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Thank you CHILE!! AndesBeat is going to La Idea semi-finals, New York city!

AndesBeat has been selected to present at La Idea’s semi-finals on November 14-15th in New York city, NY, USA. With heartfelt and tremendous appreciation Carlos Leiva Burotto aka Co-Founder Boy aka mi Chileno favorito and I would like to thank you Chile and the AndesBeat loyal readers and fans for being the inspiration for our work at AndesBeat. We launched on November 30, 2011 with big expectations and the intention to change the way people see and do business in Latin America.

On November 14-15th we will not present an ‘idea’ but our vision validated by your impact, your struggles and your achievements. We will be presenting to key influencers from the public and private sector related to all aspects of entrepreneurship and policy development in Latin America.

Remember when I wrote the (then) controversial post ‘Hecho en Chile’ and clearly told you my expectations of you as a community and a country in making big things happen in and for Chile? Today we see this vision becoming a reality every day in every way and we are deeply moved by the risks you are taking individually and together. Thank you Chile and AndesBeat readers for believing!!!

What is La Idea?

The Latin American Idea Partnership (La Idea) is a business competition platform that fosters collaboration between entrepreneurs in the United States and Latin America with the goal of expanding innovative businesses that will generate employment and economic growth throughout the Americas.

Who’s behind La Idea?

La Idea is a public-private partnership with the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, OPIC, the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Univision Networks, Boom Financial and WellSpace. The implementing partners of La Idea are ACCION, The U.S. Network, and FHI360.

What are the objectives of La Idea?

La Idea’s objective is to maximize the ongoing collaboration and shared expertise between U.S. and Latin American business communities to increase economic opportunity and jobs in Latin America. Its goals are to:

    • Generate awareness for resources available to entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Latin America through the business plan competition platform.
    • Strengthen entrepreneurship within the Latin American diaspora through events and a virtual marketplace platform.


What resources does La Idea provide to LatAm entrepreneurs?

La Idea provides the following forms of support and resources:

    • Awards to innovative and scalable businesses. Competition winners receive up to USD$100,000 in cash and in-kind awards to support their businesses.
    • Access to financing
    • Assistance to global markets and investors
    • Individual business counseling
    • Tools that foster local sustainable development and expand opportunities

Thanks again AndesBeat Readers!

Want to learn more about the work of La Idea or get connected with their community? You know how we roll!!! We are never too busy or too far away to share with you and support you. Send us your direct or personal questions.