years, Santiago, Chile based startup Smashrun, has sprinted forward and introduced a streamlined, yet edgy solution to address the shortcomings and frustration that millions of runners have experienced, who until now have relied primarily on the problematic and buggy Nike+ website to provide their running analytics. Continue reading

Gympact: Incentivizes exercise with cash and prizes

As the New Year is upon us, it is estimated that 88% of the people who set goals will not fulfill them. In fact, 40% will not make it past the first 30 days. At the top of the list for resolutions is health and fitness related goals. This year, Gympact, a startup based out of Santiago, Chile wants to incentivize and socialize your exercise experience with their clever new program which launches on January 1, 2012.

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Techolab announces winners in its debut competition (Part 2 of 2)

Editors Note: This is Part 2 of a 2 part post. Part 1 introduces Techolab, Latin America’s Largest Open and Social Innovation Platform.

 

Techolab, Latin America’s largest open and social innovation network and incubator has successfully completed its first contest ‘Desafío Clave’ (Key Challenge),  sponsored by INJUV. Three winners, selected out of a pool of nearly 800 applicants, walked away with $60,000 USD each to further research and build out their respective projects.

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Squape: The more we get together, the happier we’ll be!

The more we get together, the happier we’ll be, ‘Cause your friends are my friends, and my friends are your friends….I could totally imagine Barney rocking that song. And after a quick visit to youtube, I found him doing exactly that!

But what might that song look like in real life? Seems that the startup team at Squape has some idea! Launched in just 2 days at HackSantiagoSquape is a startup out of Santiago, Chile founded by Patricio Jimenez (23), José Albornoz (18) and Felipe Cabargas (20) that makes it easier to spend more time with the people you love in the places you love.

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