Establishing Health 2.0 in Chile – Tech, Innovation, and the Doctors that Provide the Care

Editors Note: This guest post comes courtesy of Michael Granados, one of the co-founders and Head of Product Design at MedkoFeel free to send your guest posts to

As Santiago’s entrepreneurial hub continues to grow, thanks in large part to the efforts of Start-up Chile, more and more young companies in Latin America are revolutionizing one of society’s most import needs — healthcare. Continue reading

Health 2.0 has arrived to Chile

Editors’ Note: This guest post comes courtesy of Aljosha Novakovic, Co-Founder of Medko.
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Health 2.0 refers to the digital health movement, in which healthcare professionals are using web technologies to more effectively communicate, share information, collaborate, and spread health education.

In the broad sense, Health2.0 is the intertwining of technology and healthcare with the purpose of bettering the world around us. Leaving a “dent in the universe” (-Steve Jobs) is no small task, and before any digital health startups can have a global impact, there needs to be a movement (especially in a generally conservative industry), and Health 2.0 is doing it right. “Health 2.0” in this sense refers to the biggest digital health organization in the world, with chapters in Asia, Africa, Brazil, and throughout Europe and the States. We are proud to announce that Health 2.0’s newest chapter is coming to Chile. Continue reading

2 Brazilian Finalists in DevCup 2012!

Evernote, a U.S. founded company, which allows users to capture, organize, and find information across multiple platforms recently hosted its 2nd annual competition branded ‘DevCup’.

The DevCup competition aims to discover developers and inspire new apps based on Evernote software and supporting new features within the Evernote platform.

The DevCup essentially builds a collaborative ‘open source’ community that will allow them to choose the best software developments, which will surely contribute to improve Evernote’s overall user experience and continue to maintain and grow their client base.

Congrats Evernote for allowing your long-time fans and community to be a part of creating your future.

The deadline for signing up for this competition recently ended with the Evernote team receiving hundreds of applications from around the world including Asia and Latin America. This resulted in the overwhelming challenge of having to decide on only 5 finalists.

While no teams from Chile made it to the finals, we were happy to see South America featured among the global talent, represented by our neighboring startup community in Brazil.

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Aurus Capital ‘Taggify’ US$750k

As reported by Andrea Hartung yesterday (via La Tercera), Taggify, which allows publishers to monetize their website through relevant ads in text, images and videos, has received a US $750k investment from Aurus Capital.


Tiburcio de la Carcova played his major role (as advisor) in this game when he introduced Gustavo Bessone (Taggify CEO and co-founder) to Raimundo Cerda (Aurus Managing Partner). Continue reading

WeHackIt! founder Diego Araos being interviewed by Hermione Way [Video]

It’s February 18th, 2012, 10 am or is it 10 pm??? Regardless of the time, Hermione Way (TheNextWeb reporter & video director) senses a fresh spirit at The Hatchery building (San Francisco, CA).

She decides to start the dialogue (applying her British accent strategy) and after a couple of words, she detects a different frequency of entrepreneurs.


Without knowing it, she’s the first reporter experiencing the AndesBeat.

After a couple of minutes of engaging with Chile’s Geek Fantasy Camp startups she finds someone who gets her nerdy love & attention for startups (the same we share at AndesBeat). The name of the guy is none other than Diego AraosWeHackIt! Founder with an unrelentless passion to bring hackathon’s experience into a web reality (Araos latest hacks were Joystick.js &

What was the synergy of the moment?

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Sequoia Capital hits Latin America 40 years later, with Scanntech US$10M investment

Editor’s note: The official press release was reported on December 7, 2011. 

This may seem like ‘old’ news, however, since we’re continuously hunting uncovered news about Latin America startup scene that haven’t received coverage in the English markets, we decided to publish this information regardless.

Back in 2011, Raul Polakof (Scanntech CEO) discussed the challenges and opportunities of building a business in a small market and how his company survived a financial crisis and the brink of bankruptcy. 9 months later, Scanntech, a Uruguayan based company that provides a platform for small business, received US$10M invesment from Sequoia Capital. The funding are for growing purposes and will help to strengthten Scanntech expansion in the region.

This is the first time that Sequoia Capital makes an investment in Latin America. Sequoia is one of the top vc fundings of the world (they raised 1,35 billion last year to fund new startups), and they are known by leading investments in companies that are developing new technologies and have high-growth potential such as AppleGoogleLinkedinPaypalOracle, Cisco and Yahoo! (check their Internet portfolio). Continue reading

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:

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Chilean national youth robotics team ready to ‘Kinect’ in the U.S.A.

Corazón de Chileno® (FRC Team 2576) is Chile’s multi award winning national youth robotics team. They are the only Chilean team represented in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an international tournament where more than 4000 teams participate.

Launched in 1991, FRC launches a different challenge every year, made by engineers from different companies like NASA, General Motors and Lockheed Martin.

This year, youth teams from all around the world will be working on the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge: Rebound Rumble, where the robots will play a game similar to basketball. A very important thing to consider is that the robots will need to be controlled by Kinect, the Microsoft XBox 360 device (a sensory device that allows you to control the XBox 360 solely using body gestures and spoken commands). Continue reading

8 slots available for One-on-One Mentoring with Vanesa Kolodziej

Organized by Tara Roberts who runs Girltank  a movement that connects and support young women social entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world and Girls in Tech Chile, this mentoring activity (for women entrepreneurs and startup founders) is scheduled for March 5th, 2012 (Location: to be determined).

There are only 8 slots available. Vanesa will choose the 8 she thinks she can best help, so make your case as clear as possible. Continue reading