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Chile’s Startup Week in Review….

Gran Chile startup founders and tech entrepreneurs! I am so proud of you. Indeed you have come along way since January 12, 2012. (Note: The week’s highlights and new contest launches follow intro).

I see you are taking your place in the world not as merely startup founders and tech entrepreneurs from Chile, but as rising global startup thought leaders launching out of Latin America; and the next generation of Angels/VC founders and philanthropists in the making.

Over recent weeks, you have been crushing all the misconceptions and beliefs that are often heard among entrepreneurial and startup circles in Latin America.

Startups and tech entrepreneurs – here’s how you are blowing IT up and making big things happen in (and for) Chile:

Geek Fantasy Camp

Co-hosted by IncubaUC, DUOC and 3DS

Geek Fantasy Camp teams are closing out their month in Silicon Valley and will return to Santiago, Chile on or about March 6th. Can’t wait to see you guys, we have missed you! Thanks to all the folks in Silicon Valley who reached out to us and were such gracious hosts.  There is still a little time remaining if you want to catch up with them this week.

(pictured above: Marcelo Diaz Bowen, Executive Director, IncubaUC, Hiroshi Wald, Managing Director at Austral Capital and Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups)

Applications are now open

Apply now for the next Geek Fantasy Camp (Startup Sleepover) taking place April 11-15!

Applications close soon!!


Mobile Apps Contest Opens Soon

Techolab prepares to open applications for its next challenge launching in March in conjunction with Movistar.

The challenge will be related to developing mobile apps – o-b-v-i-o!

Game Developers Conference U.S.A.

IguanaBee will represent Chile in the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California USA (March 6th)

SXSW Interactive Music Festival

Nixter will be participating in Startup Spotlight at SXSW (March 9th

About Startup Spotlight: Located in the heart of Startup Village, this special reception shines a spotlight on new and emerging startups. There will be complimentary drinks and demos from participating companies.

Top Five reasons to be part of Startup Village:

  1. Expand Your Network
  2. Learn From Industry Leaders
  3. Experience the Excitement of SXSW Accelerator
  4. Take Advantage of Media Exposure
  5. Experience All That You Are Looking for in One Stop

Sub35 Heads to Asia

Sub35 winners are preparing to head to South Korea, including Latin America’s Augmented Reality pioneers, Gled.

FIRST Robotics League

International Qualifiers in USA

The National Youth Robotics Team counts down to their trip to the U.S.A. to show off their fancy smancy Microsoft Kinect Robot that they designed, built and programmed in 6 weeks!!!

They will be arriving to U.S.A. on March 12th to participate in the international championship qualifiers for FIRST FRC Robotics Competition.

They are also still trying to raise funds of $25,000 USD in total to travel with their entire team.

Launch Conference offers 10 international scholarships


The LAUNCH Festival is doing so well we want to get more folks involved from outside the USA.

Great ideas and startups can come from anywhere today, and Launch organizers are particularly interested in bringing more startups from Israel, Korea, Japan, China and South America (and of course beyond!) to the LAUNCH Festival DEMO Pit in San Francisco March 7 & 8.

LAUNCH will pick up the entire cost (except your travel) to ensure we have a truly international event.

You just have to get your team there.

(A Chilean mobile startup that we can’t mention is going to launch at this conference)

Big Thanks!

I sincerely want to thank you all for your emails with your ideas to grow the AndesBeat movement; your activity on the social engagement side; your referrals to your friends startup projects; invitations to your events; getting us connected to other startup networks outside of Santiago; and your story suggestions and updates while you are in stealth mode and are building the ideas in the early stages.

In addition to this activity you created, we are also happy to announce we have recently entered some amazing partnerships at AndesBeat. Over the coming weeks you will start to see some new things come to surface that we have been working on to help you further build your brand and name and reach the international investment community and global marketplace.


Did I miss anything?

Send me your news and event updates to tips (at) andesbeat (dot) com or post your message in the comments

Yoda Photo Courtesy: Luis Duarte Romero, IncubaUC